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Seb Morris - Formula 4With only two race meetings still to be contested in the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship, next weekend’s outing at Snetterton 300 Circuit is guaranteed to be a pivotal one for Seb Morris as he strives to keep his title aspirations on course.

Second in the championship heading into rounds 19, 20 and 21 of the F4 season, which will be held on 7th/8th September at the Norfolk track, the talented Welshman will be challenging for consistent podium finishes as he bids to close down the 34-point gap to the top of the driver standings.

Having won a championship title every year since making his car racing debut in 2010 – namely the Ginetta Junior Winter Series crown, the main season Ginetta Junior Championship title and the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault Winter Series – Seb is determined to try and maintain the incredible streak.

“It’s easy at this point to think Jake [Hughes – F4 championship leader] is far enough ahead but earlier in the season Charlie Robertson had a bigger lead and that got wiped out”, said the Marford 17-year-old, “All it takes is the slightest mistake, one bad race, and everything could change so we need to keep pushing as we have all year.

“We need wins and we are edging ever closer – my main ambition for Snetterton is to finally get the first one. We managed to sort out the tyre degradation we suffered with earlier in the year and the car has been fantastic in the second and third races each weekend recently. We just need to work out how to make the car get that bit more from the tyres in qualifying and then we’ll be sorted.”

On the category’s return to Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit a couple of weeks ago, the British Racing Drivers’ Club ‘Rising Star’ didn’t have the smoothest of events – not least due to a bout of food poisoning at the onset of the weekend – but still managed to bag a strong haul of points.

So far in his second year of single-seater competition, the Ginetta Ambassador has accrued a total of seven podium finishes. Beginning the season superbly with a memorable hat-trick at Silverstone in April, one third place and two runner-up spots, Seb returned to the rostrum at the third event of the year and has visited the podium at every race meeting since.

Achieving a top three finish and a brace of additional top fours when Formula 4 raced at Snetterton in mid-June, the Abbey Gate College student was in fine form and is confident of an even stronger showing at the East Anglian track just a week from now.

“We’ll have a better package at Snetterton than we had the first time we raced there, I’ve been working hard with my engineer Pete and driver coach Matt Shawyer and we’ve definitely made some good improvements to the way the car is working”, added Seb, “If we can qualify on the first two rows, with the great starts we’ve been making all year I’m sure we can challenge for wins.”

Qualifying for round 19 of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship is scheduled to get underway at 10.30 next Saturday, 7th September, with the opening race of the weekend set to follow at 14.40. Round 20 is set to commence at 11.15 on Sunday, 8th September, with round 21 timetabled for 14.45.

Provisional 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings (after Rd18):
2nd Seb Morris, 305pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Kyle MarcelliIn light of next year’s debut of the United SportsCar Racing Series, it was a history making weekend as the American Le Mans Series and the Grand Am Series participated at the same venue on the same weekend. The BAR1 Motorsport team had their own reasons to celebrate, a back-to-back visit to the podium in the highly competitive Prototype Challenge class.

The Orion Energy 245 was run on Elkhart Lake’s Road America. It is one of the world’s fastest permanent road racing tracks and a fixture in the sports car racing community. Driver’s relish the circuit’s 4.048 miles of challenging turns, curves, high-speed straights and dramatic elevation changes.

Kyle Marcelli and Chris Cumming drove the No. 8 Evident Capital, MBRP Inc., ORECA Prototype, while Rusty Mitchell and James French shared the driving duties in the No. 7 orange and blue PetroComm ORECA.

Weather throughout the weekend was picture perfect. Unfortunately, all the setup work done early in the week went out the window when rain showers moved in just prior to the start of Sunday’s race. Suddenly the deck was shuffled and left all teams scrambling to make the right call.

Team owner, Brian Alder, shared everyone’s concern given the fact no team had ever run this year’s Continental tires in the rain.

