Morris keeps on winning with another Junior doublePosted: April 19, 2011
The 15 year-old Hillspeed team driver was on top form all weekend, snatching a double pole in qualifying on Saturday ahead of HHC Motorsport’s Charlie Robertson for both races before snatching another two victories to add to his Brands Hatch sweep, moving him already 50 points clear at the top of the points table.
When the racing got underway it was a dominant performance from Morris in the opening race as he held the lead in a side-by-side dice to the first corner with Robertson before gradually edging away at the front of the field on his way to a third consecutive victory, finishing over two seconds ahead of his rival by the flag.
Robertson however lost out to Niall Murray for second place as the door was left open when he challenged Morris for the lead at turn one at the start, starting off a battle between the pairing that bunched up the pack behind considerably, William Foster losing out to George Gamble at Old Hairpin for fourth place.
A safety car soon broke up the battle as Tom Howard and Sennan Fielding came to grief at the final chicane, wiping out the comfortable lead Morris had built up. On the restart, Robertson finally got his man for second place as Murray made a mistake at Old Hairpin and gifted the place away as he dropped to fourth place.
While the two leaders broke away, the fight for third place raged to the flag. Murray made a move at Redgate on Gamble that almost ended in tears as the two ran side-by-side through Craner and then ended up on the grass as they squeezed each other too much at Old Hairpin. The man to benefit from it was privateer Max Coates who drove around them all at Mcleans.
Murray then fought back to snatch the place from Coates at Redgate a lap later, before Jake Giddings moved ahead of Coates only to spin away the top five position, having driven through the field from 18th on the grid after qualifying problems.
The dominance from the two lead drivers was obvious as Morris finished a total of 10 seconds ahead of third place man Murray, who won out in the battle for the final podium spot ahead of Foster and Gamble.
Morris again repeated the feat by leading race two from lights-to-flag to claim victory, although this time it was a far, far tougher affair as following another good start, he was unable to make a break from his rivals.
Murray was a man to lose out on the opening lap as he dropped from fifth to seventh when he ran wide at the Old Hairpin, only for the reigning Ginetta Junior Ireland champion to take a place back from Fielding on the next lap at Redgate, then lose it again as he was re-passed on the exit.
Morris’ small gap he had built up was wiped away by a safety car early on in the race caused by a spin from Finlay Ratcliffe at the chicane that sent several drivers including Giddings, Myles Collins and Struan Moore heading for the gravel in avoidance. Moore and Ratcliffe were the only retirements from the incident, while Giddings rejoined without a bonnet for his troubles.
On the restart, Morris spent the rest of the race under severe pressure from Foster and Howard, as Tollbar driver Foster in particular tested the defensive skills of the leader as the top three cars ran together for some time.
Come the final lap the top three were still very close, but Morris held on to take his fourth win in a row by a mere 0.285s as he took the chequered flag, Howard following them in close company for third ahead of Coates, who made his move on Murray for the place before the latter dropped back down to eight place in the squabble for positions.
The driver who suffered the most difficult race proved to be the runner-up from round three, Robertson, who first spun his car to the back of the field in the early laps while running second and then during his recovery he later punted Brad Bailey off the road at Coppice on the way to sixth place, after which he was later excluded from the result for his part in the incident.