Morris solves back problems in Canberra. Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris today finally found a solution to the persistent back problems which have hampered him in this year's V8 Supercar Championship. Morris was virtually ...
Morris solves back problems in Canberra.
Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris today finally found a solution to the persistent back problems which have hampered him in this year's V8 Supercar Championship.
Morris was virtually untroubled by back pain in the third and final race of the fifth round of the championship, the Stegbar Canberra 400, after a two-pack foam support was fitted inside the seat of his new VX Commodore.
Earlier, the 34-year-old from Queensland's Gold Coast drove in considerable discomfort in yesterday's opening race of the round, and in today's second race. He was also troubled by back problems in the previous rounds, especially in the series-opening Clipsal 500 in Adelaide in March.
Morris, who struggled to finish 25th in yesterday's opening race over 25-laps, started fifth on the reverse grid in today's second race over the same distance on the 3.9km Canberra street circuit. He held second position in the early stages, but made his compulsory pit-stop after a Safety Car period and slipped back, eventually finishing 23rd.
In today's final race, over 50 laps, Morris finished 24th after making four pit-stops, two of them compulsory, and the other two because of steering vibrations. During the closing laps he was forced to slow because of rising gearbox temperatures. Morris scored 40 points in the round.
Championship leader Mark Skaife maintained his 100-percent winning strike-rate in this year's series by winning the Canberra round in a Holden Racing Team Commodore. He has now won all five rounds this year.
The sixth round of the championship is at Barbagallo Raceway, West Australia, from June 28-30.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "After the second race today I was really worried about my back. I've seen plenty of doctors and specialists, and it just wasn't coming right. Every time I touched the throttle or brake I'd get pain in my back. Then we put the foam support in for the last race which was moulded around my lower back. The difference was like 'night and day'. We also adjusted the seat position and the pedals, which took the weight off my back. At the start of the last race I went slower than usual because I wasn't sure I'd be able to finish. Once I felt my back would last the distance I started to push on. We came here this weekend with the aim of finishing the three races and getting some data with the new car. I think we can start working our way forward from now on. I'm certainly a lot happier knowing my body is up to racing hard again."