19 Jun 2014
VITAL POINTS HAUL FOR MORRIS ON CHALLENGING HOCKENHEIM WEEKEND
Seb Morris rounded-out the third event of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup season at Hockenheim last weekend, 14th/15th June, sixth in the championship standings following an outing of mixed fortunes for the Caterham Racing Academy driver on German soil.
From the outset during free practice on Friday, 13th June, the Marford racer was right at the sharp end and ultimately posted the quickest time of the day during the second run – a lap of 1m38.419 seconds (167.31 km/h) serving notice to his rivals ahead of qualifying.
Just missing out on pole position for round five by a mere 0.026 seconds, the 18-year-old setting a time of 1m38.368 seconds (167.44 km/h), the Fortec Motorsport racer was well placed to make inroads into the championship lead but lap one contact resulted in a badly damaged front wing.
After an enforced pit-stop at the end of the opening tour to replace the nose box, Seb emerged back on track a long way down on the rest of the field but fought his way back through into 21st position at the finish. Notably, he set the second fastest lap of the race to underline what might have been.
Beginning round six on Sunday morning from fourth position, Seb made a clean start to maintain his placing and the Jack Wills ‘Young Briton’, TAG Heuer ambassador and Elite Cymru-supported driver ran strongly during the first two thirds of the race. On lap nine, though, he was nudged back to fifth where he remained to the flag on lap 15.
Round seven was always going to be an immense challenge for Seb with his starting slot determined by his finishing position from the opening race of the weekend. Lining-up on the 11th row of the grid in 21st place, Seb made a great getaway and put together a sensational opening lap by slicing his way through into 13th position.
Inside just two laps the Welshman had gained a remarkable 11 positions to move into the top 10 and he continued his ascent up the order by taking ninth on lap three. After claiming eighth on lap five, two tours later Seb passed points leader Steijn Schothorst for seventh and although shuffled back on lap 10 to ninth position, the result marked a superb recovery and serious damage limitation.
“We had a lot of pace this weekend but the first race put us in bad shape unfortunately, fifth in the second race wasn’t too bad though”, reflected the category front-runner, “The car was great, we’ve moved forward a lot with it, and although it’s a shame we didn’t take the results our pace deserved we can definitely take the same level of performance forward to Spa.”
Following a long summer break, the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup will resume at Belgium’s world famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit over the weekend 25th/26th July.
Provisional 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup Standings (after Rd7):
6th Seb Morris, 85pts