Seb stars at Silverstone in Formula 4 openers

Hillspeed's Seb Morris is pictured with Formula One star Mark Webber at Silverstone. Morris placed on the podium in all three of his races as the new Formula 4 season got underway.

Hillspeed's Seb Morris is pictured with Formula One star Mark Webber at Silverstone. Morris placed on the podium in all three of his races as the new Formula 4 season got underway.

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Hathersage-based Hillspeed made a remarkable start to the season-opening BRDC Formula 4 Championship event at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend with teenage ace Seb Morris racing to a hat-trick of podiums to take the lead in the driver standings.

Morris achieved one third place and two runner-up spots, with Formula One star Mark Webber on hand to hand out the trophies.

Jersey driver Struan Moore, embarking on his first full season in single-seaters, raced to highly competitive seventh and eighth place finishes in the opening two rounds but unfortunate contact from a rival in race three meant he ended the weekend tenth in the championship.

Malaysia’s Rahul Raj Mayer, competing on UK soil for the first time in his short career, rounded out the event in 16th position in the points table.

Posting a series of solid finishes, Mayer was 14th in round one, 18th in round two after an excursion and 15th in the last race despite front wing damage.

Team principle Richard Ollernshaw said: “It was a great weekend

“There has been a lot of hard work to get here, especially after the trials and tribulations of how the week started for us with one of our transporters being involved in an accident, and all three drivers have performed fantastically for us – especially with a very limited amount of testing.

“The team pulled together so well after the unfortunate incident on the way to the Media Day at Snetterton last Tuesday, and everyone showed true character and spirit and we’ve come away with some exceptional results.”

Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent will host the second event of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship season on May 18/19.