Driveline failure puts Morris & Faulkner out of Bathurst 1000 A driveline failure forced Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore team-mates Paul Morris and John Faulkner to make an early retirement from today's Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000 round of...
Driveline failure puts Morris & Faulkner out of Bathurst 1000
A driveline failure forced Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore team-mates Paul Morris and John Faulkner to make an early retirement from today's Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000 round of the V8 Supercar Championship.
Morris, who started the race 13th on the grid, was forced to withdraw after completing only four laps when holding 14th position. The driveline problem meant Faulkner did not have an opportunity to race in the 10th round of the series.
After the race Morris said the input shaft connecting the engine and gearbox broke and twisted off. The problem surfaced when he was driving on Conrod Straight and he was able to return to the pits. The car was then retired from the race.
Greg Murphy, who started from pole position, and Kmart Commodore team-mate Rick Kelly won the 161-lap race in a time of 6-hrs 32-mins 55.404-secs. They were followed by Craig Lowndes and Glenn Seton in a CAT Ford Falcon, and Steve Ellery and Luke Youlden in a Super Cheap Autos Falcon. Conditions were dry and fine throughout.
Marcos Ambrose, who finished sixth with Russell Ingall in a Pirtek Ford Falcon, retained the championship lead. Murphy is second. The 11th round of the championship comprises two 100km races at the Lexmark Indy event on the Gold Coast from October 24-26.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "I went to change gear and there was nothing. I knew straight away someone was wrong with the driveline, and I suspected it was the gearbox. Later we found out it was the input shaft. There was no warning something was going to happen. The car had felt good, and I had slotted into position and was staying out of trouble. Everyone in the team has put in a big effort to do well here (Bathurst) so it's frustrating to go out of the race so early. All you can do is re-group and press on. The next race is at home (V8 Supercar events at the Lexmark Indy 300) in Surfers Paradise and hopefully we can get a good result there."
JOHN FAULKNER QUOTES: "I feel more disappointed for Paul (Morris) and his team than anything else because you put in long hours to get the car to the start at Bathurst. From a person point of view I would have liked the chance to get out there and see what we could have done."