Seb MorrisProtyre Formula Renault BARC Championship front-runner Seb Morris will make his European race debut next month, at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, after signing a deal with Fortec Motorsports to contest the final two rounds of the 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC).

First year single-seater racer Seb, who already drives for the Daventry-based team in FR BARC, will switch his 2.0-litre Renault-engined Tatuus chassis for the similarly powered Barazi-Epsilon designed car which is utilised in NEC and also the blue riband Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series.

The 16-year-old Welshman, from Marford near Wrexham, is looking forward to not only racing at one of the world’s greatest circuits for the first time in his career but also going head-to-head with some of the globe’s top junior single-seater drivers over the weekend 13th/14th October.

“I’m relishing the challenge of racing against some top competition”, said Seb, “With about 45 cars on the grid it’s going to be a great experience and a really great weekend – I can’t wait. It’s great to be driving with Fortec as well, we’ve built a really good relationship this year in BARC Renault.”

Formula Renault 2.0 NEC has, over the last couple of years, become one of the stand-out junior categories on the ladder of progression towards the FIA Formula One World Championship and is unquestionably one of the most hotly-contested championships anywhere in the world.

While fully realising he faces a big step-up in terms of competitiveness and competition, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star – who will combine his A-level studies this year with the MSA Academy Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence – is determined to make the most of the experience and try and spring some surprises along the way.

His maiden outing in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC will come just one week after the final two rounds of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC season, at Silverstone on 6th/7th October, where the Abbey Gate College student will be striving for a top three championship finish in the domestic series.

“We’ve got a very busy few weeks coming up and I’m really pleased about that, a lot of people tail off what they’re doing at the end of the year but we’re trying to get as much experience as we can to build for next year”, added the Ginetta Ambassador.

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