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Seb MorrisSeb Morris called on all of his resolve and racing nous to deliver two battling points finishes during a frustrating first event of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup season at Monza over the weekend, 12th/13th April, having gone into the races on the back foot after a troublesome qualifying.

Ending the opening event of his maiden season in European-level racing ninth in the championship standings, the 18-year-old Welsh driver produced a superb performance in round two on Sunday morning to climb into the top eight from an uncharacteristic 17th on the grid. Post-race, that became seventh position when Raoul Owens was handed a five second time penalty.

In Saturday’s first round, the Caterham Racing Academy youngster had a thankless task after contact at the final corner on the opening lap dropped him to the tail of the 32 car field. Even though having to contend with serious front wing damage, he tenaciously fought his way back into 15th position.

“It’s been a bit of a tough one this weekend”, said the Marford driver, “We were quickest in practice and it all looked good going into qualifying, but there was a mistake with the tyre pressures which put the team further down the grid than we should have been. We were on the back foot really for the rest of the weekend, so we have to be satisfied with the race performances.”

Beginning the Monza weekend with a superb run in pre-event practice, topping the times as the only driver to dip below the 1m50 second barrier, the Fortec Motorsport racer was all set to challenge for pole position in qualifying but the incorrect tyre pressure choice led to a difficult run.

Starting round one from the eighth row of the grid, Seb was unceremoniously tagged from behind at the Parabolica on lap one and resulting contact to his front wing from another car led to a very long afternoon’s work. Fighting serious understeer for the rest of the race, the Jack Wills ‘Young Briton’ and TAG Heuer ambassador worked wonders to recover from the back of the field into the top 15

For Sunday morning’s second round, Seb lined-up on row nine of the grid in 17th position and was able to show more of his genuine pace as he carved his way through the order into an impressively strong eighth place. Working his way into contention for the top 10 on lap one alone, he emerged from a great four car battle with eighth place – later becoming seventh post-race – to bring a positive conclusion to the weekend.

“In race one I got spun round into the last corner, then I was hit round by another car back into the right direction but it ripped off the right side of my front wing”, explained the Elite Cymru driver, “I battled back through though and from being at the back we got 15th place which was good going, especially with the damage.

“Sunday’s race was much cleaner, we picked off cars one by one and made the best of a bad job really – it was a good drive. We definitely had the pace to challenge for the podium this weekend, and probably wins to be honest. We’ll learn from it, though, and hopefully do better at Silverstone.”

Next on the calendar for Seb will be a return to British soil for the second event of the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC season, rounds three and four, which will take place at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on 24th/25th May in support of the Blancpain Endurance Series.

Photo by Insight F1 Motorsport Report/Jeroen Vermeeren.

Seb MorrisMonza in Italy, one of motor racing’s most lauded race tracks, will host the opening two rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup this weekend, 12th/13th April, where Caterham Racing Academy driver Seb Morris will have his sights set on achieving his first silverware of 2014.

The 18-year-old from Marford, who embarks on his maiden season of pan-European competition this year with leading British team Fortec Motorsport, makes his first visit to the home of the Italian Grand Prix – a race meeting he is relishing.

With enviable support and backing for the coming season, as well as his place on the Caterham Racing Academy the Welshman works with UK clothing brand Jack Wills as one of the company’s ‘Young Britons’. Seb is also an ambassador for TAG Heuer and last month he was invited onto the prestigious Elite Cymru scheme which is backed by the Welsh Assembly.

“I’m really looking forward to the first round of the season at the weekend, it’s fantastic to be back racing again – starting the championship at Monza is going to be pretty special”, said Seb, “It’s such a great track, with so much history, and the racing should be unbelievably close.

“Pre-season testing has gone well and we obviously intend to start the season with the best results we possibly can, but we know it’s going to be a challenging year with so many top drivers and teams in the championship so nothing can be taken for granted.”

In addition to his testing programme in recent weeks, the MSA Academy racer took the opportunity to contest last weekend’s opening rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Championship at Imola in Italy, the former home of the San Marino Grand Prix.

Qualifying third fastest in his group, which equated to sixth overall on the combined grid, Seb smartly climbed into the podium placings but ultimately had to settle for 12th position after being knocked out of third place by a rival. In round two he placed sixth after a strong drive, impressing among a field comprising a large number of second and third year drivers.

Turning attention to this weekend, following practice and qualifying at Monza on Friday, 11th April, the first race of the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC season will take place at 14.05 (local time) on Saturday, 12th April, with round two scheduled for 09.55 (local time) on Sunday, 13th April. Live race coverage is set to be featured online at the NEC You Tube channel www.youtube.com/user/formularenaultnec

Welsh racing driver Seb Morris has received yet another big boost ahead of his maiden season of competition in Europe this year, having been invited by Sport Wales to be part of its prestigious ‘Elite Cymru’ scheme.

