• Bentley driver Seb Morris relishing ‘home’ event at Silverstone
• Pro-Am podium finisher seeking first win in Blancpain Endurance
• Huge support expected for reigning British GT Champion in Rd2
Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit welcomes the prestigious Blancpain Endurance Cup this weekend, 19th/20th May, where Welsh race ace Seb Morris will be mounting the strongest possible challenge for a first Pro-Am class victory in the pan-European championship.
Chester-based Morris, the reigning British GT Champion, heads into round two of the season on cloud nine after an outstanding start to life in Blancpain three weeks ago at Monza in Italy where he and team-mates Rob Smith and Derek Pierce scorched to a tremendous Pro-Am podium.
Taking the class runner-up spot in race one of the 2018 campaign, British Racing Drivers’ Club Superstar and MSA Team UK driver Morris is brimming with confidence heading into his and Team Parker Racing’s ‘home’ event and is setting his sights high for the eagerly awaited three-hour race.
“I think a lot of people were taken by surprise with how quick we were at Monza”, said the Bentley Continental GT3 driver, “Our entry into the championship was obviously quite late, we hadn’t really had much testing, and yet we came through to finish P2 in our first race which was pretty faultless.
“I can’t wait for the weekend, I’m more prepared than I ever have been and a lot fitter since Monza too. Silverstone is one of my favourite tracks, if not the favourite, and the nature of the circuit with the high-speed corners really does suit the Bentley. Monza was a great track for our car, but I think Silverstone can be even better for us.”
While many in the Blancpain paddock may have been somewhat caught-out by the stunning performance of Morris last time out, the competitiveness of the No.31 Bentley and the team as a whole was no surprise at all to the Welshman.
Indeed, while second in Pro-Am was an outstanding result the signs were there for all to see from practice and qualifying – especially in qualifying. Only just missing out on the Pro-Am pole position at Monza, 22-year-old Morris’ blistering pace meant he lapped a stunning fourth fastest overall and just 0.2 seconds shy of the outright pole against some of the globe’s premier ‘factory’ drivers.
Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, of course, is a track where Morris – who gained a whole new fanbase recently while starring on reality TV show Celebs Go Dating – has enjoyed some tremendous success in the past.
Not least last year when, along with then team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr, he dominated the three-hour British GT Championship race at the home of the British Grand Prix. Taking victory by an incredible minute and a half, the Bentley Continental driver is determined to replicate similar scintillating form.
“If we look back to British GT at Silverstone last year, hopefully we can have another one of those and challenge for a big result”, added Morris, “We know who the rivals are we need to keep an eye on, if we get our strategy right and make sure the pit-stops go well then we have a great chance to keep the momentum going.”
Free Practice for the Blancpain Endurance Cup runners at Silverstone will take place at 10.45 on Saturday, 19th May, with Pre-Qualifying following at 15.45. On Sunday, 20th May, final Qualifying will begin at 09.45 with the big race itself scheduled to commence at 15.00.
Live streaming of Qualifying and round two will be carried online HERE with further coverage on digital satellite and cable channel Motorsport TV. (SKY Channel 447)