03 Sep 2013
CRUNCH TIME FOR TITLE CHALLENGER MORRIS AS F4 SEASON NEARS CONCLUSION
With 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