Morris 7th fastest Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris emerged a creditable seventh fastest in today's opening practice session in preparation for the fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth...
Morris 7th fastest
Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris emerged a creditable seventh fastest in today's opening practice session in preparation for the fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth this weekend.
The 35-year-old Gold Coast driver clocked a best lap time of 59.276-secs around the slippery and abrasive 2.4km circuit in his VY Commodore. He set the time on his 18th of 21 laps during the session, using the Dunlop control tyres he raced on in the previous round at Winton in Victoria on May 25.
Morris, who qualified third in the championship round at Barbagallo two years ago, had intended to evaluate fresh tyres on his car in the final stages of the session, but was thwarted by a series of 'red flag' periods. His best lap was 0.425-secs slower than the quickest driver in the session, Steven Richards, driving a Castrol Perkins Commodore.
The Barbagallo round comprises three 100km races, the first of them tomorrow, and the remaining two on Sunday. Before tomorrow's first race there will be another practice session, followed by qualifying and a Top 10 Shoot Out.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "We expected the track to be slippery, and it is. The track conditions aren't easy, but it's the same for everyone and at this stage we seen to be competitive. My biggest problem today was all the 'red flags'. I think there were about five or six of them. That made it hard to put some laps together, which you need to do here to find the optimum car set-up. The car was quick straight off, just like the last few races, and this shows our baseline settings are close to the mark. We wanted to throw some 'new' tyres on at the end of the session to see how the car would go, but then another 'red flag' came out. We'll make some changes to the car, and tomorrow put fresh rubber on for practice and see what difference it makes. The game plan tomorrow is to keep improving our car speed and try to get into the (Top 10) Shoot Out. With three sprint races this weekend qualifying is really important because you want to be as far up the grid as you can get." <pre> RESULTS -- PRACTICE: POS DRIVERS CAR TIME 1. Steven Richards Castrol Perkins Holden Commodore 58:851 2. Russell Ingall Caltex Havoline Ford Falcon 58:856 3. Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Commodore 59:051 4. Garth Tander Valvoline Holden Commodore 59:165 5. Todd Kelly Holden Racing Team Commodore 59:227 6. Max Wilson Shell Helix Ford Falcon 59:249 7. Paul Morris Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore 59:276 8. Marcos Ambrose Pirtek Ford Falcon 59:281 9. Cameron McConville Lansvale Holden Commodore 59:330 10. Greg Murphy Kmart Holden Commodore 59:380