SEB MORRIS MAINTAINS HUGE POINTS LEAD AT CROFT
WRDA member Seb Morris (who
is also featured in the June issue of the MSA magazine) showed tremendous
depth of character and a steely determination at Croft Circuit over the weekend, 18th/19th
June, to maintain an outstanding 88-point lead in the Ginetta Junior Championship
standings despite his most challenging event of the season so far.
The Liberty Properties Plc and Legat Owen-backed driver, who prior to the weekends
action in North Yorkshire had won seven of the first eight races of 2011, endured a
troublesome qualifying session on Saturday afternoon which led to a pair of
uncharacteristically low grid slots.
Only able to post the 11th fastest time for the round nine grid and 14th quickest for
round 10, the Welsh 15-year-old rued a gamble to take wet-weather tyres mid-session after
an expected increase in rain failed to occur.
With a mountain to climb in both races, Seb delivered a typically rapid and polished
performance to slice through the order into a fantastic fourth place in the opening
encounter just 1.6 seconds shy of the podium and an equally strong fifth in
the second race. Impressively, the latter was achieved despite being pitched into a spin
on only the second lap.
I think we did the most overtaking and made the most places, coming through from
11th to fourth in the first race and then 14th on the grid to fifth in the second one
isnt bad going at all especially as I was knocked into a spin early in the
last race, said Seb, Im really happy with the results in the end as our
points lead is still strong even with all of the problems weve had.
Round nine started unbelievably well for Seb as he charged through the order into third
place by the end of lap one to already be in a position to fight for an unthinkable
podium. Closing in on the top two, Seb set the early pace and at the end of lap four he
almost made it through into second place after a good move into the hairpin. Forced to
drop back into third on the outside line heading into Clervaux on lap five, the Hillspeed
driver pushed on but at Tower Bend a lock-up under braking cost him some valuable time.
Still holding third position though, Seb looked set for a memorable podium to keep his
2011 record of finishing each race on the rostrum intact.
At Clervaux on the last lap he slipped to fourth behind William Foster but immediately
tried to hit back on the run to Tower. With no option but to take the outside line to try
and reclaim third, on the exit he was forced wide onto the grass and so had to settle for
a, nonetheless brilliant, fourth place.
With even more work to do in round 10 starting from the penultimate row of the grid, Seb
was inside the top 10 just halfway through the opening lap and into sixth midway through
lap two. Into the complex on the second tour though, while dicing for fifth place with
Jake Giddings, Seb was tagged at the second part of the left-right corner and knocked into
Dropping him back outside the top 10, and with a lot of time to make up, Seb set about
bridging the gap which he did superbly with some rapid laps. On the sixth tour he posted
the fastest lap of the race, 1m39.778 seconds (76.67mph), and by the finish on lap eight
he had risen back into fifth with a tremendous drive. The car had really good pace
today, added Seb, We definitely could have had a couple of podiums but there
was a lot of contact out there. I did my best to come through from low down on the grid
and battled hard. In the second race Jake Giddings took me out at the complex but I kept
my head, forgot about that and tried again and it worked well. Overall, fourth and fifth
The Ginetta Junior Championship now embarks on a seven-week summer break with rounds 11
and 12 of the season taking place at Snetterton in Norfolk over the weekend 6th/7th
Provisional 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship Driver Standings (after Rd10):
1st Seb Morris, 318pts
Photos by Jakob Ebrey Photography
More information available at www.sebmorris.com
Seb Morris is sponsored by Liberty Properties Plc and Legat Owen
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