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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.

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.

Seb Morris - Brands Hatch GPWelsh racing driver Seb Morris moved into second position in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship title race at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend, 27th/28th July, after a series of thoroughly consistent front-running performances – including his sixth podium of the campaign.

Finishing inside the top six in all three encounters at the 2.43-mile Kent track, the highlight of the fifth event of the F4 season for the 17-year-old was an impressive drive to second place in round 13 on Saturday afternoon, from sixth on the grid.

Although not quite unlocking his full potential in qualifying, Seb wasn’t too disappointed with a third row start and at the beginning of the opening encounter he made a fantastic launch from sixth place to leap into the top four.

Working hard to fend off the attentions of Matt Bell, the Marford racer was well in control and he remained in fourth until the last lap when a dramatic final couple of miles shook-up the order. With two of the lead drivers hitting problems, Seb was able to move through into second place to match his best finish of the season so far.

With the runner-up spot in race one equating to seventh on the grid for race two, with the top eight finishers from the opening encounter ‘reversed’, the Ginetta Ambassador instantly gained a place off the line and then set about pressuring the cars ahead. Forced to try and attack and defend at the same time in the middle of a tightly bunched pack, Seb held sixth throughout the 14-lap contest.

In the final race of the weekend, round 15, the Abbey Gate College student lined-up seventh on the starting grid again and, once more, moved into the top six on the first lap. Quickly moving into fifth on the second tour, following a problem for championship rival Jake Dalton, Seb then gained fourth position when another of his chief opponents, Charlie Robertson, spun into retirement at Sheene.

Sticking within half a second of the podium positions initially, Seb settled for fourth place in the end and underlined his strong pace with a best lap of 1m28.175 seconds – quicker than the fastest efforts of the top two podium finishers.

“I’m really happy with the weekend, the car was by far the quickest it’s been all year”, said Seb, “I didn’t hook it all up in qualifying unfortunately, but we still came away with second in race one. That compromised us on the reverse grid for race two and I had to conserve the tyres as well, so the top six there wasn’t too bad. Fourth then in race three was a good way to round-off the weekend.

“We’ve been really consistent all year and we showed that again this weekend. We just need a better qualifying, if I can get that sorted out then we know we’ve got the pace as one of the quickest packages out there.”

There are just three weeks to wait for the next event on the BRDC Formula 4 calendar with rounds 16, 17 and 18 taking place at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, the scene of a triple podium for Seb at the beginning of the season, on 17th/18th August. Television highlights of the Brands Hatch races, meanwhile, will be screened at 18.00 next Sunday, 4th August, on ITV4 and ITV4 HD.

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

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Seb MorrisBritish Racing Drivers’ Club ‘Rising Star’ Seb Morris will arrive at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent this coming weekend, 27th/28th July, determined to secure his elusive first victory in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship as the second half of the category’s inaugural season gets underway.

Marford-based Seb, who has already tasted championship success in Ginetta Junior and Protyre Formula Renault in his young career, goes into the fifth race meeting of the F4 season third in the driver standings and within just 14 points of the series lead.

With five podiums to his credit so far, the 17-year-old Ginetta Ambassador has been unsurprisingly consistent and a title threat from the opening weekend of the season where he actually topped the points table after the first three rounds.

Although some misfortune along the way has hindered his attempts to win more silverware – not least a costly non-finish in round five following a tangle with a rival when F4 last visited Brands Hatch back in May – the Welsh racer has remained squarely in the title picture throughout.

While the Indy Circuit experience at Brands Hatch earlier in the season may not have been as Seb and the Hillspeed team wanted, determination is high to battle for more podiums and mount a bid for a maiden race win as F4 visits the longer Grand Prix configuration for the first time.

“I’m really looking forward to going back to the Grand Prix circuit at Brands”, said Seb, “I won there in Formula Renault last year [en-route to claiming the Winter Series title] and it’d be great to take my first Formula 4 win there too.

“It’s been a challenging season so far, we started on the back-foot without much in the way of testing and we’ve had some problems getting the tyres switched on as well. Taking all of that into account though, we’re still in the championship top three and not far away from the lead which is a strong position to be in at the halfway point of the season.”

Since the previous three rounds at Seb’s ‘home’ track, Oulton Park, just over a fortnight ago, the Abbey Gate College student has been busy raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity as part of a 700-mile cycle ride around the circumference of Wales.

Embarking on the physically demanding journey the day after the Oulton Park race meeting, Seb, his father Phillip and best friend Matt Groome completed their challenge within nine days and have, to date, managed to raise 165% of their target total – equating to almost £1,200 for GOSHCC.

