Seb Morris will race in January’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona after being confirmed as the winner of a fully-funded prize drive in the 2017 staging of the American classic - having topped this year’s Sunoco Whelen Challenge.
Off the back of an outstanding maiden season in endurance racing in the British GT Championship, where he finished third overall with one win and five other podiums, as well as four pole positions in qualifying, the Chester -based racer will now go on to compete in his first ever twice-round-the-clock race.
Run by the Anglo American Oil Company, the Sunoco Whelen Challenge is a season-long contest where drivers from a selected number of Sunoco-fuelled categories are pitted against each other with their respective results equating to an average score each weekend.
Leading the Sunoco Whelen Challenge after the final round of the British GT season last month, Morris had to wait until this past weekend to see the outcome of the Radical Euro Masters where Marco Cencetti had a chance to potentially edge ahead at the top of the Challenge standings.
Now, the Welshman will now go on to make his debut at Daytona during the special ‘ROAR Before The Rolex 24’ official test days on January 6-8.
The big race itself will follow over the weekend of January 28-29 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida where Morris will compete against some of the biggest names in global motorsport.
“It was disappointing to miss out on the British GT title this year but my sights have also always been set on winning the Sunoco Whelen Challenge and racing at Daytona, so I’m very proud to have achieved that,” said the 20-year-old from Marford.
“Manufacturers and big teams like drivers to have proven themselves in big races, which is difficult for young guys like me with limited budget.
“So, racing at Daytona isn’t just about having a good time, it’s demonstrating what I can do on one of the world’s biggest sportscar stages.
“I’ll be speaking to my manager about the race as he’s competed there in the past, and I’ve also already started looking at the track and doing some sim work in preparation.
“I really must say a huge thank you to Sunoco and Whelen for offering me and other young professionals the opportunity to compete for, and win, such a coveted opportunity.
“I’m really looking forward to proving myself in endurance racing. Who knows where it might lead.”