04 Jul 2017
CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGER MORRIS HOPING TO CONTINUE IMPRESSIVE MOMENTUM AS BRITISH GT VISITS SPA
• Multiple British GT race winner Seb Morris relishing Spa return
• Morris and team-mate Parfitt Jnr seeking third victory of 2017
• BRDC Superstar and MSA Team UK ace confident for Rds7&8
• Expanded grid in Belgium to provide even greater competition
Spa-Francorchamps, one of the world’s greatest motor racing challenges, hosts the annual overseas visit of the British GT Championship just a week from now where multiple race winner Seb Morris and team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr will be mounting a major bid to add to their tally of 2017 wins.
Heading to Belgium for rounds seven and eight of the season, where both one-hour races will be contested on Saturday, 8th July, the Team Parker Racing drivers are determined to continue the momentum which delivered a magnificent, and utterly dominant, victory last time out at Silverstone.
Storming to a winning margin of more than a minute during the longest race of the season, the three-hour Silverstone 500, Morris and Parfitt Jnr’s sensational result also meant they closed to within just four points of the top of the GT3 championship standings.
Increasingly, the title battle is looking like a straight fight between the Bentley Continental GT3 drivers and Lamborghini Huracan pairing Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw. But with the championship reverting to the double-header format next weekend, and with three race meetings still to run, there is plenty of scope for twists and turns and lots of points up for grabs.
From Morris’ perspective, consistently strong scores in both 60-minute contests at Spa are key but having been a mere 0.6 seconds shy of victory at the Belgian Grand Prix venue this time last year, during his maiden season in GT racing, the Marford 21-year-old will undoubtedly be ultra-quick again and likely to be a genuine contender for silverware.
The task will be made all the harder, though, due to the success penalty which will apply to the driver-change pit-stop in race one of the weekend, off the back of the Silverstone win. Additionally, there will be an expanded grid at Spa with some hugely competitive entries from the likes of Barwell Motorsport and international squad Kessel Racing – with Lamborghini and Ferrari respectively.
“It’s always amazing to race at Spa and I can’t wait to be back there”, said BRDC Superstar and MSA Team UK racer Morris, “Last year we had a fantastic result and hopefully we can try and go one better this time around and challenge for another win.
“It’s not going to be easy, especially in the first race where we have the success penalty from the win at Silverstone, but we’re feeling positive. The addition of Kessel and another Barwell Lamborghini will only make the challenge greater, but it’s one we’re ready for and looking forward to.”
Morris and Parfitt Jnr started their second season as team-mates in British GT with a best result of fourth position during the championship-opening double header at Oulton Park, before taking their first win of the year at Rockingham.
Chalking-up a consistent haul of points at Snetterton, with a best of fourth place again during the second double header of 2017, the highlight performance thus far was without question round six earlier this month at Silverstone where nobody had an answer for the Bentley duo’s performance.
“At Silverstone the Bentley was really able to stretch its legs and maximise its strengths and I hope we’ll be in a similar situation at Spa”, added Morris, “The guys at Team Parker have been doing an amazing job with the car, Rick is driving brilliantly and I’m happy with my form too. Without any issues next weekend, hopefully we can be competitive in both races and score well.”
Opening practice for British GT at Spa will take place at 08.00 (UK time) next Friday, 7th July, with session two getting underway at 10.30 (UK time) and qualifying following at 15.15 (UK time). On Saturday, 8th July, round seven is scheduled to start at 08.20 (UK time) with round eight set to begin at 12.00 (UK time).
2017 British GT Championship Driver Standings
2nd Seb Morris & Rick Parfitt Jnr, 115pts
2017 British GT Championship Pro-Am Standings
2nd Seb Morris & Rick Parfitt Jnr, 117pts