Morris finishes frustrated 18th in race one Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris finished a frustrated 18th in today's opening race of the fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth. Morris had...
Morris finishes frustrated 18th in race one
Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris finished a frustrated 18th in today's opening race of the fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth.
Morris had been seventh fastest in yesterday's first practice session in his VY Commodore, and was fourth quickest in today's second practice session. After practice he had high hopes of qualifying in the top 10 and challenging for a position among the leaders in the 42-lap race.
However, Morris' bid for a top 10 grid position evaporated when the Team Brock Holden Commodore of Paul Weel dumped oil on the track during qualifying. At the time of the incident Morris was on his fastest qualifying lap, but he had to slow because of the oil and slippery track conditions.
Morris drove only eight laps in qualifying, and he finished with a grid position of 29th in the 32-car field. Despite a lowly starting position, the 35-year-old Gold Coast driver steadily improved his position in the race and had gained 11 places by the finish.
Kmart Commodore driver Greg Murphy won the race on the 2.4km circuit in 42-mins 44.564-secs, finishing 0.206-secs clear of second-placed Mark Skaife in a Holden Racing Team Commodore. Jason Bright retained the championship lead, despite finishing 12th in a Team Brock Commodore. The round at Barbagallo Raceway will be completed with two 100km races tomorrow.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "Things were looking really good until the oil problem in qualifying. Basically it ruined our day. I was on my 'hot' lap when it happened. The oil covered about half the track so there was no way I could improve my (lap) time. It meant we had to start near the back of the grid, and being a sprint race there's not much you can do except try and pick up as many places as you can. My car had much better grip after the pit-stop and I was able to pass about 10 cars all up. Tomorrow we'll be starting mid-field and our aim will be to keep working our way forward. The car feels really good this weekend so it's disappointing we didn't get the chance to give it our best shot in qualifying and see if we could run with the front group in the race. Hopefully we will get the chance tomorrow."