Ginetta Junior

Morris Wins Knockhill Opener

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Seb Morris took yet another victory in Round Thirteen of the 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship when he tamed the tricky Knockhill circuit to secure his tenth victory of the season, the Hillspeed driver adding to his already substantial championship advantage.

George Gamble started from pole position and the TJ Motorsport driver led the field through the opening section of corners, but heading into the chicane, Gamble got slightly out of shape, allowing Morris to take the lead. Morris began to break clear as Gamble came under pressure from Jake Giddings.

Giddings got past early on, but on lap four a superb move into SEAT Curve saw Gamble snatch the place back, before a mistake at Butchers dropped him to outside the top six. Hillspeed's Struan Moore benefitted from this to take third behind Giddings, before gaining that place when the FML driver spun into the barriers at the exit of Clark's on lap ten.

This wiped out Morris' lead, but at the restart he broke away cleanly from team-mate Moore, who was soon under pressure for a resurgent Gamble, who passed Niall Murray at the first corner after the restart to take third, before sliding past Moore on the final lap to take second, stopping Jersey-based Moore from taking a career best finish.

By this point Morris was over three seconds clear up the road to take the win, ahead of Gamble and Moore, the latter setting a new lap record of the Scottish track. Sennan Fielding took fourth, equally his best result of the season, with HHC Motorsport's Charlie Robertson fifth on his local circuit, while reigning Ginetta Junior Ireland champion Murray ended up sixth. William Foster, Brad Bailey, Myles Collins and Max Coates rounded out the top ten.

The weekend also marked the culmination of a campaign in the Scottish Sun daily newspaper to try and prove youngsters can jump into car racing without any previous experience in karts. It saw Christie Doran, daughter of Scottish Sun journalist Jon Doran, enter the races after only undertaking some basic training prior to the meeting, the 16 year old acquitting herself well and finishing  thirteenth.

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