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Walter Hayes Trophy

31 Oct 2020 - 01 Nov 2020 31 Oct 2020 09:00 01 Nov 2020 18:00 Europe/London Walter Hayes Trophy The 2020 season will finish on a high with the annual Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy, with some of the busiest grids on the calendar. Silverstone Circuit

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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 season at the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’ has been slightly different to say the least. However,the Walter Hayes Trophy remains firmly placed on the calendar to add some much anticipated end of season excitement. 2020 will mark the twentieth-running of ‘The ‘Hayes’ – the world’s largest Formula Ford 1600 event. Racing will take place throughout the weekend and will see racers on-track around the 1.6-mile Silverstone National Circuit as they attempt to progress through a series of knockout races en-route to the all-important Walter Hayes Trophy Grand Final – the winner of which will be rewarded with the Walter Hayes Trophy.

The Walter Hayes Trophy annually boasts some of the busiest grids, and closest racing witnessed at Silverstone all year, and this year’s event will see the trophy presented for the twentieth time. Formula Ford began in 1967, and since then has been creating champions including drivers such as Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter, Ayrton Senna, Johnny Herbert, David Coulthard, Mark Webber, Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson and Josef Newgarden. Joey Foster (2003, ’04 and ’05) and Peter Dempsey (2006, ’07 and ’10) have both won the Walter Hayes Trophy three times. The current holder of the trophy is Jordan Dempsey , the young Irishman just pipping Northamptonshire’s Michael Moyers to the chequered flag last year to prevent Moyers becoming the racer to complete a Hayes hat-trick.



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2020 Walter Hayes Testing & Entries

Full Package Race Entry Including Testing £640
Formula Ford 1600cc Race Entry £300
Silverstone Allcomers Scratch Race for Closed wheel Cars £240
Silverstone Allcomers Scratch Race for Open wheel Cars £240

Walter Hayes – Wednesday

Wednesday Open Pit Lane Testing £459

Walter Hayes – Thursday

FF1600 Thursday Testing £195

Walter Hayes – Friday

FF1600 Friday Testing £150
Closed Wheel Friday Testing £200
Open Wheel Friday Testing £180

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*Early Bird Offer ends 14th September


The Walter Hayes Trophy is traditionally Silverstone’s season finale, and provides some of the very best wheel-to-wheel action seen here at the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’ during the course of the year. The Walter Hayes Trophy is contested for by Formula Ford 1600 cars, and since the competition’s humble beginnings has grown into the world’s largest and most prestigious racing event for a category that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.

The Walter Hayes Trophy attracts competitors from all around the globe to participate in a knockout competition. Over 100 cars will start the event, driven by both professional drivers and amateur racers and they will battle through a series of heats on the opening day to reach Sunday’s all-important knockout phase. With each race, further competitors leave the competition until, after two semi-finals, the top thirty-six drivers line-up for the Grand Final. The winner of this race will win the Walter Hayes Trophy, and join a growing list of distinguished drivers to have done so.


Walter Hayes was a marketing executive and public relations guru who worked for the Ford Motor Company. Hayes was instrumental in the formation of Formula Ford, the famous Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 and was responsible for Ford’s association with the Ford-Cosworth DFV engine – the most successful F1 engine of all-time. Sir Jackie Stewart OBE won three F1 World Championship titles (1969, 71, 73) all using cars powered by Ford-Cosworth DFV engines, and the 27-time Grand Prix winner  recognises Walter Hayes’ contribution to the sport and his career, saying, “Without Walter Hayes, there would be no Jackie Stewart.” Walter Hayes passed away in December 2000, and the Walter Hayes Trophy was created the following year to celebrate his life and career.


Support Races

The Walter Hayes Trophy is all about Formula Ford 1600 single-seater racing cars, but the event is well known for providing the visitor to Silverstone with a diverse and entertaining array of cars within its support categories.

Two Allcomers Races take place during the second day of track action on Sunday 3rd November. Races for Open Wheel (single-seater) and Closed Wheel (Sports and Saloons) will provide plenty of excitement, with competitors on-track between qualifying races for the Walter Hayes Trophy Formula Ford competition.All types of racing car are eligible to compete in these Allcomers Races, and every year these events deliver something special for the Silverstone visitor to enjoy. In previous years entries have included such cars as an Arrows F1 car and Le Mans prototypes – quite a spectacle!

Timetable available soon.