Marford-based Seb, who was recently confirmed as the newest member of the Caterham F1 Team’s Racing Academy, is incredibly proud to be representing Sport Wales throughout his first year in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) and is delighted to receive such key support.

Fittingly notified of his selection for the Elite Cymru program on St David’s Day, Saturday, 1st March, the 18-year-old is determined to proudly fly the flag for his home nation as he strives to challenge for the NEC crown with top team Fortec Motorsport.

“It really is a fantastic honour to have been invited onto the Elite Cymru scheme and I will do my utmost to justify the support of everyone at Sport Wales”, commented Seb, “This season is going to be the most important of my career by far and with the backing of Sport Wales and the Caterham Racing Academy, I’m in a very privileged position.”

Inaugurated in 1997, the Elite Cymru scheme has solely covered non-Olympic sports such as motor racing and snooker, Commonwealth Games sports such as squash and bowls or sports which medal on a world level, such as golf, since 2006.

Receiving National Lottery funding, and supported by the Welsh Assembly Government, Sport Wales works tirelessly to champion all sports while nurturing and helping to develop the best young talent the country has to offer.

Seb’s first races in the 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup will come at Monza in Italy over the weekend 12th/13th April. Before then, officially timed pre-season testing will take place at Hockenheim in Germany and Assen in The Netherlands at the end of March.

Seb MorrisFormula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup racer Seb Morris has today, Monday, 3rd February, been confirmed as the latest addition to the Caterham Racing Academy – meaning the 18-year-old will compete in 2014 with the full support of the Caterham F1 Team’s driver program.

Seb, from Marford near Wrexham, makes the step-up to Formula Renault 2.0 NEC this year with Fortec Motorsport after becoming Vice-Champion of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship in 2013 with Hillspeed.

Ending last season with one win and nine other podiums, he was also selected as a finalist for the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. Outside the cockpit, Seb works with Jack Wills as one of its ‘Young Britons’ and as an ambassador for TAG Heuer.

Mia Sharizman, Head of Caterham Racing Academy, commented: “Seb is another outstanding addition to our list of Academy drivers. His talent speaks for itself and we are very pleased to be able to provide him with the full range of support available to all our Academy drivers as he makes the step up to Formula Renault NEC. He will be a strong contender for championship honours this season and, if, as we firmly believe he will, he fulfills his promise, the UK will have another serious motorsport talent to back.”

Seb added: “Joining the Caterham Academy is pretty huge for me. Matt Parry [2013 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Champion] is someone I look up to, and who I had a real battle with in the McLaren Autosport Awards.  I am following his footsteps this year, both as a Caterham driver and in NEC and I am looking to win it as Matt did.  To be part of an F1 team, with all the support and knowledge that brings, is a massive step forwards for my career.”

Seb’s motorsport career began in 2007 when he started racing karts aged 11. By 2010, he had progressed to the Ginetta Junior Championship where he showed his ability and became the youngest ever podium finisher and Winter Series Champion at 14-years-old. In 2011, Seb won the main Ginetta Junior title and was also awarded the Welsh Young Driver of the Year accolade.

In 2012, Seb was selected as a member of the Motor Sports Association (MSA) Academy and was also named a British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star. He moved into single-seater racing in the UK based Protyre Formula Renault Championship and finished the season as the highest placed rookie and third overall. He followed this by becoming the Winter Series Champion.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey PHotography.

Seb MorrisSeb Morris, one of the 2013 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalists and a British Racing Drivers’ Club ‘Rising Star’, will compete in the ultra-competitive Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) this year it can be officially confirmed today, Monday, 20th January, after finalising a deal with reigning champion team Fortec Motorsport.

Welsh 18-year-old Seb, from Marford near Wrexham, will embark on his first season of European level competition in single-seaters off the back of a strong year in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship where he concluded the campaign as Vice-Champion.

With three car racing titles already on his CV, in Ginetta Junior and Protyre Formula Renault, Seb is now aiming for a championship challenge in Europe.

“I am very pleased to be racing with Fortec and especially in Formula Renault NEC”, he commented, “It promises to be a fantastic season of racing on some of the world’s most famous tracks, such as Monza, Spa, Nurburgring and Silverstone.”

Seb, one of Jack Wills’ Young Brits and an ambassador for TAG Heuer and Ginetta Cars, will start his 2014 campaign on 12th/13th April at Monza in Italy with his home event following on 24th/25th May at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit. The seven weekend season will end on 20th/21st September at Germany’s Nurburgring.

Photo by Haymarket/LAT.

