Ginetta Junior Championship front-runners Hillspeed had a successful weekend at Donington Park in Round three and four of the 2011 season, with rising star Seb Morris continuing his unbeaten start to the year, picking up his third and fourth consecutive wins.
The 15 year old took both pole positions in qualifying and then led both races from lights to flag, setting a new Ginetta G40 lap record in the process. The perfect weekend saw him extend his lead in the championship standings to over fifty points from his nearest rival.
Morris said: “It's obviously fantastic to win both races again, it's just the start to the championship we wanted. The first race was quite straightforward so the win in race two was more special as I was under a lot of pressure throughout.
“It was very hot out there, the tyres were really starting to feel the heat and the brakes were getting really hot too so it was hard to hold on and keep the others behind. I enjoyed it a lot more though, that win definitely felt a lot sweeter as we really had to work hard. We need to make sure we keep this level of performance up now for the next event.”
Hillspeed team principal Richard Ollerenshaw commented: “Seb did an exceptional job all weekend again and it's fantastic to have won four races from four. He was quick in testing, bagged both poles in qualifying and then did everything right in the races. The second one was a little bit tougher but he showed how well he can race under pressure.
“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. We're all delighted with his performance.”
Team-mate Struan Moore once again encountered a frustrating weekend, despite qualifying well to take tenth and ninth on the grid for the two races. The 16 year old was hopeful for strong performances in the races, but contact towards the end of the first race saw him drop to an eleventh place finish, before he was caught up in a multi-car incident on the opening lap of the second race, forcing him into an early retirement.
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.
“Struan started the weekend strongly in testing and we were very pleased with his qualifying pace but in the races he was collected several times. Any moves made by the championship officials to clamp down on the bad driving standards out there will be supported wholeheartedly by Hillspeed.”