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23 May 2016

MORRIS TARGETING PODIUM RETURN AS BRITISH GT HEADS TO MSA TEAM UK RACER’S HOME CIRCUIT

Oulton Park International Circuit will host the first double-header race meeting of the British GT Championship season this Bank Holiday weekend, where title challenger Seb Morris will make his first competitive appearance on ‘home’ soil at the Cheshire track since 2013.

Marford 20-year-old Seb, who for the past couple of years has been racing in Europe and on the international stage in Formula Renault and the GP3 Series, is delighted to be back competing at one of the UK’s premier motor racing circuits which also happens to be one of the most challenging too.

Ahead of rounds three and four of the British GT season, which will both be one-hour contests, the Team Parker Racing driver and team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr hold fourth position in both the outright GT3 standings and the Pro-Am title battle.

Beginning the season with a fantastic second place finish at Brands Hatch in the No.31 Bentley Continental GT3, having impressively qualified on pole position on their debut as team-mates, the duo now targets a podium return after a tough outing last time out in round two at Rockingham.

An unfortunate excursion on oil for Parfitt Jnr in practice meant the Team Parker entry had to miss the qualifying session but, despite a series of issues in the two-hour contest, they still managed to battle through to a points-scoring top 10 finish.

After a three week break from the track since the previous event, Seb returned to action at Oulton Park on Friday, 20th May, for a vital test outing and is now absolutely relishing the Bank Holiday double-header.

“I’m really looking forward to next weekend, we’ve got a big challenge ahead to try and claw back some points after Rockingham but we’re looking forward and planning on being back where we were at Brands Hatch”, said the MSA Team UK driver.

“Oulton is quite a tight circuit, so the traffic could be an issue in qualifying but we need to manage that the best we can and make sure we’re starting as close to the front of the grid as possible. I know the Parker guys will give us a great car, though, and we’re 100% going for podiums.”

He added: “As long as Rick is in a position to hand the car over to me in one piece I’m confident I’ll be quick and able to challenge strongly. Rick has been quick at Oulton in the past and it’s the place where I took my biggest ever winning margin in a race – I think I won by something like 23 seconds in Ginetta Juniors in 2011. I’ve always enjoyed Oulton, so can’t wait to race there in the Bentley.”

Following two practice sessions at the Cheshire venue on Saturday, 28th May, qualifying will get underway at 15.50. After a day off on Sunday, 29th May, the action will resume on Bank Holiday Monday, 30th May, with round three starting at 11.15 and round four commencing at 15.30.

 

BRITISH GT TIMETABLE: OULTON PARK

Saturday 28 May
09:30 - 10:30: Free Practice 1
12:35 - 13:25: Free Practice 2
15:50 - 16:00: GT3 Am Qualifying
16:04 - 16:14: GT3 Pro Qualifying
16:18 - 16:28: GT4 Am Qualifying
16:33 - 16:43: GT4 Pro Qualifying

Monday 30 May
08:55 - 09:05: Warm up
11:15 - 12:15: Race 1
15:30 - 16:30: Race 2

 

2016 British GT Championship GT3 Driver Standings (after Rd2):
4th Seb Morris & Rick Parfitt Jnr, 28.5pts

2016 British GT Championship Pro-Am GT3 Driver Standings (after Rd2):
4th Seb Morris & Rick Parfitt Jnr, 30pts

2016 British GT Championship GT3 Team Standings (after Rd2):
4th Team Parker Racing, 28.5pts