F3 driver Lee Morgan is a little fish who’s making a big splash in the racing world, having made the step up to Formula 3 this season after storming the Jedi Championships last year with nine wins out of fourteen.
We first introduced Lee when we popped over to Brands Hatch at the start of the season to have a chat and see him take his brand new car (featuring our Littlefish FX logo!) for its first spin. (If you missed Lee’s first interview, catch up here).
Now that Lee’s first season racing in F3 has drawn to an end, we thought we’d check in to see how the season has gone. Read to find out what he had to say…
How has the 2014 racing season been?
The season has been difficult from the outset. Engine problems in the early part of the season set me back and cost me valuable seat time and experience.
But there were some positives – qualifying 2nd at Silverstone and picking up 2 podiums at Spa Francorchamps.
How’ve you found the new wheels and making the step up to F3?
The new car hasn’t given me the results I’d hoped for at the start of the season, and competing in F3 with a small budget made the job tough. But the step up to F3 wasn’t as difficult as I thought it could be – driving a car that was longer and heavier, I found myself on the pace straight away, qualifying 4th at the first round after a lack of test time.
What’s been your high point of the season?
Spa Francorchamps was by far my high point of the season. Getting to drive one of the greatest and most historic tracks on the circuit was an amazing feeling. I picked up two memorable podiums in tricky conditions.
The best part of the weekend was most definitely standing on the podium with the British flag flying above me and the National Anthem playing loud…
Have you had any set backs or challenging races?
There have been a couple of set backs this year. An accident at the first round, getting caught up in another driver spinning in front of me, and the big repair bill that came with it.
The other set back was not being able to maximise the car’s potential, and getting to grips with its inconsistent handling even though it was the best looking car on the grid.
What has this season taught you?
I’ve learnt that to be competing at the front, you need to be with the top teams with the best equipment. Which takes me back to budget: the top teams cost the most – you get what you pay for.
The cost of motorsport is massive even at F3 level, and to compete at the front you need sponsors and investment.
And how would you sum up the season overall?
The season has now come to an end and I finished 5th in my first year of F3. I could have placed higher if I hadn’t missed the final rounds at Snetterton, but we had nothing left in the kitty.
After the battle of winning the 2013 Formula Jedi title it has been a bit of a comedown this year, but as all champions do I will bounce back in 2015 and fight for glory once again.
Thanks for chatting to us Lee – congratulations on finishing 5th, and all the best for the 2015 racing season.
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