“The rain played a major factor in the race and strategy. It was raining for the first 30 min of the race and this was the first time our drivers have experienced wet conditions on the series mandated Continental tire. We faced a lot of unknowns going into the race.”

“Chris Cumming drove another solid first stint and quickly came to grips with the No. 8 Evident Capital, MBRP Inc., car managing the wet conditions. He handed off a perfect car to Kyle Marcelli at the one-hour mark.”

“Things got interesting as the field was split on fuel and driver strategy. Then we got caught out by the 2nd yellow of the race putting both our cars on the tail end of the lead lap. We desperately needed another yellow for us to catch back up. The yellow came, but it was 10 seconds too late for the No. 7 car leaving us a full lap down.”

“In the No. 8 car we were able to capitalize on the yellow and regain track position. This put Kyle Marcelli and Bruno Junqueira in a head to head battle for the lead. Kyle drove outstanding, cutting Bruno’s lead from seven seconds down to three when the final yellow came out ending the race under caution.”

“The BAR1 crews did an amazing job as always. Both cars had solid pit stops all day.”

“We’re thrilled getting our 2nd podium in a row. It gives us great momentum heading into the final four races of 2013.”

“Finally, I’d just like to say the first race with both Grand Am and ALMS was a huge success. I think fans got to see two great races and I think everyone is excited for 2014.”

Next up for the ALMS will be the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Saturday, Aug. 31. Visit ALMS.com for current and future event information including tickets and area accommodations. Follow the ALMS on Twitter (#ALMS), Facebook and the official YouTube channel.

BAR1 Motorsports is partnered with Evident Capital, MBRP Performance Exhaust Inc., Merchant Services, Ltd., Petro Comm, Slacker Inc., OMP America, AutoMaxUSA.com and Stefan Johansson Växjö for its second year of full competition in the American Le Mans Series. The team is located in Plain City, Ohio. Team owner, Brian Alder, has been an active and winning crew chief in the American Le Mans Series since its inception. You can find out more about BAR1 at www.bar1motorsports.com, follow the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bar1Motorsports or Twitter @bar1motorsports.

The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the world`s leading sports car championship and is recognized as the Global Leader in Green Racing. In the tradition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, multiple classes of cars – purpose-built prototypes and production-based Grand Touring automobiles – race on the track at the same time to create compelling race action and constant passing. All cars in the Series compete using one of five approved alternative fuels or energy sources: clean sulfur-free diesel, cellulosic E85 or E10, Isobutanol and electric hybrid technologies. The Series has more automobile marques involved than any other major race series in the world as manufacturers develop relevant technologies on track that transfer directly to the customer showroom. The ALMS competes at North America`s premier road racing tracks and selected temporary street circuits in major urban markets.

Photo by John Thawley.

Manor MP Motorsport - AUTO GPDutch motor racing team Manor MP Motorsport is to take part in the high-profile VKV City Racing event in Rotterdam this Sunday, 18th August, with former FIA Formula One World Championship racer Jos Verstappen providing demonstration runs in one of the squad’s AUTO GP cars.

With support from Trust, the leading value-for-money brand for digital lifestyle accessories for computers and mobile communications devices, the 41-year-old from Montfort in The Netherlands will undoubtedly prove a star attraction at the prestigious annual showcase.

Verstappen raced with more than half a dozen teams in Formula One, including Benetton, Simtek, Footwork, Tyrrell, Stewart, Arrows and Minardi. He is the most successful Dutchman to ever compete at the highest level in Grand Prix racing and his career also includes participation in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the A1 Grand Prix series where he competed for the A1 Netherlands Team.

“I am really looking forward to being part of such a fantastic event, the City Racing festival has really grown in Rotterdam over the last few years and it’s a great chance for the Dutch fans to see some amazing racing cars up close”, said Verstappen, “It’s going to be great joining up with the guys at Manor MP Motorsport too and a lot of fun showing what the AUTO GP car can do.”

