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Walter Hayes Trophy: Serralles Fourth, Pigot Seventh for Team USA

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted November 7, 2010 at 9:23 pm Team USA Scholarship

FRONT RUNNERS — Team USA drivers Felix Serralles (21) and Spencer Pigot (22) tour the 1.6-mile Silverstone Circuit during the 2010 Walter Hayes Trophy
(photo: Jeff Bloxham)

All good things must come to an end.

And when the checkered flag waved today at Silverstone in the Walter Hayes Trophy Grand Final, the European-racing adventure came to a conclusion for Team USA Scholarship drivers Spencer Pigot and Felix Serralles.

While neither driver concluded the weekend with the result they were hoping for, both did an incredible job behind the wheel and gained invaluable experience.

Serralles crossed the stripe in fourth, while Pigot concluded the race in seventh. Irishman Peter Dempsey won the 15-lap race for the third time in his illustrious career. Dempsey and Joey Foster are the only drivers to win the prestigious event more than twice.

In order to make the Grand Final drivers had to advance out of their heat race. With over 120 cars entered, this was no easy task. Pigot ran the first heat and finished runner-up to Matthew Parr. Serralles ran the sixth heat and held the fastest lap for the majority of the race — while running fourth — until eventual heat-winner Wayne Boyd bettered his time in the closing laps. Ultimately, Serralles finished third with a nice pass in the waning laps.

The two Americans advanced to Semi-Final One where they nailed down consistent laps en route to a dual-podium finish. Pigot finished runner-up after starting fifth. Serralles finished just behind Pigot in third after starting seventh.

Thanks to their semi-final performance, Pigot and Serralles were able to start the 15-lap Grand Final at the sharp end of the 36-car field. Pigot lined up in row two with Serralles in row three.

Contact in two separate incidents ended Pigot’s bid for a WHT win. The second collision forced Pigot into unfamiliar territory; running outside the top-10. Meanwhile, Serralles was able to find a way through the mayhem, vaulting into the top-five. A few laps later, he made a nice pass on Michael Vergers for fourth and held the position for the remaining laps. Pigot was able to work his way up to seventh in the 15-lap race to keep both drivers inside the top-10. Up front, Dempsey cruised to the win, driving for his dad’s team Cliff Dempsey Racing — who also prepared the Team USA cars. The win marked CDR’s fifth consecutive Walter Hayes Trophy victory.

Serralles and Pigot performed admirably during the 2010 Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy, especially when you consider the adversity they faced on track. Both drivers should be extremely proud of their accomplishments, I know the rest of us are.

Related Reading: Previous Team USA Coverage


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