Unless you have been living in a cave, with your eyes closed, and your head encased in a block of concrete – unless you have been doing that, you surely can’t have failed to notice that these are tough economic times that we live in.
Unemployment is high, everyday costs are rising and businesses are keeping a careful eye on cashflow. Unsurprisingly, sponsorship, that vital ingredient in every form of motor racing, is becoming increasingly difficult to come across as reluctant corporate types balk at the thought of backing teams and individuals, regardless of their form.
No more is this evident than in the circumstances that surround last year’s Formula Ford runaway winner, Scott Malvern.
With 26 victories from 33 races, and an all-important Festival win, Malvern rewrote the series’ history books in 2011, which, lest we forget, features previous champions such as Ayrton Senna and Jenson Button.
And yet, despite his success, this young aspiring driver faces his greatest challenge to date as he fights to secure a place on the grid this year – the cost of realising his career ambitions proving extremely high and extremely prohibitive.
It initially looked as though Malvern would make the natural transition to slicks and wings in F2 this year, but with a season costing upwards of £275,000, it’s hardly surprising this was put on the back burner.
A recent article in Autosport suggested he might look at peddling a GT car instead, and there are murmurings that he may even look stateside, with many interested in what he has to offer. And that’s what makes Malvern’s plight all the more frustrating. It’s not his ability that is holding him back, it’s the lack of funding, pure and simple.
While he may not be the only young aspiring driver in the same predicament, he is immensely talented, more so than many others in a similar position (his track record speaks for itself), and so, it would be a crying shame if someone so talented was forced to sit on the sidelines this year.
So, what can you do to help?
Well, desperate times call for desperate measures, and while the Malverns go knocking on doors trying to drum up support for their son, an online donation page (here) has been created with a view to help raise £75,000.
I know that any donations will be greatly appreciated, so give whatever you can, however small, for Scott deserves all the support that we can give him.
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