History of the Walter Hayes Trophy

Formula Ford appeared on race tracks for the first time in 1967, and since then the category has been a training ground of champions. Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter, Johnny Herbert, BRDC Club President, David Coulthard, Mark Webber and Jenson Button all made their mark in Formula Ford, and Silverstone has a long history of providing a playground for the 1600cc Ford-powered cars. In August 2001 a race for Historic Formula Ford cars during the International Historic Festival event carried the name of the Walter Hayes Trophy, and over the next few years the title grew into a full race meeting to become the largest FF1600 race meeting in the world, and the most coveted category prize.

Providing a thrilling end to the Silverstone season, the WHT traditionally plays out to an enthralled and excited audience around the 1.6-mile National Circuit, with packed grids providing superb racing to warm the spirits on an early winter weekend.


2001 Neil Fowler – GB (Lola T200)

2002 Gavin Wills – GB (Swift SC92F)

2003 Joey Foster -GB (Reynard 92FF)

2004 Joey Foster- GB (Reynard 89FF)

2005 Joey Foster- GB (Reynard 89FF)

2006 Peter Dempsey – IRL (Ray GRS06)

2007 Peter Dempsey – IRL (Ray GRS07)

2008 Conor Daly – USA (Ray GRS08)

2009 Connor di Phillippi – USA (Ray GRS08)

2010 Peter Dempsey – IRL (Ray GRS09)

2011 Adrian Campfield – GB (Spectrum 011c)

2012 Tristan Nunez – USA (Ray GRS07/08)

2013 Scott Malvern – GB (Spectrum 011c)

2014 Wayne Boyd – GB (Van Diemen MS13K)

2015 Graham Carroll – GB (Van Diemen JL13)

2016 Niall Murray  – IRL (Van Diemen RF99)

2017 Michael Moyers – GB (Spectrum 011c)

2018 Michael Moyers -GB (Spectrum 011c)

2019 Jordan Dempsey – IRL (Spectrum 011c)


Will there be any famous faces racing?

The Walter Hayes Trophy has a history providing well-known racers, who have graduated to other disciplines of the sport, the chance to return to their roots and drive these entertaining cars. Touring car champion Gordon Shedden and Le Mans star, Oliver Jarvis, being just two to drive in the WHT. Other well-known drivers such as Danny Watts, Steven Kane, David Leslie, Neil Cunningham, Vincenzo Sospiri, Bas Leinders, Josef Newgarden, Conor Daly and W Series champion, Jamie Chadwick, have also taken part.

Two drivers have won the Walter Hayes Trophy three times. Joey Foster scored a hat-trick of wins in 2003, 2004 and 2005 while Peter Dempsey took the top spot in 2006, 2007 and 2010. The current holder of the trophy is Jordan Dempsey.

Fun Facts

  • The Walter Hayes Trophy carries the name of Walter Hayes, an unsung hero from the sport of motor racing. A journalist turned marketing executive, Hayes worked for the Ford Motor Company and persuaded the motoring giant to become involved with a junior racing category (Formula Ford), as well as being instrumental in the production and racing if the famous Ford GT40 and the company’s association with the Ford-Cosworth DFV F1 engine. An engine that went on to become the most successful Grand Prix engine if all-time.
  • Racers from around the world travel annually to Silverstone to compete in the Walter Hayes Trophy. Drivers from Australia, the United States, Scandinavia, mainland Europe and Ireland joined UK racers in the 2017 event.
  • Thirteen different drivers have won the Walter Hayes Trophy since its first running in 2001.
  • Cliff Dempsey Racing has won the race six times, with Marque Cars Racing and Kevin Mills Racing three times each. CDR’s victories were all with Ray cars, Marque Cars with Reynard and KMR with Australian built Spectrum chassis.
  • 2017 WHT winner, Michael Moyers, lives locally to Silverstone and his father, Peter, works at the venue!
  • The Walter Hayes Trophy welcomes FF1600 cars of all ages to its qualification heats, and the Pre ’93 class of the WHT in 2017 was won by Dutch airline pilot, Jaap Blijleven, while the 2017 Historic FF1600 champion, Richard Tarling, won the Pre ’82 class title.
  • The winner has been presented with the famous Walter Hayes Trophy on many occasions by three-time F1 World champion, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE. The BRDC Vice President attributes his F1 success to Hayes involvement with the Ford-Cosworth DFV engine, a power plant Stewart used in each of his three title winning seasons.





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