Seb MorrisSeb Morris’ status as one of the UK’s most promising aspiring Formula One drivers has been further enhanced today, Thursday, 10th October, after being named one of six finalists for the 2013 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

Easily the most coveted prize in national motorsport, the prestigious accolade has been awarded to some of the biggest names in British motor racing since its inauguration in 1989, including 2009 FIA Formula One World Champion Jenson Button, multiple Grand Prix winner David Coulthard, current F1 racer Paul Di Resta and four-time IndyCar Champion Dario Franchitti.

Marford 17-year-old Seb will be assessed alongside five other drivers from junior-level motorsport over a two-day period next month at Silverstone in Northamptonshire. In addition to the driving element, the six contenders will also face intense fitness trials, simulation tests and interviews from a panel of esteemed judges.

Alongside the huge kudos which goes with scooping the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, the prize package also includes £100,000 towards the winner’s racing budget for 2014, full membership of the British Racing Drivers’ Club and a coveted test drive with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Team.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have been named a McLaren Autosport finalist”, said the Ginetta Ambassador, “It’s a huge honour and a real acknowledgment, so many incredible drivers have won in the past and the prize of a Formula One test with McLaren is such an amazing opportunity.

“The competition will be tough, incredibly so, but I’ll be preparing hard for the assessment days and obviously going there to impress the judges and, hopefully, win. Whatever happens, just to be one of the final six is a great achievement and it’ll be a potentially career-changing experience.”

Seb’s nomination for the 25th staging of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award comes hot on the heels of his confirmation as BRDC Formula 4 Vice-Champion after a successful appeal hearing this week where his exclusion from a race win at Snetterton in September was overturned.

Originally claiming a superb race victory during round 20 of the season at the Norfolk track, officials called into question the eligibility of the gurney flap on the rear wing of his MSV F4-013 and initially excluded Seb from the results – which meant he ended the season third in the standings.

The Motor Sports Association’s national court, however, overturned the ruling this past Tuesday, 8th October, so Seb ends the inaugural F4 season second in the championship. He added: “I want to say a big thank you to Dan Chapman at Full Contact, my management team, and to the guys at Hillspeed for helping to get my win reinstated.”

The winner of the 25th McLaren Autosport BRDC Award will be announced on the evening of Sunday, 1st December, at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Seb MorrisMultiple motor racing champion Seb Morris’ image is appearing on High Streets across the UK, USA and Hong Kong after being launched as one of the faces of the newly unveiled ‘Young Britons’ campaign from global clothing brand Jack Wills.

Welsh 17-year-old Seb, who hails from Marford near Wrexham, is one of the country’s top aspiring professional racing drivers and won championship titles in 2010 – his debut year in cars – 2011 and 2012. This season, he has just wrapped up the BRDC Formula 4 Championship battle third overall.

Fittingly, the teenager has been selected to be a key part of the ‘Young Britons’ promotion which has been created by the team at Jack Wills to acknowledge and celebrate some of the UK’s premier up and coming talent in fields such as sport, music and the wider entertainment industry.

“Being a long term fan of Jack Wills, it was a real honour to be picked as a Jack Wills Young Briton”, said Seb, “I really love the direction the brand is moving in and can’t wait to see more of the Autumn/Winter collection.

“I am delighted to be part of a campaign that promotes and celebrates young talent across different mediums and, on top of that, being associated with a brand which is recognised across the world is great for my profile.”

With the BRDC Formula 4 Championship season now concluded, Seb’s management team is already putting together plans for next year. The new link with Jack Wills certainly promises to be the start of an exciting relationship.

Dan Chapman, senior partner of Seb’s management team, Full Contact, explained: “We are very excited and proud Seb was chosen by Jack Wills alongside other up and coming British talent across various industries such as sport, media and music. The campaign is about supporting British talent and inspiring those of a similar age. I’m sure everyone will agree Seb certainly looks every inch the part!”

To celebrate Seb’s high profile association with one of Britain’s finest clothing brands, everyone is invited to get involved by visiting their nearest Jack Wills store – see www.jackwills.com to find a list of retail outlets – to take a photo of Seb’s image in the window.

By then tweeting the image to him @sebmorris31 #jackwillsyoungbrit #sebspotting there will be an opportunity to win a signed goody bag from Seb. One tweet will be selected at random. Follow Seb @sebmorris31 for updates regarding the contest…good luck!

Seb MorrisGinetta Ambassador Seb Morris secured his ninth podium of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship season during the final event of the year at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend, 28th/29th September, on his way to a coveted top three finish in the 2013 driver standings.

Although the visit to the East Midlands turned into something of a mixed bag of results for Seb, the 17-year-old’s charge hampered by a puncture in round 23 and contact in round 24, he still produced three typically determined race performances.

Sporting a newly designed crash helmet, sponsored by Warrington-based Cable Systems Limited, the Marford youngster began the opening encounter on Saturday, round 22, from fourth on the grid and he maintained the position during the early going before grabbing third at the end of lap two.