Situated in the heart of Rotterdam, the ‘City Racing’ concept has proved massively popular since the inaugural event back in 2005. Attracting a wide variety of cars from a variety of disciplines, alongside the appearance of Manor MP Motorsport there will also be demonstration runs from the likes of the Caterham F1 Team with its driver, Giedo van der Garde.

As an extra bonus, Trust is running a competition on its Facebook page – anyone who ‘likes’ the page www.facebook.com/Trust.International will be entered into a contest to win an exclusive VIP package for the VKV City Racing festival.

“We’re delighted to be supporting Rotterdam City Racing and the guys in the team are really looking forward to working with Jos”, said Manor MP Motorsport principal Sander Dorsman, “Unfortunately we can’t all be there as it clashes with the next rounds of AUTO GP. It’s going to be a great event and the guys are looking forward to meeting as many fans as possible on the day.”

Event organiser Robert Heilbron added: “It’s fantastic that Manor MP Motorsport is present at the event this year, the team races in a lot of different classes, including even GP2. With the team based near Rotterdam too, it’s great for us to have them and they will be very popular with the fans.”

Photo by AUTO GP.

Michael LyonsFelsted-based racing driver Michael Lyons continued his outstanding run of success in the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship at the Nurburgring in Germany over the weekend, 10th/11th August, with two superb wins in the 41st staging of the AvD ‘Oldtimer’ Grand Prix event.

Hot on the heels of a remarkably successful outing at the Silverstone Classic two weeks ago, where he also claimed a double victory, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) ‘Rising Star’ once again shone at the wheel of his RAM Williams FW07 – his maiden historic F1 wins at the Nurburgring.

Although just missing out on pole position for Saturday’s encounter by a mere 0.2 seconds, largely after being held up by traffic, the Lyons Racing Team driver held second place over the course of the opening lap before grabbing the lead into the first turn on the second tour.

Controlling from the front thereafter, Michael eased to an eventual winning margin after 16 laps of some 15 seconds. He also comfortably posted the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1m37.221 seconds (171.74 km/h).

Lining up on pole position for Sunday’s race, with the grid formed from the finishing order of the first contest, the Essex youngster led from the off and again scorched into the distance to open up an advantage of 15 seconds.

Although a late Safety Car period eroded his huge lead, Michael made a perfect re-start and over just one final racing lap he managed to win by three seconds. As in race one, he posted the fastest lap – this time with an effort of 1m37.621 seconds (171.03 km/h).

Having made his first ever competitive appearance in an historic F1 car at the Nurburgring back in 2007 when he was just 16-years-old, Michael was thrilled to have tasted success at the famous German track. He received his winner’s trophies from former BMW Motorsport Director, ex-team principal of the BMW Sauber F1 team, Dr Mario Theissen.

“We didn’t use new tyres in qualifying, in retrospect we should have, but I did get baulked as well by traffic which was a little bit frustrating – we were quick enough for pole”, explained the 22-year-old, “I managed to get the lead of the first race at the start of lap two and then pulled away, we also had fastest lap by more than a second.

“I was leading race two by the same margin but then we had the late Safety Car. I judged the re-start just right, caught the others napping, and won by three seconds. It’s great to carry on the winning momentum from Silverstone, overall it was a really good weekend. Nurburgring was the first place I ever raced an F1 car when I was 16, so it’s fantastic to finally win there.”

Further success for the Lyons Racing Team, and the family as a whole, came in the form of a double class podium for Ensign MN177 racer James Hagan who finished second in class in race one, before adding third in class in race two.

Michael’s dad Frank, piloting his usual Hesketh 308E, took second ahead of Hagan in race two after finishing fourth in class in the opener. Mum Judy, meanwhile, was third in her class in the second outing after an unfortunate non-finish for her Surtees TS9 in Saturday’s race.

Zandvoort in The Netherlands will host the next two rounds of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship over the weekend 31st August/1st September. One week later, Michael will return to action in his contemporary racing career with rounds 11 and 12 of the International GT Open taking place at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 7th/8th September.

