The final round of the Australian GT Championships at Highlands Motorsport Park delivered mixed results for Morgan.
The qualifying sessions saw the 22 year old finish a strong 4th in Q1, but was off the pace on a hot track in Q2 which placed him in 9th position. The joint times and track position put Morgan into 8th place for Race 1 on Saturday morning.
Morgan started strongly in the Mercedes SLS and his starting position meant that his penalty pit stop was favourable, but as the race progressed, the lap times were evident of an issue in the car as Morgan was unable to keep pace. Morgan ran wide into the gravel with 6 laps to go and eventuated in his retirement from the race on lap 29 of 34. Upon inspection in the pits, the #28 Erebus Motorsport SLS revealed to have a disc brake rotor failure, an unusual component failure, but a relatively easy fix.
With a DNF in Race 1, Morgan would start on the back row of the grid in Race 2, but he is renowned for being competitive in the chase. After the first lap Morgan had passed 5 cars and into the 3rd lap he was sitting just outside the top 10, but with an hour long race ahead of him, it was about consistency and staying in touch.
Flying under the radar with all eyes on the Ferrari’s and Audi’s, Morgan continued to make headway and after his compulsory pit stop, he rejoined in prime position for a podium finish. With most of the field yet to pit, Morgan continued to put in faultless and quick laps and once the front runners – the McLaren and Ferrari – rejoined the race, Haber had put himself well ahead and was leading the race. With undeniable pace that couldn’t be matched, Morgan crossed the finish line for his first win in the Australian GT Championships.
The Erebus Motorsport Team were on hand in pit lane to congratulate Haber for what was an incredible drive.
“I’m glad to have put the car on top of the podium for the team – we had a tough start to the year and it was a great way to end the year with a win in the last round of 2015″, commented Morgan.
“Starting from the back row of the grid I knew I had a lot of work to do, but I had confidence that the guys had the car ready to go and I knew we had the pace to push the guys at the front. We had a race strategy and it worked well for us and we came home with the win – I couldn’t have been happier”, said Morgan.
The Australian GT Championships will begin at Clipsal in 2016 on March 3rd.
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