DOUBLE WIN AND CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD FOR FAULTLESS MORRIS
Seb leads at Brands Hatch (photos by Jakob Ebrey
Teenage motor racing sensation & WRDA member Seb Morris got his 2011
Ginetta Junior Championship campaign off to a tremendous start at Brands Hatch in Kent
over the weekend of 2nd/3rd April, with a memorable double race win and near-perfect
points haul during the first two races of the new season.
Arriving at the venues 1.2-mile Indy Circuit as a very real contender for success,
the 15-year-old Kings School Chester pupil didnt disappoint with pace and racecraft
far belying his tender years and experience. Ahead of the next two rounds at Donington
Park a fortnight from now, the Hillspeed driver has a healthy 15 point lead at the top of
the championship table.
Hopefully this is the start of a really good year for us, said Seb,
Its fantastic to win the first two races and its obviously great to be
leading the championship. Ive taken everything on board Ive been taught and
its all worked out really well this weekend. Thank you to everyone at the team and
to my sponsors Liberty Properties and Legat Owen.
Although just missing out on pole position for round one during Saturdays qualifying
session, by a mere 10th of a second, the reigning Winter Series Champions
consistency was such his second best time of the session gave him pole for race two.
Making a great start to round one, Seb launched his Ginetta G40 brilliantly into the lead
and he moved across to the inside line to ensure a clean run through the daunting Paddock
Hill Bend for the first time. No sooner had the race begun though than the Safety Car was
required due to a multi-car collision behind and a decision was the taken by officials to
show red flags and stop the race.
Keen to make a similarly strong getaway at the re-start, Seb had to settle for second
behind pole-sitter Jake Giddings but into McLaren two thirds of the way through the lap he
scythed past for the lead with a stunning move.
Immediately setting about building a good cushion, the Welsh racer reeled off a series of
very quick laps and in the end he took the unchallenged victory by more than three seconds
his first win in the main summer series to add to last years Winter
Championship race victories.
In round two, Seb slipped to second from pole position but he piled on the pressure to
Giddings lap after lap and on the 10th tour produced an impressive move to take thelead
into Surtees. Giddings hit back as Seb went slightly wide into Paddock Hill Bend but on
lap 14 he moved back into the lead with a great piece of driving and never relinquished
his advantage from that point on.
He said: We knew we had the pace to get ahead in the second race, I had to back off
a bit in the slipstream though as Jake (Giddings) was sliding around a lot. It was hard to
know whether to attack or defend the cars behind, as soon as he left a gap though I went
for it. He got back ahead as I ran wide, but I learnt from that and when I had my next
chance I didnt make the same mistake twice.
Seb holds the winners trophy aloft (Jakob Ebrey Photography )
Sebs next race action will come just a fortnight from now over the weekend 16th/17th
April with a visit to the Hillspeed teams home circuit, Donington Park in
Leicestershire, for rounds three and four of the 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship
the venue of his maiden podium finish in 2010.
2011 Ginetta Junior Championship Driver Standings (after Rd2):
1st Seb Morris, 71pts; 2nd Tom Howard, 56pts; 3rd William Foster, 46pts
Thanks to Victoria for the report
More information available at http://www.sebmorris.com