2012  International & Single Seater News

News of WRDA members who are competing in the International & Single Seater arena.

WRDA member Seb Morris wins 2012 Formula Renault Winter Series

Seb powers on towards the Winter Series title in impressive style!

Seb Morris won the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Winter Series with Michelin during a dramatic finale at Rockingham on Saturday, 10th November, to secure an outstanding third car racing title in as many years – and his first single-seater crown in his first season in single seaters.
Morris totally dominanted the first of two races from Pole, scoring the extra points for Fastest Lap as well and then did what he needed to in the final round with a fourth place finish giving him the coveted title. (Actually 3rd as  Matthew Brabham was not eligible to score points)
“I’m delighted to have secured a championship in my first year of single-seater racing. The entire Fortec team has worked together the whole weekend to tfruimph  against some seriously talented opposition.”
Overnight rain left the Rockingham track surface extremely slippery but Seb mastered the conditions to bag pole position for both the days races.
Making a good start to race one, Morris fended off a two-pronged attack through Turn One of the Rockingham Oval to establish himself in the lead – one he wouldn’t relinquish despite twice seeing his lead disappear due to Safety Car periods.
Not putting a wheel wrong, Seb controlled the race and was never realistically threatened on his way to a near-six second winning margin. He also posted the fastest lap of 1m31.625 seconds (76.22mph) to claim two vital bonus points, which would ultimately prove decisive in the outcome of the title.
With the track continually drying throughout the day, albeit at a slow rate, tyre choice became a factor for the fourth and final round of the Winter Series. With the other front-runners opting for treaded rubber, Seb and the Fortec team decided to cover that fact by running with the same tyres.
His initial launch from pole was good but the car bogged down momentarily, dropping the Ginetta Ambassador to fourth on the run to Deene Hairpin but he quickly regained third at Chapman Curve which he knew would be good enough to claim his first single-seater championship.
By the ninth tour Matthew Brabham, who gambled on slick tyres, had carved his way through the field on the drying track and caught the leaders. Seb, realising Brabham wasn’t eligible to score points, let him through, as he explained: “In the latter stages of the race I simply knew I had to maintain position, conserve my tyres and drive with the championship, not the race result, in mind.

Seb carries the WRDA with him into the winners circle

“It’s the perfect way to end my first year in single-seaters and I just want to thank all the guys at Fortec for their hard work all year, in the main championship and the Winter Series. I also want to say a big thank you to my driver coach Matt Shawyer, manager Andy Meyrick and, of course, mum and dad and Ginetta Cars for their support.”
Check out a great photo gallery on Sebs Facebook page www.facebook.com/sebmorrisracing

2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Winter Series with Michelin  1st Seb Morris 113 points 2nd Jack Aitken 112 points Matt Mason 3rd 104 points
Photos  Jakob Ebrey Photography
Website: www.sebmorris.com
Twitter: @sebmorris31
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sebmorrisracing
Media Contact: Marc Orme at Marc Orme Media & PR on +44 (0)7920 886985, via email to marcorme1@aol.com or through www.marc-orme.co.uk