Photo by Charlie Wooding.

Tom SharpIt was a case of what might have been for Tom Sharp in the latest round of the 2013 Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Brands Hatch, with luck once again deserting the IDL Racing with CWS team in a race that they led outright at one stage.

An encouraging performance last time out at Snetterton, where Sharp and his team-mate Colin White took their best result of the season so far, gave them high hopes for the two-hour enduro around the iconic Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

After some strong running in the weekend’s two free practice sessions, the team headed into qualifying with a top ten starting position in their sights. In a close session, Sharp ended up putting the car 16th on the 32 car grid, just four tenths of a second off the top ten.

White started the race behind the wheel and the Ginetta stalwart was a man on a mission. Showcasing the car’s fantastic pace, White stunned the big crowd in attendance by scything his way all the way through the field into the race lead.

The fairytale was ended two laps later though when a small mistake saw him slide down to sixth, before a puncture soon after lost him further time. Unfortunately his stop to change the wheel fell just before the mandatory pit window opened, forcing him to return to the pits a couple of laps later to hand the car over to Sharp.

The double stop meant the 21 year old took to the track two laps behind the leaders in twentieth place, and with the damage already done, the BRDC SuperStar’s focus was on gaining as much ground back as possible during his hour behind the wheel.

The 2012 Ginetta GT Supercup runner-up showed front-running pace as he picked his way through the field, however his progress was hampered when a faulty catch caused his door to open, forcing another trip to the pits.

Despite a drive through penalty for a pitstop infringement soon after, and a snapped rear toe link causing a spin on the final lap, Sharp was able to bring the Ginetta G55 GT3 home in twelfth place at the finish. While the result was unrepresentative of the car’s pace, the race provided the team with lots of positives to take into the final two meetings of the season.

Tom Sharp: “To lead the race is a massive achievement and something to be proud of. Unfortunately we didn’t get the end result that we were after, but we’ve shown that there is huge potential in the car.

“I hope our guests enjoyed the weekend all the same and I would like to thank sponsors Lenlease, Balfour Beatty, Isnag, Dome, Direct Metals, Lloret, Careys, CWS and Green Recycling for their support and encouragement over the weekend.”

Next up for Sharp and co is the championship’s annual trip to Europe, with a double-header at Zandvoort in the Netherlands on September 7/8.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Cameron TwynhamCameron Twynham adapted quickly to an unfamiliar car to finish on the National Class podium in each of last weekend’s three British Formula 3 races at Brands Hatch (10/11 August).

The 17-year-old European F3 Open regular swapped his usual Dallara F308 chassis for the newer F312 model at the Kent venue, where he was making a second British F3 appearance of the year following a podium treble at Silverstone in May.

Still adjusting to his new Team West-Tec car, Twynham qualified third for the opening race but was immediately able to snatch P2 when the pole-sitter failed to get away from the grid. After applying pressure to the leader and remaining within one second of top-spot for much of the race, he would eventually settle for a runner-up finish.

Improving his grid slot to second for race two, Twynham maintained position during the early stages, soaking up heavy pressure from behind until he was finally overhauled on lap six. The Market Harborough racer didn’t allow that to faze him however, managing to remain with the lead duo to the flag and secure third place.

Twynham began the final race from P3 and enjoyed an excellent getaway, only to drop back to fourth when he made an attempt for P2. However a collision between two rivals ahead of him made that third, and Twynham wasted little time in going on the offensive and climbing a further spot to second. He would take the chequered flag in the same position, continuing his 100% record of British F3 National Class podiums.

Indeed, Twynham has now taken a total of 14 podium finishes from 17 races during his maiden season aboard F3 machinery, a highly impressive achievement for the 17-year-old. The weekend’s results see him climb back up to third in the National Class standings having recorded the highest number of points at the Brands Hatch event.

Twynham will return to action at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 7/8 September when he will resume his bid for the European F3 Open Copa Class title.

