Morris' mighty battle. In the first round of the Porsche Open Series at Donington Park this weekend, Peter Morris took on the talented competition and battled to take a tremendous 2nd place. Morris qualified his Team GVR backed 993 RSR in 5th...
Morris' mighty battle.
In the first round of the Porsche Open Series at Donington Park this weekend, Peter Morris took on the talented competition and battled to take a tremendous 2nd place.
Morris qualified his Team GVR backed 993 RSR in 5th place in the foggy conditions, starting behind the mighty Porsche 935 of Richard Chamberlain and the Porsche GT3's of Phil Hindley, Nigel Vaulkhard and Nick James.
The 18 lap race started in lovely sunny conditions with Richard Chamberlain and Phil Hindley romping off from the starting line, with Nick James (996 GT3) in pursuit, leaving an almighty 5 car battle for 4th between Brian Robinson (930), Kevin Harrison (GT3), Peter Morris (993 RSR), Neil Gatt (911 GT2) and Nigel Vaulkhard (GT3).
Morris pushed hard and Harrison dropped out of contention when he almost spun into the pit lane wall on the exit of the Chicane and he ended up taking an evasive route down the pit lane. Morris then took Robinson on lap 9 with an impressive maneuver around the outside at McLeans. He then took up chase for James, who was 6 seconds ahead and in 2nd place after the lead car of Chamberlain dropped out in lap 7.
Morris took up to 2 seconds a lap out of James' lead and then continued to push hard on his tail for the position. On the penultimate lap James lost control of his car through Coppice and slid into the gravel, leaving Morris to take a well deserved 2nd place to Hindleys win.
An absolutely ecstatic Peter Morris comments after the race: "I have to admit I was nervous before my first race in the 993, but once I got out there it was fantastic. That was an awesome race!"
Gordon Wardle, Team Manager comments: "Pete's not had a lot of time in the car and it's a real beast compared to the 964 RS he drove last season. But he proved he's got what it takes to stay on the podium, even with the stiff competition out there today".
The team are now looking forward to the next Porsche Open outing at Rockingham on Sunday 13th April.