Hillspeed’s Seb Morris scorched to another pair of stunning race victories during the latest event on the Ginetta Junior Championship calendar at Oulton Park Island Circuit over the weekend, further increasing his dominant points lead for the Hathersage team.
Beginning the race meeting in tremendous style during qualifying, the 15-year-old served up some scintillating laps to take pole position for rounds seven and eight by 0.7 seconds and 0.8 seconds respectively – unheard of margins in the ranks of Ginetta Junior.
Looking completely untouchable, Morris didn’t disappoint in the races as he ran unchallenged to a pair of remarkable victories. Ahead of the next two rounds of the season, at Croft in North Yorkshire, a fortnight from now, Morris is in an extremely healthy position.
During round seven on Saturday afternoon, Morris led from the off and began to press home his advantage from lap three onwards. Posting the fastest lap of the race, and new lap record, of 1m42.555 seconds (78.13mph) on the third tour, the youngster opened up a stunning 8.8 second winning margin.
For Sunday’s eighth round, which took place in very difficult damp and drying conditions, Morris again led every lap but had to fend off a challenge from fellow front-row starter Tom Howard on the run to Old Hall. Immediately able to find the optimum grip levels, the Hillspeed racer led by nearly four seconds by the end of the first lap alone.
Punching in consistently strong lap times, Morris carved out an unbelievable advantage of 23 seconds by the finish to secure his, and the team’s, second victory of the weekend and seventh success of 2011.
“It’s been another exceptional weekend for Seb”, said team principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “We’re confident he could have challenged for the fastest lap in the second race as well as in the first but he was under instruction from us to keep the championship in mind and not push unnecessarily.”
Ever-improving teammate Struan Moore was only able to contest the Saturday encounter due to the fact he had to travel back home to Jersey on Sunday because of essential school exams. The car racing rookie, who continues to improve his pace with every outing, performed very impressively on his maiden appearance at the demanding Oulton Park track.
Qualifying within a second of the front row of the grid, Moore was only 0.053 seconds shy of the top 10 after quickly getting to grips with a circuit regarded as the biggest driver challenge in the UK. Over the first few laps he ran strongly in the tight pack battling at the fringe of the top 10 but on lap four an unfortunate moment dropped him a long way down the order.
Maintaining his composure, the karting graduate fought hard to make up the lost ground and ended the encounter in 16th place. Such was his pace the 16-year-old’s best lap of 1m44.388 seconds was a match for the pace of several top 10 finishers.”