Cameron Twynham: “Overall I’m extremely happy with how the weekend went. This was my first time competing with the Dallara F312 chassis and to score three podium finishes was very satisfying, as well as providing a real confidence boost.

“It’s well-established that Brands Hatch is a tricky circuit to pass on, so I’m not too frustrated to have missed out on victory this weekend. I was getting to know the car throughout the event which, while challenging, was a great learning experience that I hope will stand me in good stead for the future.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to my sponsors, MRE and Geodis Wilson, for giving me the opportunity to race this weekend. I’d also really like to thank everyone who turned out to cheer me on at Brands Hatch and throughout the season. I hope I can reward all of their support with more good results at Spa next month.”

Declan Jones18-year-old Liverpool-based teenager Declan Jones once again demonstrated stunning pace during the fifth event of the 2013 Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Brands Hatch last weekend (August 10-11).

Declan, who is the youngest driver in the series this season, went to the Kent-based track looking to re-take the initiative in the battle for the British GT GT4 Championship title, and in both free practice sessions he comfortably lead the way in the Century Motorsport-run Ginetta G50 GT4 he shares with Zoe Wenham. Indeed he was around four to five tenths faster than his closest rivals.

The duo then looked a dead cert for the GT4 pole position, but unfortunately Declan missed his braking point towards the end of the lap at Clearways, when his foot got trapped under the brake pedal. Remarkably, however, he still took third on the grid, just 0.089s off P2 and only 0.352s off P1.

The following day, Declan topped the times in the warm-up and felt extremely positive going into the race. Sadly though, the race didn’t go to plan. Zoe started and was running third until she spun off into the gravel. That incident dropped her back and when Declan took over for his stint, he set a series of fastest laps, in between two trips to the pits – including one for a small fire around the diff.

Nevertheless Declan and Zoe still finished and took valuable points to keep them second in the British GT4 Drivers’ Championship, now 27.5 points off the leaders (118.5 points versus 146 points).

Declan also took the fastest lap, which was some consolation, and proof of his undoubted speed.

“In terms of the pace it was a good weekend,” Declan summarised. “I was quickest in GT4 in pretty much in every session. The only time I wasn’t was for qualifying. But I hold my hands up and admit I made a mistake.

“The race was a more difficult one. Zoe started and was doing well. But unfortunately she had a moment and put it in the gravel. She eventually got going again, but had to pit, so we could get all the stones out. She got going again and did another 10-15 minutes before we changed over.

“Straight away I was then on it, but I had a vibration problem. I pushed on, but had to stop because the area around the diff caught fire. The team did a great job to sort that and we went back out. Then the vibration problem got worse and we came into the pits and sat there until right at the end, when we went back out and just finished the race. That was just what we had to do. We didn’t want a DNF and at least that way we still got some points and finished fifth in class.”

“Overall it was an eventful weekend, it really was – we just had no luck. As I said though, I was very pleased with my pace,” added the Halewood Village-based youngster. “In the race no one could get near me, I was more than a second up on most laps and that was even with the problem with the differential!”

The Avon Tyres British GT Championship now continues next month when the series heads to Zandvoort in the Netherlands for rounds eight and nine (September 6-8): “I’ve never raced there yet, but I have done a day or two of testing. It is a really good track and I like it. It will be two one-hour sprint races. Hopefully we will have the paddle-shift there. That will put less stress on the car – it is a bit like a PlayStation then! I am really looking forward to it. I can’t wait,” he continued.

“Finally, I just want to say thanks to everyone at Century Motorsport, as well as my team-mate, Zoe and of course my sponsors, Chicago Soft, The London Perfume Company and HERO Energy, as well as my trainer, Dan at Taylors Fitness Training. We are all confident we can come back fighting in a few weeks time.”

Declan’s dad and manager, Kelvin Jones meanwhile said he was proud of his son given his age and the fact this is only still his second full year of circuit racing – and his first in British GT.

