Team SMR


22 May 2013



Seb Morris endured a very trying and frustrating visit to Brands Hatch Indy Circuit over the weekend, 18th/19th May, for the second event of the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship season – an incident filled race meeting which cost the Hillspeed driver his early season points lead.

Going into the weekend on the back foot without the benefit of pre-event testing, the 17-year-old from Marford wasn’t entirely sure what to expect during qualifying and he ended the session an uncharacteristic 13th fastest, albeit still only just 0.4 seconds away from the pole position time.

With overtaking at the 1.2-mile Indy Circuit always at a premium, the Ginetta Ambassador knew a good start to Saturday’s fourth round would be his best hope of breaking into the top 10 and he delivered with a sensational launch.

Slicing his way through into ninth position, Seb tried to mount an early challenge for eighth place but wasn’t able to prise open a clean passing opportunity. Running close in the wheeltracks of James Fletcher for the first half of the race, the Welshman then focused on fending off the attentions of the cars behind towards the conclusion.

Hoping to improve on his race one result by starting inside the top 10 for round five on Sunday, Seb made another good getaway and looked poised to gain at least one position into Paddock Hill Bend but had to back out as the pack closed up.

Maintaining ninth place, all was going well until the end of lap four when the British Racing Drivers’ Club ‘Rising Star’ was pitched into a worrying spin entering the start-finish straight where his car came to rest broadside on the track by the pitwall. Forced to retire on the spot, Seb at least emerged unscathed but was bitterly disappointed to post his first non-finish of the year.

While the Hillspeed team worked tremendously hard to repair his heavily damaged F4-013 in the brief 90 minute window between Sunday’s two races, there simply wasn’t time to balance the car fully prior to the start and so the teenager had a challenge on his hands.

Lining-up in 17th place on the grid, Seb somehow managed to wrestle his car into a 13th place finish to salvage some much-needed championship points which could prove crucial come the end of the 2013 season.

“We didn’t manage to do anything with the car after the team put it back together, we didn’t track it or corner weight it but that wasn’t surprising considering the small gap between races – the team did a top job just to get me out there for race three”, commented Seb, “It was a struggle to get the car in a straight line, I was drifting most of the way round the track, so to get some points was good.

“It’s been a disappointing weekend so now we’ll go away, get testing and get on the front foot. We need to get more of an understanding of the tyres, which we’ll do with some proper test time, and then really go on the attack and win some races.”

Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk will host the third event of the BRDC Formula 4 season four weeks from now on 15th/16th June, where the category will join the Avon Tyres British GT Championship support package.

Provisional 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings (after Rd6):
6th Seb Morris, 90pts


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