26 May Morris takes maiden win at Silverstone
It was a mixed bag of results for the Fortec Formula Renault 2.0 NEC team of Ben Barnicoat, Seb Morris and Jorge Cevallos this weekend at Silverstone. Saturday’s first race saw Barnicoat finish 6th, Morris 14th and Cevallos 17th. Sunday saw Marford racing driver Morris claim his maiden win in the category after a superb lights-to-flag victory. Cevallos crossed the line 10th with Barnicoat in 18th.
It was a wet first race on Saturday, 24th May and early on a battle ensued between teammates Morris and Barnicoat who sat in 6th and 7th respectively.
“My start to the race wasn’t great,” commented Barnicoat. “Off the line on my side of the grid was wet and I had a lot of wheel spin. I was in seventh and catching Seb in sixth but I ran wide and lost some time.”
Barnicoat was soon back on the charge and chasing Morris. The two once again battled it out and despite Morris continuing to defend, an unfortunate spin at mid-distance saw him fall down the order into 14th whilst Barnicoat passed for sixth. Both maintained their positions up until the chequered flag, whilst teammate Cevallos finished 17th.
Qualifying on pole position for the second of the weekend’s two encounters by 0.4 seconds, Morris controlled race two from the front despite intense pressure.
Making a good launch, Morris darted across to the right-hand side of the track to defend the inside line from teammate Barnicoat and went on to build an advantage of 1.4 seconds by the start of lap five.
Although Callan O’Keeffe (ART Junior Team) closed in during the second half of the race, Morris didn’t put a wheel wrong and was able to pick the lines he wanted while keeping the South African at arm’s length. Taking the chequered flag on lap 13 half a second ahead, the TAG Heuer ambassador, Jack Wills ‘Young Briton’ and Elite Cymru-supported driver was absolutely elated as he crossed the line to take his maiden win in the category.
“It was a very tough race but a good one! We’ve had so much bad luck so far this year, I’m so pleased it’s turned today – it’s absolutely fantastic to get the win”, commented Morris. “We’ve made some good changes that allowed me to be more confident and push it a bit harder. I focused on my apexes and exists and getting a good drive out of the corners and it worked obviously.”
Cevallos went on to cross the line in 10th whilst Barnicoat took 18th.
The next round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup is in Hockenheim on the 14th-15th June.