“Not the result we wanted,” stated Kelvin, “but Declan can be happy with his performance – for me it was another ten out of ten.

“He just goes out and drives and does what he does best – and that is all he can do. Everything else is out of his control. For the youngest driver on the grid, he continues to show unbelievable maturity. I am proud of him. Now we are just hoping we can claw some points back at Zandvoort and then go to Donington – for the finale – still well placed to challenge for the GT4 title.”

Photo by Matt Brookes, HERO Energy.

Oli Basey-FisherProtyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge front-runner Oli Basey-Fisher enjoyed a dream outing at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend, 10th/11th August, where he sealed an outstanding hat-trick of race victories in rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the season.

Doing the power of good for his championship position, the trio of results – added to bonus points for the fastest lap in each encounter and pole position for the first two races – mean the 18-year-old from Great Finborough is now third in the standings and a mere three points shy of the series lead.

“It doesn’t get much better than this”, said the elated Century Logistics-backed racer, “It’s been an absolutely outstanding weekend from start to finish, qualifying went perfectly for us and the car was faultless, the guys at Academy Motorsport did a fantastic job.

“The races were hard work but to come away with all three wins, and the fastest lap in each, really is more than we could have hoped for. I was aiming to challenge for a top three championship finish before the weekend started, now we’re right in the fight for the title – fantastic!”

Starting the Brands Hatch event superbly in qualifying, Oli topped the times with a tremendous lap of 1m40.323 seconds (87.31mph) to secure the round 16 pole and with an equally impressive second fastest lap of 1m40.477 seconds (87.18mph) he also bagged pole position for round 17.

Making a good start to the opening encounter on Saturday afternoon, he led away from rival Jake Giddings but into lap two the latter had managed to edge ahead. Running nose-to-tail for almost the entire duration, with never more than a couple of tenths of a second splitting the duo, Oli tried everything he could to retake the lead over the final three laps.

Piling on the pressure to his rival, the Academy Motorsport racer’s efforts paid off on the last lap at Druids when he was able to slice past Giddings for the lead once more – winning in the end by just 0.2 seconds. Oli also posted the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1m41.093 seconds (86.65mph).

At the start of Sunday morning’s race, round 17, Oli got away well from the line to lead but the action fell under caution before the end of the lap after a multi-car tangle further behind at Paddock Hill Bend.

At the re-start on lap four, the Suffolk teenager was 0.2 seconds clear over the line and in a repeat of Saturday’s encounter he become embroiled in a cat and mouse battle with Giddings. Although losing out to his rival on lap six, Oli hit back with a new fastest lap on the seventh tour and with only 0.064 seconds between the pair going into the final lap the stage was set for a dramatic finish.

Retaking the lead, Oli just shaded Giddings by 0.097 seconds at the chequered flag to cap another fantastic performance and seal his third victory of the campaign. His best lap of the race was a time of 1m41.566 seconds (86.24mph)

Again lining up on pole position for round 18, as a result of winning the previous encounter, the Suffolk One College student controlled the final race from the front to claim his fourth win of 2013 by over six seconds. Capping off the weekend perfectly, his fastest lap time of 1m41.042 seconds (86.69mph) shaded his race one best.

There is now a lengthy eight-week break from competition for the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge with the championship finale, rounds 19, 20 and 21, taking place at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit in Leicestershire on 5th/6th October.

“I really can’t wait for Donington”, added Oli, “After such a fantastic weekend I’d like to be back in the car tomorrow! It’s a shame there’s such a big break in the calendar now before the final three races, it just means there’s plenty of time to prepare as well as possible though. It should be a great finale to the season, it really is all to play for.”

Provisional 2013 Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge Driver Standings (after Rd18):
1st Brad Bailey, 431pts; 2nd Will Burns, 429pts; 3rd Oli Basey-Fisher, 428pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Seb MorrisBritish Racing Drivers’ Club ‘Rising Star’ Seb Morris is relishing the prospect of returning to action at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit this coming weekend, 17th/18th August, as he bids to move back to the top of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship standings…and claim his maiden race victory of 2013.

