Mor­ris to race in 2017 Day­tona 24 Hours

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Bri­tish GT driver Seb Mor­ris will race in the top class of next year’s Day­tona 24 Hours af­ter win­ning the Sunoco Whe­len Chal­lenge.

Mor­ris fin­ished third in the Bri­tish GT3 points this year, tak­ing four pole po­si­tions, a race vic­tory and a fastest lap in his de­but GT sea­son. The Sunoco con­test scores driv­ers a points av­er­age de­pen­dent on their re­spec­tive re­sults.

Mor­ris has won the prize af­ter clos­est ri­val, Rad­i­cal Euro­pean Masters star Marco Cencetti, failed to score enough points dur­ing last week­end’s round at Jerez to over­haul Mor­ris’s to­tal.

Mor­ris will now get a ful­ly­funded seat in a Whe­len-backed Day­tona Pro­to­type for the Jan­uary 28/29 event. He is the third Bri­tish GT racer to win the prize, fol­low­ing Jonathan Adam last year and Phil Keen in 2015 [when he raced Rad­i­cals], who were both in­el­i­gi­ble hav­ing won pre­vi­ously. Mor­ris’s team and co-driv­ers are yet to be an­nounced.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing to miss out on the Bri­tish GT ti­tle this year, but my sights have been set on win­ning the Sunoco Chal­lenge and rac­ing at Day­tona,” he said.

“Man­u­fac­tur­ers and big teams like driv­ers who have proven them­selves in big races, which is dif­fi­cult for young guns like me with lim­ited bud­get. Rac­ing at Day­tona isn’t just about hav­ing a good time, it’s demon­strat­ing what I can do in one of the world’s big­gest sportscar stages.”

Mor­ris will head State­side

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