Morris eyeing Rockingham revenge
Seb Morris is confident of challenging for silverware when round three takes place at Rockingham on Sunday, 30th April. After claiming a class podium on his Nürburgring-Nordschleife debut this past weekend, the BRDC Superstar and MSA Team UK racer, will be back behind the wheel of the Bentley Continental GT3 he shares with Rick Parfitt Jnr in British GT.
Joining the Walkenhorst Motorsport squad to drive a BMW 235i in theQualification 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.
“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. 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.