The name Brett Morris is one fairly well known to fans of Midget racing as the man behind Seamount Racing, a dominant force in the early 2000’s before returning a couple of seasons ago with names like Taylor Clarke, Tracey Hines and Michael Pickens.
On 21 January, another name was added to that list, with Brett Morris Jnr. joining the F2 Midget ranks in a car the team has purchased from Adam Dobbs.
“I did two days at Patetonga when we bought the car and we ran two days at Huntly as well. Then I went over with Justin (Insley) and Taylor (Clarke) to the states and did 1000 laps in a Sprint Car and Midget over there. It was amazing, we ran at Ventura and Santa Maria, two different tracks over there,” he explains.
When Morris heard whispers his father was reviving the famous Seamount Racing team, he immediately knew he was keen to get behind the wheel and race for the team.
“I’d heard Dad was getting back into it with Taylor so I asked if I could get a quarter midget, but it wasn’t really the ideal thing because I’d only get one season out of it, not even that, plus I’m just too big so we’d have to get one custom made and all that, so we looked around for an F2.”
The opportunity was one that always was in the pipelines and the F2 class seemed like the logical place to start once the quarter midgets were ruled out.
“My dad has been running cars for a few years now so it was just a matter of time until I got into it really. When he got back into running cars, realistically I was too old and too big to get into a quarter midget, otherwise, I would’ve got into one, but F2 Midgets seems to be the class to be in to learn, so we chose that.”
With the motor racing world at his feet, was speedway always the first choice or did the world of tarmac racing ever get a look in?
“You certainly don’t turn down any chance to go racing, but I really took a shine to the dirt.”
With no physical race experience under his belt, Morris was certainly under no illusions of what he needed to achieve across the remainder of his first season.
“I just wanted to finish the races really, we were not looking for podium finishes this year, just to finish.”