Morris escapes with minimal damage in crash Gold Coast driver Paul Morris escaped injury and his Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore suffered only minimal damage in a spectacular crash in the fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Barbagallo...
Morris escapes with minimal damage in crash
Gold Coast driver Paul Morris escaped injury and his Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore suffered only minimal damage in a spectacular crash in the fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth today.
Morris lost control of his VY Commodore in the second of three 42-lap races as he approached the right-hand corner entering the start-finish straight. The car sped into a sand-trap on the outside of the circuit, then lurched onto two wheels, and at one stage seemed likely to flip. However, it dropped back onto four wheels.
The incident, which occurred on lap 35, put Morris out of the race. Later he said the crash was caused by a combination of a broken sway-bar link and delamination of a tyre caused by it rubbing on a guard. He believes the problems may have been caused by contact with the Valvoline Commodore of Jamie Whincup earlier in the race.
Morris' team repaired the Commodore in time for him to compete in the third and final race. He started 29th on the grid in the 32-car field, and improved to 20th by the finish.
The 35-year-old, who had finished 18th in yesterday's first race in the round, scored a total of 60 points at Barbagallo Raceway. He boosted his championship tally to 375 points, and improved from 19th to 18th in the 13-round series.
Marcos Ambrose won the round on the abrasive 2.4km circuit in a Pirtek Ford Falcon. Team Brock Commodore driver Jason Bright retained the championship lead with 851 points, Steven Richards is second on 834 in a Castrol Perkins Commodore, and Ambrose third on 783.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "The crash happened when the tyre delaminated as I was coming into the braking area. It had been rubbing on a guard. We also found out later the sway-bar link had broken. When I hit the sand the car pitched and went up on two wheels -- anything could have happened next, but luckily it fell back on four wheels. It probably looked worse than it really was. It's possible all the problems went back to when (Jamie) Whincup and I hit. My team did a great job getting the car fixed up for the last race. On the first lap (Craig) Lowndes tried to go around the outside and we hit. It bent the steering on my car and after that it was a struggle. I was happy to get up to 20th by the finish because I was in big trouble trying to get the car to turn left going up the top of the hill. This weekend we had good car speed, probably good enough to be close to the top five, but it didn't show in our results."