THE Hathersage-based Ginetta Junior Championship team Hillspeed continued its unbeaten start to the 2011 season at Donington Park over the weekend with teenage sensation Seb Morris securing his third and fourth wins on the bounce.
After a sparkling opening to the season at Brands Hatch in Kent two weeks ago, where Morris won the opening two rounds of the campaign, Hillspeed aimed for more at its ‘home’ track and the 15-year-old delivered with a pair of superb victories.
Securing both pole positions in qualifying, the reigning Ginetta Junior Winter Champion led from start to finish in both encounters to notch up a provisional points tally of 144, more than 50 points clear of his closest rival.
Round three on Saturday was a straightforward affair and Morris took control to win by 2.2 seconds and set a new Donington lap record for the Ginetta G40 in the process with a time of 1m 23.875 seconds (84.94mph).
The going was a little tougher in Sunday’s fourth round – screened live across the UK on Freeview, cable and digital satellite channel ITV4 – but the championship leader handled the pressure brilliantly to fend off William Foster and Tom Howard.
“Seb did an exceptional job all weekend again and it’s fantastic to have won four races from four”, said Hillspeed team principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “He was quick in testing, bagged both poles in qualifying and then did everything right in the races. .
“One of the nice twists of the weekend is that we had both pole positions at the Donington Park rounds last year with Tom Ingram so to be fastest two years in succession is a nice little bonus for the team.”
Teammate Struan Moore encountered a major dose of misfortune during only his second ever car race meeting as the 16-year-old was prevented from showing his true potential.
Going well in practice, Moore went on to qualify an impressive tenth fastest for round three while his second best time was good enough for ninth on the grid for round four.
An early Safety Car period was required in Saturday’s race and at the restart on lap seven, Struan held his top ten position well and then went up the inside of Myles Collins for ninth at Redgate but contact led to an unfortunate spin. He did manage to recover and fought back to finish the race in 11th position.
In round four, some highly questionable driving standards by a number of the competitors led to a lap two retirement for the former karting star. Heading into the chicane at the end of the first lap, and running in the mid-pack at the time, Struan’s Ginetta was caught-up in a multi-car accident which was triggered following a spin.
Ollerenshaw added: “We’re absolutely gutted for Struan, he was the innocent party in several incidents this weekend – none of which were of his making. The driving standards shown by some of the competitors have been shocking, quite honestly.”
Next on the agenda is a swift return to Donington Park this weekend, where the squad’s Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship team will begin its 2011 campaign. Having won the title in 2010, the team is aiming for another impressive year.
with its three car line-up featuring Howard Fuller, Zaamin Jaffer and Sean Walkinshaw.