Queenslander Paul Morris will have to start his old Big Kev Holden Commodore in next month's VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 at Queensland Raceway after his brand new car was written off at Oran Park at the weekend. The car was destroyed after...
Queenslander Paul Morris will have to start his old Big Kev Holden Commodore in next month's VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 at Queensland Raceway after his brand new car was written off at Oran Park at the weekend.
The car was destroyed after Morris' co-driver for the endurance races, Matt Neal, lost control and hit the wall at the start of the main straight during qualifying for the eighth round of the Shell Championship Series.
The car, which was just a handful of laps old, was the result of hundreds of hours of work by the Gold Coast-based team, but will now be stripped and turned into scrap. A new body shell will be sourced immediately and work will begin this week on a new car, which the team is hoping to have together for the V8 1000 at Bathurst on October 4-7.
Morris is still confident of producing a big result in the VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 on August 24-26, in a four year-old car in which he won round seven of the Shell Championship Series at Calder Park in Melbourne a fortnight ago.
"Obviously it has been disappointing for everyone involved, but that's the way this sport can go sometimes," said Morris, of Saturday's accident. "We will need to re-group and start building a new car as soon as possible. "We have proven this year that our old car is capable of being very competitive and I think we go to Queensland Raceway with a real good chance."
Morris, 33, considers the VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 as one of the most important events of the year for himself and his team. "The Queensland 500 is our home race of the year and you always want to perform as well as possible in front of a home crowd," said Morris. "In edition to that, the race is worth double points and is a vital warm-up to the V8 1000 at Bathurst."
Tickets for this year's VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 can be purchased through Ticketmaster7.com or by phoning 1 300 888 086.