Morris battles spoiler & oil problems. Gold Coast driver Paul Morris battled front spoiler and oil problems to finish 27th in today's opening race of round one in the 2003 V8 Supercar Championship motor racing series in Adelaide. The...
Morris battles spoiler & oil problems.
Gold Coast driver Paul Morris battled front spoiler and oil problems to finish 27th in today's opening race of round one in the 2003 V8 Supercar Championship motor racing series in Adelaide.
The 35-year-old was delayed by two lengthy pit-stops and finished five laps behind race winner Marcos Ambrose, driving a Pirtek Ford Falcon. Ambrose completed the 78-lap race in 1-hr 55-mins 6.948-secs, finishing ahead of defending champion Mark Skaife in a Holden Racing Team Commodore.
Morris, who qualified 17th in his VY Commodore, was 15th on lap 15 when he made the first of his two compulsory pit-stops. The pit-stop included a tyre change, but went longer than planned because repairs were required to the front spoiler which had been damaged on the opening lap.
After resuming in 27th position, the oil catch-tank in Morris' car began to overflow. The oil had to be cleaned when Morris made his second pit-stop on lap 32. This caused further delays in a stop than had originally been planned for refuelling only.
Morris' car went into the race freshly repaired after suffering $100,000 damage in a crash during the third and final V8 Supercar support event at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 9. The second of race on the 3.2km Adelaide street circuit will be held tomorrow.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "I ran wide and went over a kerb in the first chicane on the opening lap. It damaged the front spoiler which came loose. This affected the alignment of the front spoiler and radiator duct, so the air flow into the radiator wasn't fully efficient. When we came in for our first pit-stop we taped the 'bumper' up the best we could, but is wasn't right. At the second pit-stop we had to clean up the oil which had overflown inside the car. This cost us more time. We didn't get the result we wanted today, but at the same time it was satisfying to finish after all the hard work my team put in fixing the car up after the grand prix. Apart from the problems with the spoiler and the oil our race speed was pretty good today. This is the first time we've run more than 10 laps at once in the new VY so we collected some valuable data. As far as tomorrow is concerned we have to improve the baffle system of the oil tank breather, and we need stronger mounting for the front spoiler."