01 Sep 2014
EXCELLENT DOUBLE PODIUM FOR MORRIS IN RAIN-LASHED CZECH REPUBLIC
Seb Morris kept the pressure on the top three in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) at Most in the Czech Republic over the weekend, 30th/31st August, with an excellent double podium in atrocious wet conditions during the penultimate event of the 2014 season.
Climbing into fourth place in the driver standings, the Fortec Motorsport racer managed to peg the gap to the series leader to 39 points but is now within only 15 points of third place ahead of the final rounds of the campaign at the Nurburgring in Germany in three weeks.
Sensational in the rain-affected qualifying session on Saturday, Marford driver Seb secured pole position for round 12 with a lap of 1m48.754 seconds (139.427 km/h) to end the session a full half second clear of his closest challenger.
Frustratingly, though, a five place grid penalty for flag infringements – a result of terrible visibility in the spray – relegated him to sixth place for the opening encounter. Seb delivered an impressively tenacious drive, though, to carve his way back onto the podium in his first ever race on Czech soil.
Leaping into fourth on the first lap, the Caterham Racing Academy driver then made his move for third place on lap six and went on to finish the outing just 1.4 seconds shy of second position. In terms of pace, the Welshman lapped on a par with the race winner and runner-up.
Due to increasingly heavy rainfall on Sunday morning, which resulted in a delay to the timetable, round 13 was postponed until the late afternoon with race three not taking place at all and set to be re-scheduled to the final weekend of the season.
Starting race two from fourth on the grid, the action actually began behind the Safety Car after an initial delay due to the amount of spray on the track. When racing proper began Seb quickly made his move to take third place but the action fell under caution again soon after, limiting the amount of time available to make further inroads. Seb eventually ended the race 1.8 seconds shy of second.
“We had really good pace this weekend, especially qualifying on pole, so it was really unfortunate about the five place grid penalty”, reflected the Jack Wills ‘Young Briton’, TAG Heuer ambassador, Oxford Vaughan ambassador and Elite Cymru-backed driver, “Without that I’m sure we would have won race one, but two podiums from two is good and I can’t complain about that.
“It’s a shame race three was postponed but they’re going to run it at the Nurburgring on the final weekend of the season, so hopefully we can get a decent haul of points there. We’re not out of it yet, there’s still plenty to play for.”
Germany’s Nurburgring will host the season finale of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup over the weekend 20th/21st September.
Provisional 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup Standings (after Rd14):
4th Seb Morris, 185pts
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