2017 British GT Champions Rick Parfitt Jnr, Seb Morris will team up once again and race in the British GT Championship in a new JRM Bentley Continental GT3.
The Pro-Am duo claimed 2017’s British GT3 crown aboard a Team Parker Racing-run first-generation Continental GT3. Now, after a season spent contesting different series, they’re back with Bentley’s latest GT3 car.
The programme also sees former GT1 World Championship winning team JRM return to British GT for the first time since the end of 2017 when it made a one-off appearance at Donington Park with a Nissan GT-R GT3.
Few were expecting to see Parfitt Jnr’s name on this year’s entry after British GT’s only GT3/4 champion announced his retirement at the end of 2018. However, the opportunity to return with such a familiar combination prompted him to return.
“It was always going to take something immensely special to bring me back to racing having achieved my aim of winning both GT4 and GT3 titles,” he said. “So when I was approached to reform ‘the dream team’ with Seb and Bentley, who are in their centenary year, and the project is run by former GT1 World Championship-winning team JRM, it simply represented an offer I couldn’t refuse. I don’t think I have ever been more focussed and fired up: it’s time to ‘Bring the Thunder’ once again!”
Morris, meanwhile, joins JRM after being confirmed as one of Bentley’s factory M-Sport drivers for this year’s Total 24 Hours of Spa. It also follows a season racing with Team Parker and Bentley in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.
“I’m coming back to British GT as a proper ‘Pro’, JRM want my services as a driver and that’s an incredible feeling,” said the 23-year-old. “Rick had obviously announced his retirement, which was serious, and when the team talked with him he said he wouldn’t come back unless he was with me, that’s such a fantastic thing for him to have said, it’s very special and I feel honoured and humbled.”
JRM’s Managing Director, Jason King, believes the team couldn’t have secured a better driver line-up for its first full-season GT project in five years.
“JRM Racing completed its last full Blancpain season in 2013 and coming back into GT3 racing we considered our options before making the decision to become a customer team with Bentley,” he said. “We are delighted to be part of the Bentley family and run the new Bentley Continental GT3 in British GT. In addition to the car, we are thrilled to have secured two talented championship-winning drivers in Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jnr. The experienced driver pairing puts JRM ahead of the game and we are looking forward to the season ahead.”