Welsh racing driver Seb Morris says he will fight tooth and nail in his bid to become the inaugural BRDC Formula 4 Champion at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit next weekend, 28th/29th September, during the final three races of the 2013 season.
Despite going into the event more than 50 points shy of the championship lead, the Ginetta Ambassador is confident he still has a genuine and realistic chance of claiming his fourth car racing title in as many years.
Ahead of the season finale, the Marford 17-year-old is third in the standings with eight podiums to his credit. Working incredibly hard all season to achieve his first win, when the victory finally came at Snetterton last time out Seb was stripped of the result due to a perceived issue with the gurney flap on the rear wing of his car being ‘non-compliant’ with the technical manual.
Disagreeing with the decision of the series officials, Seb and his Hillspeed team protested the exclusion to the MSA [Motor Sports Association] but the hearing is unlikely to take place until after the final race meeting. Therefore, the Loughborough College student heads into rounds 22, 23 and 24 some 53 points away from the top of the table when it could have been just 18 points.
“It’s a bit weird going into Donington not actually knowing where we are with the appeal and what the outcome will be”, said the British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star, “I’m aiming really high though, regardless, and I’ll be fighting to try and win this championship next weekend.
“Race wins are the only aim really and I’m confident we’ll have the pace to challenge for them. We can still overturn the lead [Jake] Hughes has at the top of the championship, all it takes is a DNF for him in the first race and then the whole title picture could change.”
Qualifying strongly will be more important than ever for the championship finale to give Seb the very best chance of overcoming the odds. Therefore, unlocking a good set-up during the pre-event test at Donington next Thursday, 26th September, will be crucial to his chances.
“We’ve only had one day in the car at Donington so we have got limited experience compared to some of the others”, he added, “The pre-race test will be highly important and I’m confident we’ll be able to find a good set-up and balance for the race weekend.
“I’ve never been at this end of things before, each year I’ve been leading a championship going into the last rounds so this is a new position to be in. I’ll do my bit, push as hard as I can and just see what happens.”
Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit qualifying will take place at 09.35 on Saturday, 28th September, with round 22 set to follow at 16.00. Rounds 23 and 24 will be contested on Sunday, 29th September, at 10.00 and 14.30 respectively.
Provisional 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings (after Rd21):
3rd Seb Morris, 344pts
Photo Jakob Ebrey Photography.