BRANDS HATCH GP PODIUM FOR FR RACER MORRIS
Hillspeed’s Seb Morris took his podium tally for the season to five at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend, 27th/28th July, with a fantastic second place finish in round 13 following a superb drive through from sixth on the grid.
Although losing his best lap time in qualifying when officials deemed him to have exceeded track limits, the Marford 17-year-old was undeterred by linin-up on the third row of the grid and instantly climbed into the top four.
Coming under intense pressure from a gaggle of cars behind, Morris worked wonders to fend them off around the challenging Kent track. Heading into the closing stages, the Hillspeed racer was able to close on a potential podium but over the final couple of laps problems of Jake Hughes and Charlie Robertson dramatically enabled Morris to grab second place.
Team-mates Struan Moore and Rahul Raj Mayer were 11th and 20th respectively after contrasting fortunes. Jersey teenager Moore fought his way back from a slip to 13th position on lap one while an excursion for Mayer on the opening tour resulted in the Malaysian finishing a lap down.
In round 14, Morris took a top six finish after a relatively uneventful outing – having started seventh on the ‘reverse grid’ – while Moore broke into the top 10 with a ninth place finish. Lining-up in 11th position as per his race one result, Moore climbed two places on lap one and, like team-mate Morris, remained in position throughout.
Mayer once again encountered early misfortune which was particularly disappointing after a clean start to the race. Holding 19th place at the end of lap one, he came to grief on the second tour and had to pit for repairs. Although falling a lap behind the leaders, he did manage to finish in 19th spot.
Morris began the last of the weekend’s encounters, round 15, from seventh on the grid and put together an excellent performance to take away a richly deserved top four – just a couple of seconds shy of the podium.
Climbing into fifth on lap two, Morris then claimed fourth on the following tour and remained there to the chequered flag on lap 14. He did have to contend with very intense pressure but held off a three-car challenge with aplomb.
Unfortunately for Mayer, an incident on the opening lap led to his retirement – although he did make it back to the pits – but Moore was again able to rack up some points with 11th place. Starting in 16th position, he was up into 14th place on lap two and 12th a lap later before moving into 11th at mid-distance. He did break into 10th position but lost out to Raoul Hyman on the final lap.