Rick Parfitt and Seb Morris will return to the British GT Championship in 2017 as teammates once again with Team Parker Racing as part of its two-car campaign with Bentley, racing Continental GT3s.
Last year the duo finished third in the standings after scoring a win and five further podiums in what proved to be a successful first year together.
“I wanted to return to British GT as soon as the season finished,” Morris told DSC. “We have unfinished business after last year, and I want to continue to use the championship as a platform to showcase myself to factory teams.”
21-year-old Morris is confident that the upcoming season can be an even more fruitful one for himself and the team, after M-Sport and Team Parker have spent time improving the car in the off season.
“M-Sport and Team Parker have done a lot to improve the Continental GT3,” he continued. “There’s always the danger that a GT3 car comes out and there’s nothing you can do with it, but I’m pleased with what has been achieved over the off-season. The car has been improved in almost every aspect, although there’s been a focus on making the ABS and traction-control systems more effective.
“Rick has also made some incredible strides too. I don’t know what he’s been eating for breakfast in the offseason, but in the testing we have done he’s been setting some incredible times.
“We know what we have to do this year, we have the experience. Last year we were like kids in candy shops, setting poles and fastest laps, but we didn’t win enough. We just need to have a smoother season, if we make less errors we’ll surely be in with a shout of winning the title.”
Last year, Morris’ performance in the British GT title propelled him to winning the Sunoco Challenge which awarded him a drive in the Rolex 24 back in January with Action Express. It was an experience he hopes to be able to replicate in 2018.
“It was awesome,” Morris concluded. “Once you’ve won it, you can’t win the challenge again, but with my contacts in America I’m trying to get myself back there next year.”
Team Parker’s other car meanwhile will see Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod sharing driving duties.
Morris and Parfitt’s #31 Bentley’s new livery will be unveiled in Mayfair this week before the team leave for the British GT media day at Snetterton on March 28.
After that the team will travel to Oulton Park for the opening round of the season on April 15 & 17.