BRITISH GT’S MORRIS BEGINS HIS ROLEX 24 WEEKEND
Morris will get behind the wheel of the brand new Cadillac DPi over at Daytona this weekend – Photo: Jakob Ebrey
Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner Seb Morris’ Daytona 24 Hours adventure began in earnest at the International Speedway on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Welshman sampled his first competitive taste of the famed Daytona banking two weeks ago during the traditional ‘Roar’ test, and continued his preparations for this weekend’s prize drive by completing practice and qualifying sessions.
The British GT race winner, who finished third in the 2016 standings alongside Team Parker co-driver Rick Parfitt Jnr, was back behind the wheel of the #31 Whelen-sponsored, Action Express-run Cadillac DPi-V.R he’ll share with Toyota LMP1 star Mike Conway and reigning IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar champions Dane Cameron and Eric Curran.
The quartet split driving duties before the afternoon’s qualifying session in which Cameron sensationally snatched second on the grid for this Saturday’s 55th running of the Daytona 24 Hours. Just 0.070s separated the American from his pole-winning Action Express team-mate Joao Barbosa.
With the front row lockout secured, Morris duly completed the mandatory night laps required by all rookies during the evening’s final practice session.
“We couldn’t have asked for much more, really,” he said. “The team did a brilliant job to execute a perfect qualifying session and end up with both cars on the front row. Both Dane [Cameron] and Joao [Barbosa] rung their cars’ necks. I’ve had a bit of time in the car today but the focus was initially on Dane getting comfortable before qualifying. Then it was just a case of me completing the mandatory night laps ahead of Saturday’s race.
“You don’t realise just how much of a golden ticket this prize is until you get here and work with the championship-winning team and drivers.”
Just one practice session takes place today ahead of this weekend’s main event, which starts at 14:30 local time on Saturday.