Initially running within just one second of the runner-up spot, the Hillspeed driver showed good pace but soon started to come under pressure himself for third. Holding firm, despite the close attention, Seb defended well to get the weekend off to a positive start with podium number nine of the year.

Lining-up sixth on the ‘reverse grid’ for the first of Sunday’s two contests, the British Racing Drivers’ Club ‘Rising Star’ climbed into fifth place on the opening lap and then moved up into fourth on lap two as just a couple of seconds covered the lead quartet.

Edged back to fifth again on the next lap, Seb regained fourth soon after but any hope of fighting for another podium went awry when a puncture resulted in a significant loss of pace. Even so, the Welsh racer expertly coped with the problem and managed to bring his car home in eighth place for some crucial championship points.

Determined to end the season on a high with a strong finish in round 24, the Loughborough College student’s hopes were dashed on the first lap at Melbourne Hairpin when contact from Jack Barlow dropped Seb to the tail of the field after a spin. Recovering as well as he possibly could, Seb battled back through into the top 10 – vitally securing enough points to seal third in the title race.

“We’ve had a positive year, a lot of podiums but we haven’t had the car to challenge really and that’s what it’s been down to”, said Morris, “The first race this weekend was alright, in the second race we had the puncture, unfortunately, halfway through and I was wiped out in race three which wasn’t the end to the season we were obviously hoping for.

“I’ve proven my pace this year and what I can do, so now it’s all about looking forward to next year and getting our plans in place. I’ve enjoyed being part of F4 in its first season, finishing the year third in the championship isn’t what we wanted but it’s not bad and we’ve had some good races.”

The final three rounds of the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship will be screened on ITV4 and ITV4 HD at 18.00 next Sunday, 6th October.

Final 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings:
3rd Seb Morris, 380pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Seb Morris - Formula 4Welsh 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.

Seb MorrisSeb Morris achieved his long-held aim of winning a round of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship at Snetterton 300 Circuit on Sunday, 8th September, with an outstanding performance during round 20 of the season…but the victory was short lived when officials later excluded his car on a technicality.

Delivering an exceptional showing in the second of the weekend’s three races at the Norfolk track, the Marford driver was in great form and battled back from a slip to third place midway through the encounter to secure his first win of 2013.

Post-race, however, series scrutineers declared the gurney flap on the rear wing of the 17-year-old’s car to be non-compliant with the technical manual in respect of its dimensions. Vehemently opposed to the ruling, Seb, his management and the Hillspeed team lodged an official protest with the sport’s national governing body, the MSA [Motor Sports Association], which will be heard at a later date.

“We’re certain the gurney flap is fully compliant with the regulations which is why we have appealed the decision, there would have been no point doing that otherwise”, commented the British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star, “Taking the first win was fantastic, especially after having to work so hard for it, so to have it taken away is beyond disappointing.”

Beginning the second of the weekend’s three races from the front row of the ‘reverse grid’ as a result of finishing round 19 in seventh position, Seb piled on the pressure to pole-starter Jack Barlow from the outset but was elbowed back to third place on lap two by Gustavo Lima.

Determined to get back ahead of the Brazilian in double-quick time, the Ginetta Ambassador re-took second spot on the fourth tour and set about challenging Barlow for the lead again. Running tight to the rear of Barlow’s car, Seb threw everything he had at finding a way past and pulled off a terrific move at Montreal Hairpin on lap eight to edge ahead before winning by 0.5 seconds.

Perplexed to say the least with regard to the subsequent judicial decision, the Welsh teenager was resolutely set on rounding off the weekend with another trip to the podium in Sunday afternoon’s race – round 21 – and he managed just that after delivering another excellent drive.

Moving into third place at the start, from fourth on the grid, the Abbey Gate College student ran close behind team-mate Struan Moore and forced the Jersey driver into a small mistake before shooting by for second position. With his Yokohama tyres not as fresh as those on race leader James Fletcher’s car, though, Seb had to be satisfied with the runner-up spot.

“This has been by far our best weekend of the season in terms of our race pace and the overall race performance”, he reflected, “I drove the best I could, did all I could do to win the second race, and whatever happens with the hearing no-one can take away the fact I won that race on the road. I’m hopeful we can continue the same level of performance at Donington and be on the podium there.”

Due to the loss of his 30 points from round 20, which still hang in the balance pending the outcome of the upcoming MSA hearing, Seb has slipped to third in the F4 championship standings ahead of the final three rounds of the season at Donington Park in Leicestershire on 28th/29th September.

Highlights of this weekend’s action from Snetterton will be screened next Sunday, 15th September, at 18.00 on ITV4 and ITV4 HD.

Provisional 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings (after Rd21):
3rd Seb Morris, 344pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.