Seb MorrisBritish Racing Drivers’ Club ‘Rising Star’ Seb Morris is focused on building his advantage at the top of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship standings when the second event of the 2013 season takes place at Brands Hatch next weekend, 18th/19th May, in front of tens of thousands of race goers.

Off the back of a super-consistent Formula 4 category debut at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit two weeks ago, where he claimed three podiums from the opening three races, the 17-year-old heads into the most high-profile race meeting of the year with a two point lead in the championship.

Rounds four, five and six of the season will run as support to the visiting DTM touring car series and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 1.2-mile Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, giving the F4 competitors a golden opportunity to impress at one of the UK’s biggest motorsport events.

“It’s going to be very busy at Brands with the DTM, there will be a lot of people there and it’s going to be great being part of such a huge race meeting – I’m really looking forward to it”, commented the Marford driver, “Leading the championship after the first weekend was the most I could ask for, it would have been nice to win a race but it’s the championship that’s the important thing.”

Originally expected to race in Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup this year, the 2011 Ginetta Junior Champion and 2012 Protyre Formula Renault Winter Series Champion didn’t have any true testing and preparation in Formula 4 but still hit the ground running at the season-opener.

Although the unique characteristics of the Yokohama tyres meant Seb, who has raced on Michelin rubber throughout his car racing career so far, started round one of the F4 season seventh on the grid, he scythed his way through into third place with a sensational performance.

Backing that up with second position in round two, an encounter he led for more than half the race distance, the Ginetta Ambassador capped a fantastically consistent opening weekend with another runner-up spot in the final outing – in addition to posting the fastest lap.

Carrying justifiable confidence into Brands Hatch, Hillspeed driver Seb is determined to try and increase his lead in the championship and battle for his maiden F4 victory. On such a tight and twisty track though, he knows qualifying will be the most important part of the weekend.

“I am feeling pretty confident for Brands, we just need to get the most out of the tyres in qualifying which isn’t something we managed to do at Silverstone – you only have a couple of laps to get your best time on these Yokohamas and you have to pick your laps wisely”, added Seb.

“It’s going to be important to stay out of trouble in the races too, on such a short track and with so few overtaking opportunities people can try some optimistic moves. We just need to do what we need to do and try and stay on top of the championship.”

Qualifying for the second F4 event of the season will take place on Saturday, 18th May, at 12.00 with round four following at 15.20. On Sunday, 19th May, rounds five and six are provisionally scheduled for 14.15 and 16.40 respectively.

Provisional 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings (after Rd3):
1st Seb Morris, 70pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.