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3 pole positions, a Fastest Lap and a win for young Welsh Wizard Morris on his senior race debut. by Robert Allender & Marion Dix

wpe6.jpg (9136 bytes) WRDA mmber and top teenage racing driver, Seb Morris, from Wrexham, grabbed the headlines with a sensational Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship debut over the weekend, at Snetterton 200 Circuit near Norwich. Driving the Fortec teams’ Formula Renault car Morris scored three pole positions, one fastest lap of the race and a domimnant victory in round two, adding up to a sensational debut in senior racing!

 Absolutely destroying the opposition in a rain-affected qualifying sessions on Saturday morning to lock-out pole position for each of the weekends’ three races, the 16-year-old Welshman stunned more experienced rivals with his high level of performance. In particular, an outstanding lights-to-flag victory in Sunday mornings 2nd round belied the fact it was his first race weekend in single-seaters. Added to changeable conditions over the two days, it really was a memorable debut and he ended the weekend a superb second in the championship standings.

Senna Straight! Sebs first win has Senna Style!

 Morris said “With all the hard work and preparation we’ve done, I really wanted to take my first win this weekend but to have actually done it is fantastic! There are so many people I need to thank but especially the team, my family and my fantastic sponsors.”

 In qualifying, he was untouchable. In  a series where margins are usually as small as a one tenth of a second,  Morris took his maiden pole position by a massive 0.8 second!. He then repeated that by also taking pole position for rounds two &  three by almost the same margin!

 However in the first race on Saturday afternoon, Morris opened up a big lead on the first lap on a damp track, only to run wide and drop to sixth place, on the very next lap. Morris lost even more ground before battling back to a strong sixth place finish.

 Seb Morris - Snetterton Podium.jpg (404828 bytes)The track for race two on Sunday morning was completely dry, and Morris was in a league of his own as he scorched to an unchallenged 7.3 second victory, despite having an early lead wiped out during a 5 lap Safety Car period. But Morris was un-fazed by this and made a faultless re-start . He then reeled off a series of fastest laps including the fastest lap of the race, to take his maiden win with ease, scoring the maximum points available. 

 For the 3rd and final race of the weekend conditions changed again, with a wet track. Unfortunately for Seb, he stalled on the grid losing his pole position, dropping as low as tenth place before staging a tremendous recovery to take 5th at the finish despite another moment and a mis-handling car after damaging the front wing endplate.

 Summing up Morris confirmed “It’s been a fantastic first weekend in Formula Renault BARC, Fortec put together a great car and it’s a great championship to be in. I am learning so much. I am disappointed we weren’t on the podium in all three races, as we should have been, but its still been a great start to my single-seater career”


Podium Joy! 3 pole positions, a Fastest Lap and a win - WOW!

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Provisional 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship Driver Standings (after Rd3): 1st Josh Webster, 88pts; 2nd Seb Morris, 72pts

There is now a six weeks break in the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship until rounds four and five of take place over the weekend 19th/20th May at Rockingham in Northamptonshire.

  Photos courtesy of Jakob Ebrey Photography

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