30 August 2021 | General

Lifelong association invaluable to Nash Morris

A driver making a rapid rise in the National Trans Am Series is recent podium winner Nash Morris.

Since debuting at Phillip Island, Morris has adapted quickly to the Ford Mustang Trans Am scoring a podium last time out at Sydney Motorsport Park.

He credited Trans Am rival Owen Kelly for his performances so far.

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The pair share a unique relationship, Morris has known Kelly since birth through father Paul’s long association with the driver, which started in the 2000-2001 Australian Super Touring Championship.

“I grew up watching him work for dad, so to be able to bang doors with him, that was pretty cool,” Morris described racing Kelly at Phillip Island.

“He’s been a big help to me because dad gave him his original Supercars drive, so he’s been repaying that favour and helping me out a fair bit.

“It’s pretty cool to race him, I’ve known him since I was born, actually he was the second person I ever met.

“There’s a photo somewhere of Owen and me when I was first born.”

For Morris, tapping into Kelly’s engineering and driving experience has been invaluable for the rookie in what is a dual program alongside a campaign in Super3.

“He’s pretty smart with the car and he knows about both those worlds,” Morris explained. “Owen has driven those cars in both America and here.

“He’s help with learning the tyre the most. The Hoosier is real different compared to anything I’ve raced on compared to the Super3 or an Excel or anything really, it’s got that real big slip angle that’s quite different.”

After a solid start to his season at Phillip Island, he further added to it at Bathurst before a breakthrough event at Sydney Motorsport Park where he made his maiden podium appearance before a clutch failure in the final race halted his chances of victory.

“My goal is to win,” he stated. “I try every time to go and win, I think that last race in Sydney was our best shot but the clutch failed, which was no good.”

Although his plans for next year aren’t confirmed yet, Morris signalled his intent to continue in National Trans Am.

“Of course,” he said. “If the car is there because Karl Begg of owns that car, but if I can keep him happy and he enjoys watching me race it, that would be good to keep the campaign going.

“I love racing Trans Am.”

The next round of the National Trans Am Series will be held at The Bend Motorsport Park on October 15-17.