GP3 RACER MORRIS TO BENTLEY GT3
Single-seater convert to join Team Parker
GP3 Series racer Seb Morris will switch to sportscar racing this season after signing to lead Team Parker Racing’s new Bentley GT3 programme in British GT.
Welshman Morris, 20, will campaign the team’s first factory supported Continental GT3 alongside former GT4 division champion Rick Parfitt Jr this year. Drivers for Team Parker’s second entry have yet to be revealed.
Morris finished a disappointing 18th in the GP3 points last year, running with the Status Grand Prix team. He previously finished third in the Formula Renault NEC points and claimed titles in both the Formula Renault BARC and Ginetta Junior categories.
“This move has come about through budget and career prospects,” said Morris from Wrexham. “We didn’t have the best budget in GP3 and we could wind up spending millions in single-seaters to only move to GTS down the line anyway. I have time on my side so switching now is better. I had the chance to go and do Blancpain, but a learning year in Britain seemed the better option.
“There are more chances to become a paid driver in GTS and with Team Parker I know I have a car capable of winning straight away. GTS do take some adapting to, such as the extra weight and sitting on one side and having a roof. But my experience will serve me well. I know Rick very well too – since Ginetta Juniors – so we’ll make a great pairing.”
Team head Stuart Parker said: “If you look at any of the top GT drivers they have all had single-seater experience at some point in their careers, and Seb has served his time in Formula Renault and GP3.
“I’ve known Seb since his Ginetta Jr days and watched him race on the TOCA package and he has all of the qualities to make it as a top GT driver. Rick too has come on so much in recent years.
“As a pairing they will be great for the championship as they’re young, fast and full of potential.”