Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit plays host to rounds five and six of the GP3 Series this coming weekend, 4th/5th July, where Welshman Seb Morris is determined to build on the superb top five performance he delivered during the previous event in Austria just over a week ago.
Securing his first points in the prestigious FIA Formula One World Championship support category during round four, thanks to an exceptional drive through the order from 19th on the grid to fifth, the MSA Team UK and FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy racer is determined to use the performance as a springboard to greater success with Status Grand Prix on home soil at Silverstone.
Rocketing up the championship table into 11th position last time out, the Marford 19-year-old is in buoyant mood ahead of Silverstone and is relishing the prospect of competing on ‘home’ soil again at a venue where he has enjoyed great success in the past.
Winning on the Grand Prix track last year in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC), in 2013 Seb took an excellent podium hat-trick at the Northamptonshire venue in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship. During his debut season in single-seaters a year earlier, he was a double winner in Formula Renault BARC on Silverstone’s shorter National Circuit.
“It’s going to be enjoyable being back at Silverstone, it’s obviously my home race and the home race for the team as well so, hopefully, it’ll be a good weekend”, said the Serge DeNimes and Oxford Vaughan ambassador, “I know how fast I can be at Silverstone, I’ve won there several times over the years and knowing the track will be a little bit of an advantage.
“Red Bull Ring was a big step forward in race two, we still need to make improvements for qualifying but hopefully we can keep progressing and have an even stronger weekend at Silverstone. I’m really looking forward to being back there – it’ll be great racing in front of the British fans again.”
Morris invited to remain part of Sport Wales programme
Ahead of the latest GP3 race weekend, Seb has received a timely boost with the news Sport Wales has invited him to remain part of the prestigious Welsh Assembly Government-backed initiative for a second consecutive year.
Sport Wales, which is supported with National Lottery funding, was inaugurated in 1997 and works to champion the very best young sporting talent across a wide variety of disciplines, developing and promoting both elite and grassroots sport.
“I feel very honoured to have been invited by Sport Wales to be part of the programme for a second year”, said Seb, “As everyone knows, I’m very proud of my Welsh heritage and it’s fantastic to be able to fly the flag on behalf of Sport Wales on the international stage in GP3.”
Practice at Silverstone will take place at 17.50 this coming Friday, 3rd July, with qualifying following at 08.45 on Saturday, 4th July, and race one of the weekend – round five – beginning at 16.20.
On Sunday, 5th July, round six will get underway at 08.10 on the morning of the British Grand Prix and coverage of both GP3 races will be screened live on the Sky Sports F1 channel.
2015 GP3 Series Driver Standings (after Rd4):
11th Seb Morris, 6pts