Morriss Secures GT-1 Title in Thrilling Winton Decider
Porsche 911 GT3-R racer John Morriss has clinched the 2019 GT-1 Australia title, after a pair of dramatic 50-minute races at Winton Motor Raceway.
Morriss and his title rival Matt Stoupas battled for the lead in the early laps of Race 2, but fell down the order after the compulsory pit-stop cycle, due to having longer handicap pit-stop times than their rivals.
While battling back through the field, Stoupas made contact with the MARC II entry of Geoff Taunton at Turn 1, causing both cars to spin off the circuit. Taunton retired from the race, and while Stoupas was able to limp to the line in ninth position after another pit-lane visit to change a deflated tyre, he lost substantial ground in the points to Morriss, who finished third behind Hadrian Morrall (MARC I car) and Adam Hargraves (MARC II).
A shorter pit-stop time put Stoupas in the prime position to win Race 3 and he duly delivered, but second place for Morriss was enough for the Porsche racer to secure the championship.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this season, it’s been fantastic,” an emotional Morriss said.
“I lost my daughter last year so it’s been a tough time for me and my family, but coming and racing with such a great bunch of guys has been my therapy.”
MARC I driver Jake Camilleri finished third for the round.