HILLSPEED & MORRIS TO APPEAL EXCLUSION FROM SNETTERTON VICTORY
Hathersage-based Hillspeed has lodged an appeal with the governing body of British motorsport, the MSA (Motor Sports Association), after Seb Morris was stripped of victory during round 20 of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship earlier today, Sunday, 8th September, at Snetterton in Norfolk.
Although elbowed back from second to third place on lap two, Morris regained the position on lap four and then set his sights on race leader Jack Barlow. Piling on the pressure, the Hillspeed driver swarmed all over the back of his rival before producing a sensational pass on the eighth tour at Montreal Hairpin. Morris went on to win by just 0.5 seconds, his maiden success in Formula 4.
Shortly after the race, though, championship officials moved to exclude Morris’ car from the results on the grounds the gurney flap on the rear wing didn’t comply with the regulations. Disagreeing in the strongest possible terms with the decision, team and driver immediately protested the exclusion and a hearing on the court case is expected towards the end of the season.
“We’ve got no doubt at all the ruling made today will be overturned when our case is heard at the National Court”, said Hillspeed team principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “Seb produced an exceptional performance to win, he’s thoroughly deserved a victory all year and to have it taken away on a technicality is very frustrating. We’re adamant the gurney flap complies fully with technical manual.”
In the weekend’s two other races, Morris was seventh in the opening encounter and then rounded off the event with an excellent runner-up spot in round 21. Beginning the race in fourth position, Morris produced an excellent performance – albeit one soured by the earlier exclusion.
Struan Moore, who won at Snetterton’s 300 Circuit during the previous visit back in June, was again on great form at the East Anglian track and claimed a brace of podium finishes in the first and third races of the weekend.
As the fastest of the Hillspeed drivers in qualifying, Moore started round 19 from third on the grid and remained in position until the seventh tour when he got ahead of Jake Hughes for second place before eventually finishing a second clear of his rival.
After an unfortunate retirement from round 20, while running in seventh place on the final lap, Moore bounced back from the disappointment with another podium in round 21. Starting the race in third position, he initially climbed into second off the start before being passed by Morris on lap two. Moore then ran in third to the conclusion on lap 10.
Team-mate Rahul Raj Mayer secured 13th position in race one, having qualified well in 15th place, and went on to claim an improved top 12 result in round 20. The Malaysian rounded-out the weekend with 16th position in the final encounter to cap off a competitively strong outing.