Seb Morris continued his domination of the 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship with a dramatic ninth win of the season during Round Twelve around the new Snetterton 300 circuit. The last lap victory gives the Hillspeed ace a championship lead of 120 points with eight races remaining.
Morris started from pole and got a good getaway, as did fellow front row starter Charlie Robertson, but it was Jake Giddings who produced the best start, shooting from fourth to second, before going on to take the lead at Montreal.
Morris challenged Giddings through Agostini, but the latter held on to keep the lead as they headed down Bentley Straight for the first time. Robertson held third place, ahead of George Gamble, who passed Struan Moore at the Bomb Hole on the opening lap.
FML's Giddings lost the lead to Morris on lap two and despite trying to fight back straight away, couldn't regain the spot. He tried again on lap four at Riches, but delayed himself and allowed Robertson into second place. The HHC Motorsport driver then went on to grab the lead from Morris at Agonstini, squeezing Morris wide and dropping him to fourth behind Gamble and Giddings, though contact with Giddings at the Esses dropped the latter to fifth behind Moore.
As the headed onto the final lap, Robertson led Gamble, with Morris rapidly catching the two. Gamble snatched the lead at the Hairpin and led the trio down the Bentley Straight. At the Esses, Robertson made a move for the lead, but contact between the two allowed Morris to slide alongside both at the Bomb Hole to take the lead, which he held around the last two corners to take the win.
Gamble took second, just 0.4s behind the winner, while Hillspeed's Moore snatched third for his maiden car racing podium. Robertson took fourth, with Giddings fifth and Tollbar Racing's Tom Howard completing the top six. TJ Motorsport pair Sennan Fielding and Brad Bailey were next up, with William Foster and Beacon Racing's Niall Murray rounding out the top ten.
Morris commented: “It's been a really satisfying weekend. Both races were really tough and we had to fight hard but to take two wins on the new track at Snetterton is fantastic. Jonathan Palmer and MSV (MotorSport Vision) have done such a good job with this circuit – I really like it.”