As the most consistent driver in the high-profile single-seater category, the Marford-based teenager is currently second in the title race, just 16 points shy of the series lead, with a tally of six podiums to his credit.

Although a first F4 win has so far eluded the 17-year-old, Seb has been a front-running threat throughout the first five race meetings and he believes the recent progress made with his Hillspeed car will reap rewards on the championship’s return to Northamptonshire a few days from now.

Silverstone’s world-famous 3.66-mile Grand Prix Circuit proved a very happy hunting ground for the Ginetta Ambassador at the beginning of the inaugural F4 season back in April, Seb taking a hat-trick of memorable podium results to claim the early initiative in the championship fight.

Added to that, during the most recent event at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit a fortnight ago, the Abbey Gate College student was the happiest he’s been all year with the pace of his MSV F4-013 car, leading to even greater confidence ahead of rounds 16, 17 and 18.

“I’m looking forward to Silverstone immensely”, said the Welshman, “The car has moved on massively since the start of the season so we’re feeling really confident ahead of next weekend, especially as we went so well at Silverstone at the first round.

“Considering we started the opening weekend eighth on the grid for the first race and still came away with two seconds and a third, I’m quite excited to see what we can do this time. We need to get some points back and the aim is definitely to try and take the championship lead and get our first win – it’s been a long time coming. If we qualify better than we have been, the wins will come.”

As well as his six podium finishes in F4, comprising three runner-up results and a trio of third places, the 2011 Ginetta Junior Champion and 2012 Protyre Formula Renault Winter Series Champion has scored in all but one race. His season’s tally also includes four other top four finishes.

Silverstone GP Circuit qualifying will get underway at 10.30 on Saturday, 17th August, with round 16 following at 14.40. On Sunday, 18th August, rounds 17 and 18 are scheduled to take place at 11.20 and 15.40 respectively. Television highlights of all three encounters will be broadcast on ITV4 and ITV4 HD the following Sunday, 25th August, at 18.00.

Provisional 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings (after Rd15):
2nd Seb Morris, 256pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Scott MalvernIt wasn’t the dream comeback win to Formula Ford 1600, in the Bert Ray Memorial Trophy at Brands Hatch, that Barkingside’s Scott Malvern had hoped for but it was oh so close with Scott trailing winner Oliver White by less than a tenth of a second at the chequered flag. Scott also had the consolation of bagging the fastest lap of the race.

A win was always going to be a big ask for Scott in an unfamiliar car against the series regulars and with just 30 minutes pre-event practice to familiarise himself which unfortunately was shortened even more by stoppages. But an encouraging performance in qualifying placed him third (out of 22 cars) on the starting grid, all be it just over half a second off of pole sitter and series front runner Josh Barnett. Improvements made to the car before the race saw that deficit completely eradicated.

Scott said “the lack practice didn’t help so we only really got to grips with the car during the fifteen minute qualifying session and we knew then that it was geared incorrectly and had some set up issues. Unfortunately we couldn’t do anything about the gear ratios as the team didn’t have the correct ones but we made some positive changes elsewhere and considering we ran on old tyres as well against new rubber for most of the others it wasn’t a bad showing. It was nice to get fastest lap and I could’ve got the win but Oliver was being very forceful and made contact every time I drew alongside (see photo). I was conscious of the fact that I was in a loaned car so I didn’t want to risk potentially expensive damage.”

“Not sure what I’ll be up to next but I’ve had a couple of interesting offers on the back of the performance this weekend so I will be considering those. I’d really to thank everyone who supported me at this event especially Contract Lift Solutions Ltd and Laserfiche Electronic Document Solutions and to Souley Motorsport for letting me use their car. I’d also like to thank James Beckett for running this great (Champion of Brands) series which really deserves to be supported. I hope I get the opportunity to return”

Photo by Roger Standish