GP3 RACER MOR­RIS TO BENT­LEY GT3

Sin­gle-seater con­vert to join Team Parker

Motor Sport News - - Front Page - By Rob Lad­brook Pho­tos: LAT, Jakob Ebrey

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.”

Rick Parfitt Jr Seb Mor­ris Team Parker will field two Con­ti­nen­tal GT3S

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