“We had an amazing time during the cycle ride, it was unbelievably challenging – especially in such hot weather – but a real achievement”, added the Welshman, “On behalf of my dad and Matt, we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated money to Great Ormond Street. We’re all hugely grateful and delighted we could do our bit for such an amazing charity.”

Anyone who would like to make a post-cycle ride donation to this most worthwhile of causes is welcome to visit http://www.justgiving.com/SebMorris-MattGroome

Returning to Formula 4, free practice and qualifying will take place at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday, 27th July, with round 13 following at 16.45. On Sunday, 28th July, round 14 is scheduled to start at 10.45 with round 15 expected to commence at 14.50. Television highlights of the Brands Hatch races will be screened the following Sunday, 4th August, at 18.00 on ITV4 and ITV4 HD.

Provisional 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings (after Rd12):
3rd Seb Morris, 198pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Seb MorrisSeb Morris delivered an expectedly consistent showing on home soil at Oulton Park International Circuit on Saturday, 6th July, to retain his hard-earned position in the top three of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship standings and secure his fifth podium of the season in the process.

Qualifying within just 0.3 seconds of pole position for the first of three races at his local track, which were all packed into one day, the Marford 17-year-old began round 10 from the second row of the grid and after a good start he maintained position well.

In touch with the podium battle, Seb pressured third place runner Jake Hughes but on lap two both were elevated a position when Raoul Hyman slipped from second to fourth at Hislops after running wide off the circuit.

Remaining third from that point forward, the Ginetta Ambassador saw off a late challenge from Ross Gunn to make his fifth visit of 2013 to the Formula 4 podium and keep his championship challenge well on course. Post-race, Seb received his round 10 silverware from British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) member, and former Isle of Man TT and RAC Tourist Trophy winner, Stuart Graham.

Starting round 11 from sixth on the grid, due to the top eight finishers from the opening race of each BRDC Formula 4 race weekend being ‘reversed’ to form the upper order of the race two grid, the Welsh ace made another clean getaway and ran in sixth until lap four when he gained two places.

As Matty Graham and Ross Gunn contested third position, the pair made contact at Old Hall giving Seb a golden opportunity to slice past into the top four. Initially in touch to challenge for the podium again, during the closing stages of the race the Hillspeed driver had to instead focus on fending off the ever-present attentions of the recovering Gunn which he managed expertly despite tyre issues.

Round 12 delivered another third row start for Seb but after holding sixth place for the first three laps, he was elbowed back to seventh on the fourth tour. Repelling a further attack from James Fletcher as the race neared its conclusion, the Abbey Gate College student held seventh to the flag.

Underlining the importance of front-running consistency, Seb’s hat-trick of strong points finishes this weekend means he stays third in the championship standings – just eight points shy of second place and only 14 points away from the series lead.

“I’m quite satisfied with our weekend”, commented Seb, “We were strong in qualifying and carried that through to the races with three consistently good performances. We’re still not quite where we want to be, or should be, but to stay third in the points and take another podium is great. From now on our testing schedule picks up, so we should be stronger still at Brands Hatch later this month.”

Straight from this weekend’s races, Seb returned home to Marford in readiness for the start of a challenging 700-mile cycle ride around the circumference of Wales along with his father Phillip and best friend Matt Groome. The trio will be raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity – to lend your support please visit http://www.justgiving.com/SebMorris-MattGroome

Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent will host rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship season three weeks from now on 27th/28th July. Television coverage of the Oulton Park races will be screened on ITV4 next Sunday, 14th July, from 18.00.

Provisional 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings (after Rd12):
3rd Seb Morris, 198pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Seb Morris (No.31) - Formula 4Marford’s Seb Morris will head to his ‘home’ track, Oulton Park near Chester, this coming Saturday, 6th July, for the fourth race meeting of the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship season where he is determined to maintain his top three position in the driver standings.

As the only event this year where all of the track activity will take place on a single day, the Ginetta Ambassador knows consistency and a measured approach to the weekend’s racing will be absolutely vital in avoiding trouble and securing strong finishes in rounds 10, 11 and 12.

Having begun the year very impressively with three podium finishes at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, since then the 17-year-old has encountered a fair amount of misfortune – not least at Brands Hatch in May when he was pitched into a hefty accident by a rival and a resulting non-finish.

Last time out at Snetterton, though, Seb made a welcome and deserved return to the rostrum and goes into the Oulton Park race meeting third in the title battle just 15 points behind second place and only 18 points shy of the championship lead.

“It’s still wide open”, he commented, “We’ve got a lot of races left and although Jake [Dalton] and Charlie [Robertson] are a bit ahead I’m hopeful we can cling on to them at Oulton, then we should be able to start attacking more when our testing schedule ramps up after next weekend. Our lack of testing compared to the others has held us back a bit, but we’re still in a decent position.

