2014  International & Single Seater News

News of WRDA members who are competing in the International & Single Seater arena.


Seb Morris goes all out for wins in the final 3 races of his 2014 Formula Renault NEC season (report by Marc Orme - web editor Rob Allender)

WRDA member & 2011 Young Welsh driver of the year Seb Morris will be going all-out for victories during the final 3 races in the 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) at Germany’s Nurburgring this coming weekend, 20th/21st September, as he strives for a top three championship finish – and potentially more besides!

Heading into the all-important title decider, Seb driving a Fortec Motorsport prepared car, is only 15 points away from third place in the standings but also only just 39 points away from fellow Fortec team-mate Ben Barricoat, who is currently the series leader! With three races to be contested at the weekend, one carried over from the previous round at Most in the Czech Republic where horrendous weather forced its postponement, a total of 90 points will be on offer.
While not getting remotely carried away, and striving to simply achieve the best results he can to leave a lasting impression at the end of his maiden season at European level, the 18-year-old from Marford knows the championship is still far from over. 
(Photo above by Insight F1 Motorsport Report) Seb has certainly tapped into a rich vein of form of late, taking three podiums from the last three races with the run triggered by his second win of the year at Assen in The Netherlands during round 11. Importantly, going into the Nurburgring event, the Caterham Racing Academy driver also has the confidence of knowing he will start the rescheduled Most race from the front row of the grid. “Hopefully it should be a strong end to the season”, he commented, “We need to make sure we have the pace from testing and then extract as much as we can from the car for qualifying, although it is fantastic going into the weekend knowing we’ll start the first race from second on the grid.
“That really is a great boost and it’s up to us to get qualifying right for the other two races, we have to start at the front to have the best chance possible. With the championship as it is, the pressure will be on the other guys hopefully and then we can try and take advantage of that.”
Seb worked hard with Fortec in the mid-season to iron out a few set-up troubles, since that the MSA Academy racer has been one of the heaviest scorers in the championship which has enabled him to go into the final in with a chance of the title – something he didn’t think possible three events ago.
“The car has been great the last few race meetings so we’re confident it’ll be strong again, and the team has been to the Nurburgring already this year with its Eurocup [Formula Renault 2.0] drivers so that gives us a good starting point”, commented Seb. “The tough start to the season made me work even harder to turn things around and when you have times like that, it makes you realise just how nice it is when you win – sometimes you don’t appreciate that enough. I’m hoping we can have a strong end to the year and push to finish in the championship top three, it’s the results at the end of the season everyone remembers.”
Race one at Nurburgring will get underway at 14.20 (UK time) on Friday, 19th September, with race two taking place on Saturday, 20th September, at 10.00 (UK time). The third and final encounter of the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC season will begin at 07.40 (UK time) on Sunday, 21st September.
Seb is part of the Caterham Racing Academy and is supported by the Jack Wills ‘Young Briton’ programme, and is a TAG Heuer & Oxford Vaughan ambassador and Elite Cymru supported driver.

Provisional 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup Standings (after 11 of 16 rounds):

1st Ben Barnicoat,  224 pt

2nd Louis Deletraz, 212 points

3rd Steijn Schothorst 200 pts

4thSeb Morris, 185 pts

5th Callan O'Keeffe, 172 pts

Points The following points will be awarded for the races:

1st place: 30 points; 2nd place: 24 pts ; 3rd place: 20 pts; 4th place: 17 pts; 5th place: 16 pts; 6th place: 15 pts ; 7th place: 14 pts; 8th place: 13 pts  

9th place: 12 pts and on down to 20th place which is worth 1 points

In order to be classified a driver who has taken the start must have completed at least 75 % of the winner’s race distance. The following points will be awarded if a race is shortened or stopped and not resumed: At least 75% of the scheduled distance = full points At least 50% of the scheduled distance = half of the points

Less than 50% of the scheduled distance = no points

The Car .
Formula Renault 2.0 - Edition 2013

Front Suspension: Pushrod mono damper Barazi Epsilon

Rear Suspension: Pushrod twin dampers Barazi Epsilon

Chassis: FR2.0/13 by Tatuus

Bodywork: Full Carbon by Tatuus

Gearbox gears and differential: Sadev - 7 ratios / Limited slip differential

Gearbox command: Electric by XAP (Solenoid)

Dampers: ZF Race Engineering 2 ways

Steering wheel: XAP with paddleshift

Rims: Team Dynamics, Front 9", Rear 10"

Tyres: Michelin 20-54x13 / 24-57x13

Brake System: Caparo AP Braking (4 pistons callipers)

Clutch: Twin discs sinter clutch by ZF Race Engineering

Engine: Renault Sport

Type: F4R 832 - 1998 cm3

Power: 210 BHP

Engine Max Torque: 220 Nm

Engine Max revs: 7500 rpm

Safety: FIA F3 2012 norms except Zylon panels

Weight: 505 kg

Formula Renault 2.0 - Edition 2012

Type: Carbon-fibre Monocoque, full carbon bodywork

Type F4R – 4 cylinders – 16 valves – 1998 cc 
Bore x stroke (mm): 82.7 x 93 
Maximum power: 144 (196) Bhp at 7000 rpm 
Maximum torque: 222 Nm (21.6 mkg) at 4750 rpm

Transmission Sequentially controlled, dog-clutch box with 6 forward gears, changeable ratios 
Self-locking differential

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