Racing rookie has a dream weekend

Struan Moore and Seb Morris of Hathersage-based Hillspeed.
Struan Moore and Seb Morris of Hathersage-based Hillspeed.

HATHERSAGE-based team Hillspeed enjoyed a highly successful trip north of the border at the weekend for the latest two rounds of the Ginetta Junior Championship action at Knockhill in Scotland.

Points leader Seb Morris secured his tenth win of 2011 while rapid rookie Struan Moore sealed a double podium finish.

For Moore, in particular, the event proved a real watershed moment as he delivered two sensational drives.

Having taken a maiden podium at Snetterton during the previous event, the teenager added two rostrums and set the fastest lap in each race.

Championship leader Morris qualified on the front row for both encounters, rounds 13 and 14, and added victory number ten to his season’s tally in the opener.

Some robust action in the second race cost him the chance of another podium, but sixth place wasn’t all bad for the Marford driver.

While Morris departs Scotland with a lead of exactly 100 points at the top of the driver standings, Moore has leapfrogged into ninth in the championship – up from 13th prior to the weekend.

In terms of the team standings, Hathersage-based Hillspeed has increased its lead to more than 70 points.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend at Knockhill”, said team principal Richard Ollerenshaw.

“Seb drove very well all weekend and to take another win was superb – ten victories from 14 starts really does speak for itself.

“Struan has been in outstanding form, he really is becoming a major force in the championship and a first win for him can’t be too far away.”

While Hillspeed’s Ginetta Junior squad was in action in the Kingdom of Fife, some 450 miles south at Thruxton in Hampshire the team’s Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship drivers were competing in the penultimate event of the 2011 season.

For Zaamin Jaffer, who headed into the weekend seventh, the Thruxton visit was a mixed affair after a highly unfortunate non-finish in round nine.

This was the result of a heavy impact at the exit of the chicane but it was redressed with a top ten finish in round ten.

Eighth and ninth place finishes in the two races enabled Howard Fuller to move ahead of Jaffer in the championship table, the Kingston-upon-Thames racer climbing into ninth position, one spot ahead of his team-mate.

“Thruxton was quite a tough weekend for the guys down there”, added Ollerenshaw. Howard came through well in both races, along with Zaamin in the second one, but qualifying was the problem as it left them a lot of work to do.”