Canberra: Paul Morris Saturday summary

Morris to start on third row of reverse grid. Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris will start on the third row of the reverse grid for tomorrow's second race in the Stegbar Canberra 400 V8 Supercar Championship round. Morris was...

Morris to start on third row of reverse grid.

Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris will start on the third row of the reverse grid for tomorrow's second race in the Stegbar Canberra 400 V8 Supercar Championship round.

Morris was designated a second row position after finishing 25th in today's opening race of the fifth round of the championship on the 3.9km Canberra street circuit. He completed the 25-lap race, held in fine conditions on a dry track, one lap behind race winner and championship leader Mark Skaife in a Holden Racing Team Commodore.

After qualifying 30th, Morris improved to 23rd position on the opening lap of the race debut of his new VX Commodore. The 34-year-old from Queensland's Gold Coast held second place at one stage before making his compulsory pit-stop on lap eight. He resumed racing in 21st place and moved inside the top 20 before a brake problem forced him to drive off the track. He made another pit-stop and dropped back to 25th at the finish.

The Canberra round will be completed with a third race over 50 laps tomorrow.

PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "The car felt better in the race than in qualifying. We were certainly more competitive to the others in race-trim, which was encouraging for the future with the new car. I made a good start, the team did an excellent pit-stop. Unfortunately I started having some brake fade and it got worse as the race went on, especially when I was in front of Brad (Jones). He kept catching me at certain parts of the track. The car was quick coming onto the straight, but I couldn't keep on the throttle through the fast stuff - after five laps on the tyre there was a lot of oversteer. My back was sore, but that's nothing new. Tomorrow I'll try and get another quick start and if we keep it together and the car stays consistent then we can do well. It's going to be good starting near the front again. I haven't been up there for a while. I'd rather be there by qualifying better, rather than a reverse grid, but hopefully I can make the most of it."

-www.paulmorris.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Skaife , Paul Morris
Teams Holden Racing Team