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16 Aug 2015

MORRIS TARGETING BIG GAINS AT SPA AS GP3 SERIES REACHES MIDWAY POINT

 

First year GP3 Series racer Seb Morris is eyeing a step-up in performance and competitiveness when the category reaches its midway point at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium next weekend, 22nd/23rd August, with a return to the points the Welshman’s chief aim.

Renowned as one of the world’s premier motor racing circuits, Spa is one of the greatest challenges on the GP3 calendar and is the kind of track where a true racer like 19-year-old Status Grand Prix driver Seb should have the chance to shine.

After achieving his first points finish during round four at the Red Bull Ring, thanks to a sensational rise through the order to fifth place from 19th on the grid, the Marford racer went on to deliver consistently strong pace at Silverstone and the Hungaroring but just missed out on more points.

Now, with something of a revised direction being taken with regard to car set-up following the summer break, the MSA Team UK and FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy pilot is confident of a bigger breakthrough in rounds nine and 10.

“Spa isn’t as aero dependent as somewhere like Hungaroring, and there’s more opportunity for getting a bit of a tow as well, so I’m really looking forward to it”, commented Seb, “It’s the kind of place where you can race well and work on making some overtaking opportunities, so hopefully we can put a strong weekend together from start to finish.

“There have been some positive changes in the team ahead of Spa, we’re driving things forward now where we want to go car-wise. In Hungary we got the most out of the package and could see where we can start to make improvements, so now we can start pushing in a direction we all want to go. Hopefully at Spa we’ll start to move further up the grid where we know we can be and should be.”

During the break since the previous event in Hungary, GP3 Series organisers announced an addition to the current calendar with the penultimate event of the season now set to take place at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir on Friday, 20th November, and Saturday, 21st November, one week before the grand finale at Yas Marina Circuit in nearby Abu Dhabi.

“I’m happy about Bahrain being added to the calendar, it’s a track which is impossible to test at and no-one in GP3 has been to, so hopefully that will play in our favour”, added the Serge DeNimes and Shazam ambassador, “I’m racing against second and third year drivers, but only get half an hour practice at each track to get used to it, so we will have more of a level playing field at Bahrain.”

Returning to next weekend’s Spa-Francorchamps event, practice will take place at 16.50 (UK time) on Friday, 21st August, with qualifying and round nine following on Saturday, 22nd August, at 08.45 (UK time) and 16.20 (UK time) respectively. Round 10 will then get underway at 08.25 (UK time) on Sunday, 23rd August, with live television coverage of both contests screened on Sky Sports F1.

2015 GP3 Series Driver Standings (after Rd8):
13th Seb Morris, 6pts