Seb MorrisMarford-based single-seater racing newcomer Seb Morris confirmed his billing as a potential challenger for the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship title after posting the third fastest time during official testing at Silverstone National Circuit on Tuesday, 27th March.

Overcoming an early problem with the right-rear of his Fortec Motorsports-run FR 2.0, which did cost the 16-year-old a fair amount of track time, the MSA Academy driver delivered an expectedly impressive performance to round-out the ‘Media Day’ test just 0.2 seconds shy of the outright pace.

Delivering a quickest time of 55.699 seconds (106.02mph), 0.7 seconds inside the existing lap record, the 2011 Ginetta Junior Champion and Ginetta ambassador was the quickest of the Formula Renault BARC newcomers, the best of the Fortec drivers and easily the fastest of the single-seater debutants.

“Third is ok but we should have been quicker”, said Seb, “As we went to go out we found some problems with the rear-right on the car, so that lost us quite a lot of track time compared to everyone else. We ran first on new tyres, everyone else then put new tyres on when the track was slightly cooler so I slipped from first to third. I’m still happy with that though, the car is really good.”

Completing just 51 laps in the three and a half hour session, at least 30 less than the majority of the other 21 competitors on track, The King’s School, Chester pupil wasn’t fazed at all by the problems which hampered his early running and finished the day satisfied with the set-up work done.

“We had a bit of oversteer to deal with but we ended the day with a good set-up and I’m feeling confident going into the first races”, added the teenager, “It feels good to have been third on the timesheets against people who have been racing in Formula Renault BARC for two or three years.

“It should be a really close season this year, Silverstone National is obviously one of the smallest tracks we visit so the times are tight – on the longer tracks I’m hoping I can have a bit more of an advantage. I’m hoping at Snetterton we can achieve a podium and I’d like to think we can try and fight for a win, it’s a great place to start the season off so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Snetterton 200 Circuit in Norfolk will play host to the first three rounds of the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship less than two weeks from now over Easter weekend. Qualifying and the opening race of the season will take place on Saturday, 7th April, at 09.50 and 14.15 respectively with rounds two and three following on Easter Sunday, 8th April, at 11.35 and 17.05.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.