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Formula Renault BARC

Rockingham Double Gives Morris Championship Lead

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Seb Morris Enjoyed A Couple Of Trips To The Top Step Of The Rockingham Podium - Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

 

Two superb lights to flag victories in only his second single-seater race meeting has moved Seb Morris to the top of the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship standings.

The 16 year old was the star of the show in Rounds Four and Five at Rockingham, adding two more pole positions to his treble pole position on the opening weekend, converting both into wins to make it three wins from the first five races.

The Ginetta Ambassador, who is currently in the midst of his GCSE exams, overcame tricky conditions and a host of red flags in the two qualifying sessions to take both poles. The opening race saw him lead by nearly four seconds before the emergence of the safety car near the halfway point.

Morris made a good restart and built around a two second lead, however was slowly caught by Scott Malvern as his tyres wore down. Morris held on for the win and added to it in the second race, a more routine win seeing him lead throughout with no interruptions, crossing the line three seconds ahead. Morris now holds a twelve point championship advantage over two-time McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist Malvern.

Reigning Ginetta Junior champion Morris said: “It's good to get the championship lead, that's what I'm always aiming for. We focused on our consistency a lot in the races. I made a small mistake in race one but in the second race all my lap times were within four tenths of each other, apart from when I missed a gear at the last corner on one lap. The car was handling perfectly thanks to the guys at Fortec.

“Rockingham is one of my least favourite tracks so to come away with two poles, two wins and fastest lap in the second race isn't bad going. Thruxton is next, I love the high-speed corners and we have a good set-up there so I'm really looking forward to it – it should be mega.”

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