Morris forced out by power steering problem.
A power steering problem forced Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris to withdraw from today's feature second race in the 13th and final round of the 2002 V8 Supercar Championship at Sandown in Melbourne.
Morris retired after completing 22 laps of the 96-lap Betta Electrical V8 Ultimate event. He had finished 27th in yesterday's opening race over 48 laps around the 3.1km circuit.
On Friday the 34-year-old from Queensland's Gold Coast was 11th fastest in the opening practice session, 12th in the second practice, before qualifying 30th with a lap time of 1-min 12.192-secs.
Morris was hampered in the first race at Sandown by a delay during the compulsory pit-stop, and bent steering after contact with the Holden Young Lions Commodore of Rick Kelly. In the second race Morris made the first of his two mandatory pit-stops on lap six and resumed racing before being forced to stop by the power steering problem.
Marcos Ambrose won both races in a Pirtek Ford Falcon. Mark Skaife, fifth in race one at Sandown and second in race two, won the championship title for the Holden Racing Team with a points tally of 2,227. Kmart Commodore driver Greg Murphy was second on 1,569, and Ambrose third on 1,498.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "In the first couple of (practice) sessions we were competitive, but then we had problems with various things. It's disappointing because we've had a tough season and I wanted to finish with some good results. The first race started quite well, then we had the coming together with Rick (Kelly), which bent the steering, and our pit-stop wasn't quick enough. The car felt good in the second race. We came in early for the pit-stop in case a Safety Car came out and things were looking good until a power steering line fractured. Next season we'll be running a VY (Holden) Commodore which is being built at our workshop. Hopefully it's going to be a better season."