Seb Morris’ British GT title challenge is over after more bad luck in Belgium.

No Bubbles For Morris After Disappointing Spa Treatment

By Paul Evans

The bad luck that has impeded Seb Morris in this year’s British GT Championship continued at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on Sunday, when two penalties and a tyre blow-out on his Bentley Continental GT3 ruined any hopes of a champagne-spraying podium finish.

With his JRM team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr having to serve a stop/go penalty early in the 120-minute race following contact with a Lamborghini, a second penalty had to be served during hour two after officials deemed the mid-race pit-stop to have been fractionally too short.

Incredibly, a puncture with around 20 minutes to run added real insult to injury and necessitated a third unscheduled stop. Wrexham-born Morris eventually went on to take the chequered flag in an exasperating 12th position.

“We qualified out of place and everything went wrong from there really,” said 23-year old Morris. “Rick got into a tangle on the first lap, which gave us the first penalty, and then we were a fraction of a second too fast in the pit-stop. When I had the blow-out, it just rubbed salt in the wound.

“In terms of my performance I was happy, after all of the penalties and issues there was no chance of a result so I just used the race as a test session really ahead of the 24 hour race next weekend. I can’t wait for that, racing as a factory driver with Bentley is the biggest opportunity of my career so far. From the point of view of British GT, though, I just hope we can have some better luck soon.”

The result drops the 2017 British GT title champion down to 10th in both the overall and Pro-Am standings.

Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent will host the penultimate round of the British GT season two weeks from now on Sunday 4 August. In the meantime, Morris will remain at Spa-Francorchamps for the fourth round of the Blancpain Endurance Cup – the prestigious Total 24 Hours of Spa, which takes place on Saturday. Marking his maiden race as an official ‘works’ driver for Bentley, the Welshman joins the M-Sport team to partner Rodrigo Baptista and Callum MacLeod in the No.109 Bentley Continental GT3.

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