Puncture puts Morris out of Winton race A puncture forced Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris out of today's fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Winton Raceway in Victoria. Morris was in eighth position in the 300km...
Puncture puts Morris out of Winton race
A puncture forced Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris out of today's fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Winton Raceway in Victoria.
Morris was in eighth position in the 300km race when he retired after completing 40 of the 100 laps. Immediately after the puncture, Morris' VY Commodore went straight ahead as it entered a right-hand corner and crossed a gravel trap before stopping adjacent to a trackside wall.
The 35-year-old Gold Coast driver, who qualified a season-best seventh, was 11th after the opening lap and improved up to eighth as the race wore on. For several laps he led a pack which included Paul Weel (Team Brock Commodore), Jamie Whincup (Valvoline Commodore), Simon Wills (Team Dynamik Commodore), and Craig Lowndes (CAT Ford Falcon).
Pirtek Falcon driver Marcos Ambrose won the race in 2-hrs 28-mins 50.524-secs, followed by Jason Bright in a Team Brock Commodore. Defending champion Mark Skaife was sixth in a Holden Racing Team Commodore. Ambrose clocked the fastest lap with a time of 1-min 24.043-secs around the 3km track. Morris' quickest lap was 1-min 25.073-secs. Bright leads the championship with 717 points, with Steven Richards second on 666 in a Castrol Perkins Commodore.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "There was virtually no warning with the puncture. When I turned right the car went straight on. Maybe the tyre punctured on the entry to the previous corner. It's very disappointing because up until then we had been having a good weekend and the car was competitive. I got shuffled back a few places at the start, and had to put a wheel on the grass at Turn Three on the first lap to keep out of trouble. That cost me a few positions. Once we settled into the race things were looking good. If we had kept going I'm not sure when we would have made our pit-stops for tyres and fuel. We had decided to stay out there and keep circulating, but the puncture ended our day."