Hillspeed On Course to Defend Junior Title

Hillspeed's Seb Morris and Struan Moore - Photo Credit: Chris Gurton Photography


Hathersage-based Hillspeed are looking set to defend their Ginetta Junior Championship as their driver Seb Morris took his eleventh win of the season to move one step closer to claiming the drivers crown, which Hillspeed won with Tom Ingram in 2010.

15 year old Morris just missed out on pole position for the weekend's opening race, but moved into the lead off the line from second on the grid in the opening race, before losing the lead again a corner later. Morris fought back though and claimed the lead on lap two, only losing it once more briefly during the race, before holding it to the finish for the win.

Race two didn't go quite as well, contact on the opening lap dropping himself outsde the top ten after starting sixth. A sensational recovery drove saw him work his way into the top six quickly, before passing two more cars on the last lap to take valuable points in fourth.  

After a great weekend last time out at Knockhill, hopes were high for fellow Hillspeed runner Struan Moore, but the Jersey teenager wasn't to enjoy a great meeting. An early retirement in race one was followed by an opening lap skirmish in race two, which left Moore's bonnet damaged. It meant he could only take twelfth at the finish, which later became fourteenth when he was awarded a three second penalty for his part of the opening lap incident.

Team Principal Richard Ollerenshaw said: “Seb had a very good weekend indeed. We're delighted with the win and the way he came back through in race two was outstanding, he really fought hard and was unlucky not to make it onto the podium again. He drove exceptionally well.

“It wasn't a great weekend for Struan and, unfortunately, there was some contact between him and Max Coates whereby Max's car was turned around. We can't argue with the penalty applied at all and Struan accepts it. He showed at Knockhill just what he's capable of so hopefully that sort of performance will be forthcoming again at Brands Hatch in a couple of weeks.”