Hillspeed enjoyed a perfect start to its defence of the Ginetta Junior Championship, with Seb Morris taking victory in Rounds One and Two of the series at Brands Hatch. Morris followed on from his Winter Series success with the team to take two dominant wins, while team-mate Struan Moore endured a tough debut in the Ginetta series.
Race one saw Morris line up on the outside of the front row, with a great start seeing him take the lead as they headed into Paddock Hill Bend. However behind, Moore got caught up in a multi-car incident, with the karting graduate forced to instantly retire with damage.
The race was red flagged and on the second start, Morris was forced to slot into second. However he pressured the leader throughout the first lap and got ahead at McLaren, holding the lead for the rest of the race to take the win.
He started on pole for race two, but a poor start saw him drop to second by the first corner. He put pressure on the leader once again though and got through on lap ten at Surtees, only to lose the place a corner later. However he worked his way past again four laps later and held on to double his win tally.
Team-mate Moore once again had an action packed race, being taken off at Paddock Hill Bend at one point, though he was able to rejoin in thirteenth. However a few laps later his race was over when a CV joint failed on his car, to cap off a frustrating weekend,
Hillspeed's Richard Ollerenshaw said: “Seb did a phenomenal job this weekend. What more could we have asked of him – he qualified strongly and raced brilliantly. If you take into account his win during the last round of the Winter Series back in November he's unbeaten in the last three races.
“We're all so disappointed for Struan, he did a terrific job on his first weekend in the championship and especially considering it's his first time at Brands Hatch. He was minding his own business in race one and then got taken out in someone else's accident and then in race two a brand new CV joint on his car broke and led to him going off in retirement. He really did deserve much more this weekend.”
“We're looking forward to Donington now in a couple of weeks, we're sure Seb will deliver the same level of performance he has this weekend. If Struan has some better luck and isn't collected by other people he'll go well, he's shown some great pace at Brands – it's just such a shame he didn't have the opportunity to capitalise on it.”
Double winner Morris added: “Hopefully this is the start of a really good year for us. It's fantastic to win the first two races and it's obviously great to be leading the championship. I've taken everything on board I've been taught and it's all worked out really well this weekend. Thank you to everyone at the team and to my sponsors Liberty Properties and Legat Owen.”