Podium debut for schlorship winner

Malcolm Finch

New SpeedSport Scholarship driver Malcolm Finch took a podium place at his first race meeting just seven days after being named the annual winner.

Finch beat five other finalists to win the coveted prize the weekend before and made a successful single-seater racing debut at the Manfeild Winter Series with Sabre Motorsport, confirming his choice as the 11th annual Scholarship winner.

Scholarship co-founder and Sabre team owner Dennis Martin said he was impressed with his first race meeting with the 20-year-old Aucklander and predicted a good season for the new recruit.

"Malcolm had a very efficient days testing before the race meeting, he's a fast learner and impressively smooth in the car," said Martin.  

"A third place in Race 2 was a very good start and the team is excited about working with Malcolm this coming season. He was clearly fastest through the tricky Manfeild infield all weekend, so he's showing great promise."

Finch came home third just 0.312s behind the race winner, showing just how close the racing is in this category. He retired from the first race with a gear selector failure and crossed the finish line fourth in Race 3.  The three races were won multiple champion Michael Shepherd, Ryan Hellier and Michael Scott.

For his Scholarship year, Finch receives a full-funded season racing a Formula First single-seater racing car in the Winter Series and the New Zealand championship with Sabre Motorsport, a customised Chicane racing suit with boots and gloves, and a new Arai race helmet.

The next round of the Manfeild Winter Series is 2-3 July.

Media: Speedsport 8th Jun 11
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