Broken axle relegates Morris at Queensland Raceway. A broken axle relegated Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris and team-mate Wayne Wakefield to 26th position in today's V.I.P. Petfoods Queensland 500 V8 Supercar Championship ...
Broken axle relegates Morris at Queensland Raceway.
A broken axle relegated Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris and team-mate Wayne Wakefield to 26th position in today's V.I.P. Petfoods Queensland 500 V8 Supercar Championship race.
They were in fourth position during the middle stages of the event at Queensland Raceway before the rear axle broke on the Commodore. Wakefield, who was driving at the time, was able to return to the pits for the axle to be replaced.
The team dropped 22 laps on the leaders before being able to resume racing, which put them out of contention for a top 10 result. Morris drove and opening and closing stints and said the Commodore was competitive after the axle was replaced.
David Besnard and Simon Wills won the ninth round of the championship over 161 laps in a Caltex-Havoline Ford Falcon in a time of 3-hrs 38-mins 4.282-secs. They were followed by Steven Richards and Russell Ingall in a Castrol Perkins Holden Commodore. Mark Skaife remains championship leader, despite being forced out of the 500km endurance event because of engine problems with the Holden Racing Team Commodore he drove with Jason Bright.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "It's been another tough weekend. On Friday we were third fastest in practice and looking good. It's unfortunate the car was damaged in the second practice. We thought we'd fixed it up, but for some reason we never got the set-up working as well after that, despite trying many changes. In my first race stint the left rear tyre was overheating and I couldn't put the power down the way I wanted to. I adjusted the brake bias to keep the pressure off it. We were able to make the car more driveable, and then we jumped up some positions by making a pit-stop when the Safety Car came out."
WAYNE WAKEFIELD QUOTES: "The axle broke on the left-hand side when I was coming onto the front straight. The car pulled hard under acceleration, and I took a short-cut back to the pits. The car had been fine up until then and there was no warning."