Hillspeed’s Seb Morris is resolutely committed to getting his BRDC Formula 4 Championship title challenge firmly back on track at Snetterton 300 Circuit this weekend, 15th/16th June, when rounds seven, eight and nine take place at the East Anglian venue.
Following one of the most trying race meetings of his motor racing career three weeks ago at Brands Hatch, which included a hefty accident in round five from which he thankfully emerged unharmed, the erstwhile F4 points leader slipped to sixth in the championship standings.
Having begun the inaugural season of BRDC Formula 4 in late-April with three outstanding podium finishes at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, 17-year-old Seb confirmed his undoubted title credentials from the off by taking the early season initiative.
But while the incident-filled Brands Hatch weekend was very costly in terms of his championship position, the Marford racer knows three consistently strong points results – preferably podiums – will help undo some of the damage as he strives to climb back up the table.
“Brands Hatch was a really tough weekend, one to forget really”, said the Ginetta Ambassador, “We didn’t have any testing beforehand, unlike most of the others, so we had a fight on our hands right from the word go.
“It was a bit of a nightmare to be honest but that’s in the past, I’m looking ahead to Snetterton now and aiming to get back on the podium and move back up the championship. We’ve still got work to do in getting the most from the Yokohama tyres, especially in qualifying, but as long as we can start on the first couple of rows we know we’ve got the race pace to be a factor.”
Despite a difficult qualifying run at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit last time out, Seb was able to climb through from 13th position to ninth in the first race but it was the contact from a rival in the second encounter which had the biggest impact.
With a true race against time to repair the Welshman’s F4-013 in time for the final race of the event, the Hillspeed team worked miracles. While the car was a real handful, due to the limitations of what could be achieved in the short gap between races, Seb battled against the odds and managed to take away some championship points – which could prove absolutely crucial at the end of the year.
“My main aim at the weekend is to close back in on the guys ahead of me in the championship, but I’ll be pushing hard for three podiums and I really do want to get my first win in F4”, he added, “That’s more important than ever now, we need to score as many points as we can. I’ve won at Snetterton in both Ginetta Juniors and Formula Renault so I’d like to add F4 to that list as well!”
Qualifying for rounds seven, eight and nine at Snetterton 300 Circuit will get underway at 10.15 on Saturday, 15th June, with the first race of the weekend following at 14.45. On Sunday, 16th June, the second encounter will begin at 10.00 with round nine wrapping-up the action at 14.15.
Provisional 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings (after Rd6):
6th Seb Morris, 90pts
Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.