Morris 20th in V8 Supercar race comeback. Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris finished a solid 20th at the Hidden Valley circuit in Darwin today in his comeback race in this year's V8 Supercar Championship. The 20-lap event was...
Morris 20th in V8 Supercar race comeback.
Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris finished a solid 20th at the Hidden Valley circuit in Darwin today in his comeback race in this year's V8 Supercar Championship.
The 20-lap event was Morris' first appearance in a championship race since the series opener in Adelaide during March, after he was eliminated in pre-qualifying at the following two rounds in April at Phillip Island in Victoria and Eastern Creek in NSW.
Morris qualified 26th for the first of the three races in round four of the championship at Hidden Valley. The 34-year-old from the Gold Coast, who had been suffering from a mystery virus earlier this week, gradually improved his position during the race, which was held in warm conditions.
He spent most of the race locked in a four-man dice with Steve Ellery (Super Cheap Auto Ford Falcon), Max Wilson (Betta Electrical Ford Falcon), and Larry Perkins (Castrol Holden Commodore).
Morris finished the race 35.044-secs behind winner Jason Bright, who completed the event in 23-mins 21.464-secs in a Holden Racing Team Commodore. Bright was followed by team-mate and championship leader Mark Skaife, and Marcus Ambrose in a Pirtek Ford Falcon.
The Hidden Valley round will be completed with two 100km races tomorrow.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "It's almost two months since we actually did a race so it was good to get out there again and go 'nose to tail' with them. Practice and qualifying went quite well, and we were able to improve our lap times by more than a second-and-a-half by changing the front and rear springs and making some other adjustments with the set-up. In the race I made a good start and then got into 'the chain' with Ellery, Wilson, and Perkins. It was pleasing to be able to run the same pace as the others considering we haven't had as much track-time this season. We know we can keep making the car quicker, so hopefully we can finish both races tomorrow to get more data and information, and enough points to make the next race in Canberra."
<pre> RESULTS - RACE 1 (20 Laps): POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1. Jason Bright Holden Racing Team Commodore 23:21.464 2. Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Commodore 23:22.929 3. Marcus Ambrose Pirtek Ford Falcon 23:24.373 4. Greg Murphy Kmart Holden Commodore 23:28.502 5. Todd Kelly Kmart Holden Commodore 23:31.410 6. Craig Lowndes 00 Motorsport Ford Falcon 23:32.060 7. Steven Richards Castrol Perkins Holden Commodore 23:36.205 8. John Bowe Ozemail Ford Falcon 23:38.328 9. David Besnard Caltex Havoline Ford Falcon 23:38.640 10. Glenn Seton Ford Credit Falcon 23:39.244 OTHER: 20. Paul Morris Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore 23:56.508
FASTEST LAP: Bright 1-min 9.096-secs
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after race 1, round 4): Skaife 884, Murphy 484, Ambrose 449, Lowndes 403, Kelly 376, Tander 346, Richards 324, Bright 299, Johnson 252, Longhurst 231. Other: Morris 29