Some good things are happening in 2020. Just ask brain tumour survivor Jeff Morton who overcame an intensive removal and treatment process, involving surgery, radiation and chemotherapy and has now gone on to claim a very coveted title.
Having overcome the ordeal 2010, he then set about regaining his road license (which he was told wouldn’t be possible) and followed that determined to get back his CAMS racing license by competing in as many events possible.
Eventually getting his competition license, he sets his sights on higher profile rallies such as Targa Tasmania. In order to be higher up the pecking order, he needed to drive a monster, something Bathurst worthy. No, not that monster but a different one with a fearsome reputation. Enter the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
GWR Australia prepared the car and they find immediate success. They also found Covid wreaking havoc throughout the world putting an end to most events.
But there was one event that was still going ahead: Challenge Bathurst. It’s here where Morton broke the record, a 2:14.2 time eclipsing Bernd Schneider’s previous bet of 2:16.5 set in 2017 aboard a Mercedes-AMG GT R.
“There are professional drivers who have set lap records at famous circuits all over the world, and here I am, an amateur driver with very limited circuit experience, setting the production car record at a place of the stature of Mount Panorama – I can’t quite believe it,” said Morton.
“To go more than two seconds faster than the previous record says a huge amount for the 911 GT2 RS. I drove with all of the assists turned on to achieve the record and the car did it comfortably.”
I’m waiting for Gran Turismo 7 to roll around on the new Playstation so I can have a crack at Jeff’s record…from the comfort of my couch!