Parfitt Jnr and Morris secure British GT title in gripping Donington Decider
The Team Parker Racing Bentley duo of Nottingham’s Rick Parfitt Jr and Seb Morris were crowned British GT champions at Donington Park after an enthralling two hour contest in front of a bumper crowd.
Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini pairing Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen were the only squad capable of denying the Bentley boys the crown, but could only finish a place above them in the race, before being excluded from the results for overtaking under a yellow flag.
There was drama right from the start, with the Lamborghini duo running ahead of the Bentley, and set to benefit further with a 20 second success penalty due to be served by the Morris/Parfitt car as a result of their win at the previous round. But the Lamborghini advantage was wiped out on just the second lap when Minshaw lost the rear end of the Huracan at the Fogarty Esses, and spun to the tail of the GT3 runners.
At this point, the Parfitt driven Bentley was behind the other Lamborghini of Liam Griffin, but an opportunistic move at the Craners gave them even more of an advantage.
Parfitt pitted from third and after serving the 20 second success penalty handed over to Morris, who rejoined in fifth place behind their Lamborghini title rivals who had climbed to third after Minshaw’s storming recovery drive. Morris passed Ben Green during the final hour to guarantee the Bentley squad the title.
In winning the title, Parfitt Jr became the first driver to ever win both the British GT3 and GT4 titles (winning the latter in 2013), and he commented: “I honestly never thought I would be in GT3, let alone be GT3 champion. This is something I will absolutely cherish for the rest of my life. It is without doubt the most competitive domestic GT series in the world. To win here, you have to be bloody good and you have to be consistent. Team Parker are a fantastic team.
"Seb [Morris] is a fantastic team-mate. Everyone jokes that we are the dream team. From my perspective I think that we are and irrespective of results, we have such a good time together and this is a combination of everything working in perfect harmony. It has been a great, great season.”
Morris added: “It’s not been a bad year! We’ve had a few wins, a few podiums, a few fastest laps and a big old pot at the end, which is always nice. Rick [Parfitt Jnr] has quite frankly driven maybe even better than me in terms of mistakes, he hasn’t made one all year. He has come on tremendously since last year, he is very chilled out when driving and Team Parker have delivered an unbelievable car. Boys, well done! We haven’t put a foot wrong, Bentley have been a massive help and have given us a fantastic car alongside M-Sport, Team Parker and all our sponsors. To win this championship you have to put every link in the chain together and I think we did that this year.”
The next event at Donington Park is the 750 Motor Club round this weekend (30 September-1 October). For more information, click here.