2014  International & Single Seater News

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Seb & Matt's latest Euro Formula Renault news by Rob Allender

 WRDA members Seb Morris & Matt Parry, both winners of the WRDA Welsh Young Driver of the Year award, both in the Caterham F1 Academy, both supported by Elite Cmyru & both driving cars prepared by Fortec Racing, but competing in different European Formula Renault Championships,are both in action in June.

Seb who is competing in the 2014 Formula Renault NEC, won by Matt last year, is taking in the Formula Renault ALPs races at Spa Francorchamps on Sat & Sunday 7/8th June on the same weekend as the Dutch Supercar Challenge, as his main championship will visit Spa later in the year. The next rounds of the 2014 Formula Renault NEC is at Hockenheim on 13/14/15 June. http://www.sebmorris.com/index.php/calendar Seb is now 3rd in the 2014 Formula Renault NEC after winning the last race at Silverstone!





Meanwhile Matt’s torrid start to the 2014 Formula Renault Eurocup continues, leaving him with just a single point to show for his efforts! Looking to bounce back after a somewhat hesitant start to the season in Spain, Parry was anticipating an improvement at Spa, one of his favourite circuits and the scene of one of his five Formula Renault NEC wins last year, but again found himself on the back foot even before qualifying had got underway. “The car felt better, with more grip than it had at Aragon, but I got caught out at turn seven and backed it into the wall,” a frustrated Parry sighed, “While there wasn’t a huge amount of damage, I only had three laps on the board and was playing catch-up from that point on!” Matt’s opening race ended abruptly due to technical problems rather than an accident as a broken throttle stop stranded on the long straight between Radillon and Les Combes! “After the woeful start to the weekend in race one, I was really hoping to turn things around in second qualifying, but I think I misplayed the strategy. Others obviously kept something in their tyres for the last few minutes and there was nothing I could do as they improved their times.” Despite a lowly starting position to race 2, Matt quickly fought his way into contention for points, gaining eight places to run as high as tenth, embroiled in a battle with Aragon racewinner Andrea Pizzitola before crossing the line in eleventh spot.

“I’ve never had to work so hard over a weekend to gain just a single point. It was a good battle with Pizzitola, and that went some way to making up for my early exit on Saturday, but the points return is not what I was looking for after the mixed start we had in Spain. It’s a disappointing start to the year with four races down. We’re still struggling to get the best out of the car, and I’m a little confused as to why our pre-season pace appears to have disappeared, but I’ll keep working and focusing on finding the key that will unlock its potential. I know that I can compete with the guys at the front of the field, and am sure that I’ll get the chance to do that before too long.” Round three of the 2014 Formula Renault Eurocup takes place at the new Moscow Raceway in Russia  over the weekend of 28-29 June.