power steering failure for Morris. Power steering failure ended Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris' assault on the seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Oran Park in Sydney today. Morris finished 14th in the first of...
power steering failure for Morris.
Power steering failure ended Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris' assault on the seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Oran Park in Sydney today.
Morris finished 14th in the first of the two 58-lap races, held in fine conditions, but he was forced to retire from the second event when the power steering on his Commodore expired on the opening lap.
The 34-year-old from Queensland's Gold Coast scored 20 championship points for his result in race one, which boosted his overall series tally to 153.
Morris, who qualified 25th at Oran Park, made a swift start in the opening race and improved to 22nd by the end of the opening lap. He made the compulsory pit-stop to change tyres early in the race, but a problem changing a wheel resulted in him dropping back to 28th. Morris then put together a series of fast and consistent laps and improved 14 positions by the end of the race.
In the second race Morris made a superb start from 14th on the grid, and was seventh exiting turn one. His early charge finished later in the lap when the power steering problem forced him out.
Holden Racing Team Commodore driver Mark Skaife won both races on the 2.7km Oran Park circuit and extended his lead in this year's championship. He now leads with 1,693 points, and is followed by team-mate Jason Bright on 896, and Kmart Commodore driver Greg Murphy on 894.
The eighth round of the championship is at Winton in Victoria on August 18.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "Our race pace was much better than qualifying. That showed in the first race when we were able to move up through the field. Unfortunately we never got the chance to show what we could do in the second race because the power steering failure put us out on the first lap. It 'blew' a hose. We had made some changes with the rear roll centre and rear 'shock' after the first race and I think we would have been quicker next time out. In the first race we probably should have done better than 14th, but we lost time and six places with a delay changing a wheel in the pit-stop. Overall I felt we continued our progress getting more competitive compared to everyone else, although losing track time in the second race wasn't what we wanted. We need all the race 'miles' we can get to keep improving the car. I think we're starting to look in much better shape for the rest of the season because we've got more car speed compared to the start of the year."