“Oulton is my favourite track, it’s a lot like Silverstone GP in that the driver can make a big difference and really get the most out of their package. Unless we hit problems in qualifying, and start further back than we’d like, then I’m sure we can have a strong weekend and take away plenty of points.”

Ahead of this coming Saturday’s event, Seb has received a welcome boost in the form of a brand new sponsor – Warrington-based Cable Systems Ltd. Run by Directors Helen and Jonathan Rigby, the business is a key supplier of specialist equipment to the Hazardous Area Industry and the Industrial Electrical Market.

“I really am looking forward to racing on home ground at Oulton and it’s fantastic to be able to welcome Cable Systems Ltd onboard as a new sponsor”, added Seb, “Hopefully we can celebrate a successful first weekend together.”

Immediately following the Oulton Park event Seb, his father Phillip and best friend Matt Groome will embark on a major test of endurance with a 700-mile cycle ride around the circumference of Wales, hugging the border with England and then the Welsh coastline as closely as possible.

Setting off from Wrexham on Sunday, 7th July, the trio will travel south towards Kilpeck, Caerleon and Burry Port and then across to St David’s and Aberaeron. Next, they will head up to Aberdovey, Nefyn and Cemaes Bay in Anglesey before making the journey home.

Returning to this weekend’s Formula 4 action, qualifying for rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the season is set to begin at 08.40 on Saturday, 6th July, with the three races following at 11.40, 14.30 and 18.00. Television highlights of the event will be screened on ITV4 on Sunday, 14th July, at 18.00.

Provisional 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings (after Rd9):
3rd Seb Morris, 146pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

MSA AcademyChampionship-winning racing driver Seb Morris is to appear on the Sky Sports F1 Channel tomorrow evening, Thursday, 27th June, as part of a special feature filmed at Daytona Sandown Park earlier this week with the MSA Academy.

Welsh 17-year-old Seb, who currently competes in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, joined fellow MSA (Motor Sports Association) supported competitors and drivers from the GP2 Series and GP3 Series for a piece filmed with Sky Sports F1 pundit, and former Grand Prix winner, Johnny Herbert.

Set to be broadcast in the ‘F1 Show’ programme at 20.00 tomorrow night on Sky Sports F1, the feature will shine the spotlight on Marford-based Seb and his peers as they take part in a kart race at the Surrey track organised by the MSA Academy.

“It was really good to join-up with some top drivers from GP2 and GP3 and all be on track racing at the same time – it gives you a good benchmark”, said Seb, “The highlight for me was an amazing battle with Mr Johnny Herbert himself, we were dicing together for several laps and we had a nice handshake as we went over the finish line which was great.

“I had a good half-hour chat with him, he gave some pointers about how to approach racing and the sort of things he’d done to prepare during his career. It really was a fantastic day and I’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to the MSA Academy and, of course, Johnny Herbert.”

Seb, who won the Ginetta Junior Winter Series title in 2010, the main Ginetta Junior Championship in 2011 and the Protyre Formula Renault Winter Series crown in 2012, is now busy preparing for the fourth event of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship season which will take place at his ‘home’ track, Oulton Park International Circuit in Cheshire, next Saturday, 6th July.

Photo by MSA Academy.

Seb Morris - Snetterton PodiumErstwhile BRDC Formula 4 Championship leader Seb Morris made a welcome return to the podium at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk over the weekend, 15th/16th June, with his fourth rostrum visit of the 2013 season during round seven of the campaign.

On a weekend of high drama, and with several drivers punished for a range of indiscretions, the Marford 17-year-old added two further top four results in rounds eight and nine on Sunday to climb back into the championship top three – just 18 points shy of the lead.

“We’re definitely moving in the right direction with the car”, said Seb, “We’re still playing catch-up a bit with our lack of seat time compared to the others, we just need some more testing and we’ll be properly on it. The overall balance of the car has been good this weekend, our tyre pressures were a bit too low in Sunday’s races but other than that it’s been quite good and we scored decent points.”

Qualifying on Saturday morning was affected by rain and as the track got quicker towards the end of the session, the times at the front were incredibly tight – Seb ending the session sixth fastest but only 0.4 seconds shy of pole position.

Making a great start to round seven, the Hillspeed driver surged into the top three and ran close behind Matt Bell before the latter went off the circuit on the third tour – promoting Seb into second place. Although slipping to third position on lap five, the Ginetta Ambassador remained there to the chequered flag on lap 10 to make a deserved return to the podium.

