Morris lapped under Safety Car conditions. Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris was lapped during a pit-stop under Safety Car conditions and finished 20th in today's second and final race in the opening round of the V8 Supercar ...
Morris lapped under Safety Car conditions.
Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris was lapped during a pit-stop under Safety Car conditions and finished 20th in today's second and final race in the opening round of the V8 Supercar Championship, the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
Morris held 10th position at one stage in the opening phase of the 78-lap race, and eventually finished a lap behind the leading 19 cars.
The 35-year-old was lapped when he made his second pit-stop on lap 38 to change tyres on his VY Commodore immediately after the Safety Car became operational when the OzEmail Ford Falcon of John Bowe stopped on the track.
Unfortunately for Morris, the Safety Car directed the cars on the circuit to continue at speed for another lap, which meant he fell a lap behind the leaders before he resumed driving.
Morris fell back to 26th position after being lapped during the pit-stop. His result in the race followed finishing 27th in yesterday's opening race over 78 laps. He scored a total of 57 points in the round.
Holden Racing Team driver Mark Skaife, the defending series champion, scored most points in Adelaide after finishing second in yesterday's first race, and winning today's event. He scored 189 points and leads from Castrol Perkins Holden Commodore driver Steven Richards on 180.
Morris' VY Commodore was rebuilt before the Adelaide round after suffering $100,000 damage in a crash on March 9 during a V8 Supercar support event at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "Being lapped was disappointing. They 'scrambled' the Safety Car, but then didn't let it out. It's always a tough call in these situations. If things had gone our way we might have improved five or six positions, but in this instance we went a lap down. In my first stint we started on the same tyres we'd used yesterday so the car was sliding around quite a lot. It was better after we fitted another set of newer tyres -- I adjusted the sway bars and got a better balance with the car. Looking at the 'big picture', the most positive thing for us this weekend is we finished 500km with a new car that had been virtually rebuilt from the ground up. Our team did a very job with the repair work, and importantly we've collected a lot of data that's going to help us for the rest of the year."