HILLSPEED CONGRATULATES ALUMNUS MORRIS ON CATERHAM F1 ACADEMY DEAL
Top British motor racing squad Hillspeed has spoken of its pride and delight after former team competitor Seb Morris was, this week, named as part of the Caterham Racing Academy – earning the youngster key support at an important stage of his racing career from the Caterham F1 Team.
Morris, twice a champion with Richard Ollerenshaw’s outfit, graduated from karts to cars with the Hathersage team in 2010 in Ginetta Junior where he made an immediate impact. The Welsh racer ultimately became the youngest ever Winter Series Champion later that very same year, at the tender age of 14, before winning the main Ginetta Junior Championship title with Hillspeed in 2011.
After a season in Protyre Formula Renault, where he won his third title in as many seasons when clinching the Winter Series crown, Morris returned to Hillspeed’s ranks in 2013 for the inaugural BRDC Formula 4 Championship campaign. Taking one win and nine other podiums, the 18-year-old ended the year as Vice-Champion.
While Morris is now moving on from Hillspeed’s ranks into European-level competition in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC series, the team is justifiably proud of the success the partnership achieved from day one and wishes the youngster well in his new association with the Caterham F1 Team.
“I definitely speak for everyone at Hillspeed, and our external partners, when I say how proud we all are of Seb’s achievements with us over the years and, of course, this week’s announcement linked to the support he is to receive from Caterham”, said Hillspeed team principal Ollerenshaw.
“Right from day one, when we first tested Seb when he was only 13-years-old, it was obvious to see he had the makings of a very successful racing driver and the aptitude to go with it. We’ve enjoyed being part of Seb’s success in Ginetta Junior and Formula 4 and thrilled for him he now has such an incredible opportunity with Caterham F1.”
Integral to the success of the Morris-Hillspeed partnership has been the team driver coach Matt Shawyer, a successful single-seater competitor in his own right. Working closely with the young Welshman since his debut with Hillspeed, Shawyer has been central to the team’s development of Morris as one of the UK’s most promising aspiring Formula One drivers. Earlier this month, Shawyer reconfirmed his plans and will remain with the Hillspeed F4 squad throughout its 2014 campaign.