Logan Hannah on top form at Walter Hayes Trophy

November 4, 2019

Formula Ford

The Walter Hayes Trophy is one of the biggest on the Formula Ford calendar. With over 100 drivers gathering to race on the Silverstone circuit, the field is slowly whittled down until just 36 remain to battle it out in the Grand Final. Making the final race is always an achievement with consistency needed along with pace. Logan Hannah was amongst the runners and riders this year and put in a fantastic performance over the weekend to finish an impressive 21st place.

After a great season in the Scottish Formula Ford championship, and strong drive at the recent Formula Ford Festival, Logan arrived at Silverstone with a target to reach the final. Logan was drawn into the heat one group, which also included reigning W Series champion Jamie Chadwick. Being a driver that Logan looks up to this was a great chance for her to test herself against one of the fastest rising female talents in Motorsport.

Logan got things off to a great start in qualifying finishing in 9th place which immediately gave her a good shot at making the final although there was still a long way to go! Out of 27 drivers it was a great result and even more impressive was the fact it put her directly behind Chadwick in the standings finishing 0.6 seconds behind.

Next up would be heat one and around the national layout of the Silverstone circuit the racing was expected to be very close! Logan initially was able to retain her spot in the top ten before dropping to 11th place on lap three. But keeping the top ten within arm’s length Logan then started to put in some impressive lap times and fought her way back to 9th in the second half of the race to hold position. Once again she would just finish just behind Chadwick who was less than two seconds up the road.

The result would put Logan 18th on the grid for Semi-Final 2 with a top 18 finish needed to qualify for the Grand Final. It would make for a nervy watch with 36 drivers lined up on the grid all desperate to earn a spot. Nerves grew even more off track after a hectic opening lap saw Logan drop down to 20th place. But there were no signs of nerves on it with Logan holding position for the first few laps before making her moves in the second half of the race to finish 17th place just half a second behind 16th.

The result would put Logan on row 17 for the Grand Final. With Logan’s goals now reached the weekend could only get better from here and she approached the race having nothing to lose. However, the racer in Logan wanted to finish as high as possible and from 33rd on the grid she would certainly make some progress!

The final did have its fair share of drama with a red flag coming out after just three laps leading to a restart which would see Logan start from 30th. In the remaining ten laps Logan would quickly make progress climbing to 23rd place by lap three. Logan was then embroiled in a fight for the top 20 with lots of overtaking seeing her both gain and lose positions all in one lap! But in the latter stages of the race another small climb up the field saw Logan get up to 21st where she would go on to finish the race.

Logan was just 0.145 seconds behind a top 20 finish, but it was still a brilliant result for her and a great way to round off the 2020 season! The result has come from a year of hard work which has seen Logan finish 4th in the Scottish Formula Ford Championship. Working with the YRDA off track she has made huge steps forward this season and the result in the Walter Hayes Trophy has proven that.

If the 2020 season for the Scottish driver was looking exciting enough already, it certainly is now!