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Morris returns to GT

Morris returns to GT

by Thomas Miles

Paul Morris will join Scott Taylor in the GT World Challenge Australia after driving an Australian race car in Townsville.

The duo will compete in the GT Trophy Class Porsche 997 GT3R at the third round of the season at Queensland Raceway from August 2-4.

Taylor is no stranger to the car, having competed in the final two rounds of the 2022 GT World Challenge Australia season.

He also achieved success at Queensland Raceway, taking first place in the GT Trophy class and a podium finish in Adelaide.

The 2014 Bathurst 1000 winner is fresh off the excitement of competing in Australian Racing Cars last weekend, but has plenty of experience in GT alongside his Supercars/Touring career.

His sportscar career includes the Bathurst 24 Hour, where he raced for both Ferrari and Porsche. Driving the latter in 2003, he finished third behind the iconic 1-2 of Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Monaros.

Morris also participated in the Sandown 500 GT race in 2001 with a Ferrari 360, finishing third and fourth respectively.

The GT experience also spread abroad with the Daytona 24 in 2017.

“I’ve driven this car before at Queensland Raceway and it was a beautiful car,” Morris said.

“When he asked me if I wanted to do it, I jumped at the opportunity. I didn’t hesitate at all.

“Scott’s Porsche feels really good. It’s very aerodynamic, has plenty of power, big tyres. It’s got everything you want.

“Because of my age, I now have the bronze medal, so it will be good to participate and try my luck.”

Taylor can’t wait to drive his beloved Porsche.

“I love this Porsche,” Taylor said.

“It’s got a lot of mechanical grip, it’s old school, it’s loud, it’s got everything, but I can feel that car 10 times more than I could in any new aero model.

“The GT category is on the rise. It would be fair to say GTs were less favourable for a few years, but in recent years they have had bigger grids and it’s great to see the community coming back and getting involved in the class.

“It’s great to see all the different makes and models competing in GT.

“The way the category is presented has really improved. It’s done so much better in its current format and everyone is enjoying it.

“I love GT racing.”

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