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24 Apr 2017

MORRIS EYEING ROCKINGHAM REVENGE IN BRITISHGT AFTER PODIUM SUCCESS ON NURBURGRING-NORDSCHLEIFE DEBUT

•    British GT title contender Morris keyed-up for Rockingham 2hr

•    Bentley Continental driver aiming for silverware in Rd3 of season

•    Morris buoyed after sparkling Nurburgring-Nordschleife debut


British GT Championship title contender Seb Morris says he is confident of challenging for silverware when round three takes place at Rockingham in Northamptonshire on Sunday, 30th April – especially after claiming a class podium on his Nurburgring-Nordschleife debut this past weekend.

The BRDC Superstar and MSA Team UK racer, who will be back behind the wheel of the Bentley Continental GT3 he shares with Rick Parfitt Jnr in British GT just a few days from now, experienced an altogether different challenge at the weekend at Germany’s legendary 24-kilometre Nordschleife.

Joining the Walkenhorst Motorsport squad to pilot a BMW 235i in the six-hour encounter, the Qualification Race for this year’s annual 24 Hour contest at the Nordschleife, 21-year-old Morris produced an impressive showing on his maiden outing at the track with a top three class result alongside fellow Britons Raoul Owens and Hunter Abbott, plus German driver Thomas Hetzer.

Bouyed by the terrific performance at the globe’s most awe-inspiring and challenging track, Marford driver Morris aims to use the confidence and experience gained from his Nordschleife debut to have a positive impact on this coming weekend’s two-hour race at Rockingham with Team Parker Racing.

“I never expected to come away from my first visit to the Nordschleife with a podium, it was a fantastic experience and result”, said the Welshman, “I went into the weekend with no experience at all, I did some laps in a road car on Thursday with my manager Andy [Meyrick] and then had to do an all-day course on Friday to be permitted to qualify and race.

“On Saturday I was thrown in at the deep end, one lap in practice and only two laps in qualifying, so I had three laps total before the race. I got to grips with the BMW well, I was handed the car in P5 and started pushing but to a nice, comfortable limit. I handed the car back over in P3 after my stint and we ended up with the podium – it was a great experience.”

He added: “It’s the most challenging thing I’ve ever done but we wanted to do it to expand my opportunities for the future. Hopefully I can get my race permit for GT3 in the 24 hour race, I’ve got two more races to try and do that, and then we’ll be in a position to try and make the most of any manufacturer possibilities which could arise in the future. It’s prepared me well for Rockingham.”

Turning attention back to British GT this coming weekend, Morris and Parfitt Jnr head into the third round of the season fourth in the outright championship and fourth in the Pro-Am standings. While wet-weather during the Oulton Park season-opener over Easter weekend didn’t work in their favour, Morris showcased his blinding speed in qualifying with the fastest ever GT3 lap at the venue.

“I’m sure the cream will rise to the top at Rockingham, I know we’ll have a fast car so, hopefully, we can qualify well and have a good clean race”, said the Ast Transport Branding, SaxonAir and Liberty Properties-backed racer, “We need it to stay dry but if it does rain, we’ll have to do the best we can in the circumstances as we did at Oulton.”

Practice and qualifying at Rockingham will take place this coming Saturday, 29th April, with the eagerly awaited two-hour British GT race following on Sunday, 30th April, at 13.10. The race will be screened live in the UK on free-to-air digital channel Front Runner.

2017 British GT Championship Driver Standings   
4th Seb Morris & Rick Parfitt Jnr, 22pts

2017 British GT Championship Pro-Am Standings
4th Seb Morris & Rick Parfitt Jnr, 22pts