Ed Morris – 17 & Heading To Le Mans
The news that Frank Hahn’s G-Force team has a Le Mans entry
for its Courage C65 means that the youngest ever Englishman to race
at Le Mans will be on the grid in June – Ed Morris.
His 18th birthday
will be on May 2, so Ed just misses out on the ‘youngest ever
driver at Le Mans’ title – by three days, to Gunnar
Jeannette, whose birthday is May 5, and who made his debut in 2000
(the race dates are/were June 17-18 for both 2000 and 2006). Unfortunately,
Mrs. Morris couldn't 'hang on to Ed' for three more days.
all signed and sealed,” says Ed’s father Graham, a former
GT racer himself of course. “Ed will be doing the whole Le
Mans Series, plus Le Mans, with Frank and Jean-Francois Leroch.”
Morris the younger had to prove himself in an LMP2
car of course, and he did that at Zolder in November – a cold,
sleety Zolder, where “he drove very sensibly, he didn’t
put a foot wrong. The other drivers were staggered at how well he
coped with a new car, in those conditions.”
The young man
is taking a year off school to give himself time to prepare for
his racing, but is doing some work in his father’s dental
laboratory, and in an architect’s office. His next outing
in the Courage C65 will be at Paul Ricard at the end of March.
Meanwhile, Graham Morris has acquired a Lotus Esprit,
one with a certain Le Mans ‘history’: it’s the
car that Andrew Bramley had hoped to race at Le Mans in 1998, but
which was turned away by the scrutineers.
Gunnar Jeannette finished sixth in class on his Le Mans debut, and
followed that with second in class a year later.
Here's the G-Force
team at Le Mans last year, at the beginning of an eventful week