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Marford’s Seb Morris set to compete in the British GT Championship

PUBLISHED: 14:58 14 April 2016

20-year-old racing driver Seb Morris, who will compete in the British GT Championship

20-year-old racing driver Seb Morris, who will compete in the British GT Championship

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Young racing driver Seb Morris is hoping to set the pace in the British GT Championship which gets underway this month , writes Paul Mackenzie

The 190mph Bentley that Seb will be driving this seasonThe 190mph Bentley that Seb will be driving this season

Former King’s School pupil Seb Morris is on a fast track to success, but he won’t be following in Lewis Hamilton’s tyre tracks. The 20-year-old has decided against a career in the money-laden world of Formula One and is revving up for a place on the Le Mans grid.

Seb’s career behind the wheel got off to a flying start but his family weren’t surprised – he had a passion for cars since before he could walk.

‘I don’t know where the love of motorsport and cars came from but it was always there,’ he said. ‘I’ve always loved anything with four wheels. I was a fan of cars before I could walk. As a small child being pushed round a supermarket I’d scream for toy cars if I saw any and my passion grew and developed as I got older.’

He made his race debut in go-karts as a nine-year-old and although it wasn’t a winning start, he had no doubt the victories would come. ‘I got lapped twice and crashed into but I won the championship the next year. I loved the thrill of the speed. It was only about 30mph but it felt amazing at that age. I was up against 12-year-olds but I knew I wasn’t going to give up. I thought from day one that I wanted to be doing this full-time. Somewhere deep down I knew I was good enough.’ He certainly was.

Seb, who lives in Marford, near Wrexham, won three championships in one year in 2008 and progressed from Ginetta Juniors, Formula Renault and Formula Four.

‘At school, a lot of my friends were playing rugby or football or hockey and they might come in with a medal they’d won, but I’d be going in after most weekends with a trophy half as big as me,’ he said. ‘None of them understood how hard it was physically, but it takes up most of my life.’

This season he will compete in the British GT Championship where he will drive a 190mph Bentley on the Crewe-based manufacturer’s return to British GT for the first time since 2014. Last year he raced in the GP3 Series on the FIA Formula One World Championship support package but the ever-rising cost of a planned career path in single-seaters led Seb and his management team to pursue other options for 2016.

‘I have made the conscious switch to not aim for Formula One because it’s an unrealistic goal. It’s all geared more to money than talent and I wouldn’t be able to compete financially. If I can drive racing cars for a living and end up at Le Mans, that would be a dream come true.

‘Races last year were about half an hour, this year they’ll be up to three hours and we’ll be fighting for hundredths of a second. The car is obviously very different and there are two drivers – a professional and an amateur. The amateur with me is Rick Parfitt, the son of Rick Parfitt from Status Quo and we’ll each drive about half of each race. That carries on all the way through to Le Mans.

‘Rick is very good. We’re a new team and hopefully we’ll be the dark horses, but I’m expecting to win the championship. Bentley want to win, Rick and I want to win and we’re all working hard to make that happen.’

Seb – whose mum, Victoria, runs Venu in Abersoch, a restaurant and nightclub where Seb sometimes works – has joined Team Parker Racing, one of the UK’s most successful motorsport teams which is headed by ex-racer Stuart Parker.

Stuart said: ‘We’ve watched Seb all the way from winning his first championships in Ginetta Junior through to GP3 last year and he’s exactly the kind of driver we want in our British GT team. He’s young, fast and wants to make a career in GT Racing.’

Seb will make his GT Championship bow at Brand’s Hatch this month and the high speed roadshow will roar into Oulton Park on May 28, 29 and 30.

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