Morris charges into top 10 at Winton Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris today continued his rapid improvement in this year's V8 Supercar Championship when he finished ninth fastest in the opening practice session for the ...
Morris charges into top 10 at Winton
Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris today continued his rapid improvement in this year's V8 Supercar Championship when he finished ninth fastest in the opening practice session for the fourth round of the series at Winton Raceway in Victoria on Sunday.
The 35-year-old from the Gold Coast clocked a best lap time of 1-min 24.392-secs around the 3km track in his VY Commodore. He set the time on his 30th of 31 laps driven in the session and finished 0.605-secs behind Paul Weel, who was quickest in a Team Brock Commodore.
Morris, who qualified second at Winton in the 2001 championship, is fresh from a season-best 10th place in the previous round of this year's series at Eastern Creek in Sydney on May 4.
Qualifying will be held tomorrow, followed by a top 10 Shoot Out. The format this Sunday is a 300km race.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "Today I used three sets of 'old' tyres from Phillip Island and Eastern Creek, and did my best time near the end of the session. The car was quick straight away. Our baseline settings now seem to be closer to the mark at all tracks, and that's made a big difference. It means we're competitive from the start of the weekend and we can work away on evaluating and fine-tuning the car. Today we made some spring changes and then played around with the 'shocks'. Tomorrow we'll be trying to improve the power-down and the mid-corner front. There won't be any big changes -- just some minor adjustments. I've usually gone quite well at Winton, but like anywhere it comes down to having the car set-up to look after the tyres for as long as you need them to. The track is slippery, especially if you go off line. That should improve as more rubber goes down over the weekend. Hopefully we can get into the 'Shoot Out' tomorrow, but Sunday is what counts. In the last couple of races we've stayed out longer than most of the others before changing tyres and it's worked well for us. But you can't be sure what will happen this weekend. You can plan your strategy, and then things might change and you might have to do something different." <pre> RESULTS -- PRACTICE: POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1. Paul Weel Team Brock Holden Commodore 1:23.786 2. Greg Murphy Kmart Holden Commodore 1:24.095 3. John Bowe OzEmail Ford Falcon 1:24.154 4. Jason Bright Team Brock Holden Commodore 1:24.186 5. Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Commodore 1:24.209 6. Steven Richards Castrol Perkins Holden Commodore 1:24.276 7. Steve Ellery Super Cheap Auto Ford Falcon 1:24.323 8. Greg Ritter 00 Motorsport Ford Falcon 1:24.385 9. Paul Morris Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore 1:24.392 10. Steve Johnson Shell Helix Ford Falcon 1:24.400