Seb Morris produced a polished performance in Rounds Nine and Ten of the 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship, overcoming a disappointing qualifying performance to slice through the order and gain two top five finishes, helping the Hillspeed driver maintain an 88 point-lead at the top of the points standings.
The Liberty Properties Plc and Legat Owen-backed driver, who had won seven of the first eight races in 2011 ahead of the weekend, endured a troublesome qualifying session on Saturday afternoon. The 15 year old took a gamble to take wet-weather tyres mid-season, but it didn't pay off and he ended eleventh and fourteenth on the grid for the two races.
Round nine started well for the Welshman, as he charged through the order, missing spinning cars at the first corner to end up third at the end of the opening lap. He closed on second place and made a move on lap four, but just missed out. A lock up on lap five saw him drop some time, allowing fourth placed William Foster to sneak through on the opening lap, ending Seb's 100% podium record this season.
Round ten saw Seb move his way into the top ten by the end of the opening lap, before getting into sixth halfway round lap two. As he approached the complex on that lap, he made a robust move on Jake Giddings at the first part of the complex, who then fought back at the second part and tagged Seb into a spin. This dropped Seb outside the top ten, but he fought back to finish fifth, setting the race's fastest lap in the process.
Seb commented: “The car had really good pace today. We definitely could have had a couple of podiums but there was a lot of contact out there. I did my best to come through from low down on the grid and battled hard. I think we did the most overtaking and made the most places, coming through from 11th to fourth in the first race and then 14th on the grid to fifth in the second one isn't bad going at all – especially as I was knocked into a spin early in the last race. I'm really happy with the results in the end as our points lead is still strong even with all of the problems we've had.”