Lining-up sixth on the ‘reverse grid’ for round eight on Sunday morning, Seb challenged for fifth at the start on the outside at Riches before the action was halted by red flags on lap two following a multi-car tangle.

Resulting in a completely fresh start over a shortened distance of eight laps, Seb ran in fourth place throughout and had to work hard to fend off challenges from Jake Hughes and Charlie Robertson, which he did to the finish to secure another strong haul of points.

Beginning round nine in fifth place, the Abbey Gate College student immediately grabbed fourth into Riches after a great launch from the third row of the grid but was elbowed back to fifth shortly after. Shuffled down to sixth, as he battled initially with a lack of grip, Seb got into his stride from mid-distance and piled on the pressure to championship rival Jake Dalton.

Although remaining in sixth to the chequered flag on lap 10, Seb was later elevated two positions in the final classification when the race winner and second placed competitor were excluded due to technical infringements.

“We definitely scored some good points this weekend, which is what we need to keep doing”, said Seb, “We need to keep moving forward and we aim to be fighting for pole position at Oulton Park in a few weeks’ time. It’s the home round for me, so I’m really looking forward to it and hoping to try and take our first win of the season.”

Next on the calendar for Seb will be the visit to Oulton Park in Cheshire for a one-day BRDC Formula 4 Championship race meeting on Saturday, 6th July.

Provisional 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings (after Rd9):
3rd Seb Morris, 146pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Seb Morris - Formula 4Hillspeed’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.

Hillspeed's Seb MorrisDerbyshire motor racing team Hillspeed suffered a costly outing over the weekend, 18th/19th May, during the second event of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship season at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit where an incident-filled race meeting wrecked the squad’s hopes of retaining the series lead.

Arriving at the 1.2-mile Kent track with Seb Morris heading the title race after a podium hat-trick on the opening weekend at the end of April, the Hathersage squad encountered a difficult event from the off with qualifying not going according to plan and setting the scene for three tough races.

Morris was the best of the Hillspeed qualifiers for round four, albeit with an uncharacteristic ninth fastest time in Saturday’s session, while team-mates Struan Moore and Rahul Raj Mayer were 16th and 22nd quickest respectively.

Welsh teenager Morris made a sensational start to the first of the weekend’s races and brilliantly sliced his way through into ninth but wasn’t able to make any further inroads thereafter with passing opportunities nigh-on impossible.

Moore, meanwhile, climbed into 15th position on the opening lap and continued his strong rate of progress to move into the top 12 a couple of laps later. From there though, the Jersey youngster spent the remainder of the race running in the midst of the tightly packed five car battle headed by Morris. Moore did, though, post a best lap time just 0.1 seconds off the fastest of all.

Mayer held 22nd position for some time before slipping to 23rd late on but the Malaysian made a marked improvement in round five on Sunday where he raced to a strong 17th place. He did climb as high as 14th position but was shuffled back during the latter stages.

For Morris and Moore, round five turned into a nightmare with both getting caught-up in the same incident at the end of lap four. As Morris battled hard to retain ninth ahead of Jack Barlow, the pair touched on the run into the pit-straight as Morris moved across to take the racing line – the resulting spin for the Hillspeed driver leaving his car prone on the track against the pitwall.

Thankfully avoided by the next group of cars, Morris had to retire on the spot while Moore had to take evasive action across the grass on the outside when almost collected by a rival. Although able to recover to the track, Moore thumped through an advertising hoarding heavily and the damage to the front of his car meant he also had to retire a few laps later.

Working incredibly hard to repair the two cars in time for round six, with only 90 minutes or so in which to turn them around, the Hillspeed mechanics did a superb job and Morris was able to work his way through from 17th on the grid into 13th position. Moore, meanwhile, was forced to retire with yet more damage on lap four while Mayer posted a 19th place finish.

“It really has been an incredibly tough weekend, certainly one we’d like to forget”, commented team principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “We haven’t done the amount of testing the others have been doing which put the drivers on the back foot a bit going into the weekend.

“We’re disappointed for Seb and Struan, especially with both of them losing points finishes in race two, although Rahul did make strong progress on his first time racing at Brands Hatch. All in all, a very tough weekend but one we will all bounce back from.”

The BRDC Formula 4 Championship now takes a four week break from action with the third event of 2013 taking place on 15th/16th June at Snetterton in East Anglia. In the meantime, Hillspeed’s Protyre Formula Renault Championship squad will be back on track for the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds of its season on 1st/2nd June at Thruxton in Hampshire.

Provisional 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings (after Rd6):
6th Seb Morris, 90pts; 16th Struan Moore, 36pts; 19th Rahul Raj Mayer, 22pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.