British racer Stephen Morris is raring to visit the Fairest Cape next weekend - and tourism will not be on his mind. The 21-year-old former single-seater pilot will be at the Killarney circuit, driving a Class A Kaye-Eddie Racing BMW 330i in rounds 3 and 4 of the 2003 South African Production Car Championship. -
- Morris, who finished third in last year’s South African Formula Ford Championship, will contest the rest of this year’s biggest local tin-top title chase with the Kaye-Eddie team. Three weeks ago the youngster mounted the podium at AA Kyalami, after scoring a third place in his first-ever saloon car race. -
- “I was a bit lucky - some of the front-runners dropped out and another incurred a jump-start penalty, making my third placing a bonus. That did not matter - I loved every lap of it, and got quicker as the weekend wore on,” Morris said afterwards. He experienced more seat time in the Kaye-Eddie BMW this week, testing at the Pretoria Zwartkops circuit. -
- “I am getting the hang of it now, and found more than half a second around Zwartkops - purely by learning more about the car. They tell me that normally aspirated vehicles gain 17 percent power when raced at sea level, as opposed to their performance level on the Highveld. In the BMW 330i, 17 percent is a lot of grunt - I can not wait to drive it at Killarney,” Morris added. -
- His previous visit to the Western Cape circuit last year yielded an off-road excursion in the opening Formula Ford race and a storming drive through the field to fifth place in the second heat. “I shall hope to do better this time - staying on the black stuff will be a priority - and learn more about this tin-top racing business. The two-race format, with a short Sprint in the morning and a longer Feature race in the afternoon, should be a successful formula - I have seen it work extremely well overseas,” Morris added.