Ginetta Junior

Morris Wins Entertaining Junior Opener

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Seb Morris took a narrow victory in Round Eleven of the 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship, the Hillspeed driver snatching the lead on the second lap and holding off pressure from behind for his eighth win of the season, with the new Snetterton 300 circuit producing some superb racing amongst the teenage racers.

A good start from pole sitter Charlie Robertson saw him lead into the first corner from Morris, whose team-mate Struan Moore made a slow start from third. On the run to Riches, slight contact between Jake Giddings and William Foster allowed George Gamble to swoop around the outside into third.

The TJ Motorsport driver continued his progress later around the lap, when he followed Morris past Robertson at Agostini to take second, before getting a great run on the championship leader at Coram to slide past into the lead.

His lead didn't last long though, as under pressure from Morris at Montreal on lap two, he locked his rear brakes and spun, dropping down the field. This promoted Morris into the lead once again, with Robertson second and Sennan Fielding up to a superb third.

Making good early progress was Beacon Racing's Niall Murray, who had to start seventeenth after suffering a broken radiator in qualifying. The reigning Ginetta Junior Ireland was up to twelfth after lap two and challenging for a top ten place when his race was cruelly halted when he received a black flag. It was caused when Mikey Day hit a bale on the outside at Williams, with the bale flicking into Murray's path, ripping off his rear bumper and therefore his rear lights.

With those still on circuit, a battle emerged for third. TJ Motorsport's Fielding, enjoying his strongest run of the season, held the place for the first half of the race, but was passed by Giddings at Coram on lap four, the former having passed Foster at Oggies earlier in the lap.

Giddings broke away, leaving an eight car battle for fourth, led by Fielding. He lost the place at Riches though when Foster slid up the inside, but they were both passed by Moore, storming through the inside at the opening corner. Fielding lost another place to Max Coates at Montreal, before contact at Agonstini with Tom Howard saw him spin down the order.

Ahead, the battle for fourth was still fierce with Coates passing Foster at Oggies, before sliding past Moore at Williams to take the place, with Moore running wide and dropping behind Tollbar team-mates Foster and Howard.

Ahead Morris held off a late charge from Robertson to take the win, with Robertson ending up just 0.103s behind, with Giddings taking third, his first podium since the opening race of the season. The battle for fourth continued onto the final corner of the final lap, when a great move from Foster saw him take the place, with Howard following through to take fifth, Coates ending up sixth after a great drive from twelfth on the grid.

Moore finished seventh after a strong run; Brad Bailey took eighth for TJ Motorsport, while Westbourne Motorsport's Myles Collins and JHR Developments Oliver Chadwick completed the top ten. Gamble recovered to eleventh ahead of Fielding, with Declan Jones thirteenth and William Palmer fourteenth on his debut.

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