Paul Morris Bathurst Friday report

A distributor sensor failure left Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris stranded outside the top 10 in today's qualifying session for the Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000 on Sunday. Morris will miss tomorrow's Top 10 Shoot Out after...

A distributor sensor failure left Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris stranded outside the top 10 in today's qualifying session for the Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000 on Sunday.

Morris will miss tomorrow's Top 10 Shoot Out after finishing 13th fastest in today's qualifying session. He clocked a best lap time of 2-mins 8.915-secs around the 6.2km Mount Panorama circuit in the VY Commodore he is sharing with John Faulkner.

The 35-year-old from the Gold Coast set his quickest qualifying time on his sixth lap when driving on 'old' tyres. At that stage he held sixth position and appeared on target to secure a start in the Shoot Out.

However, Morris car stopped on the circuit across the top of Mount Panorama on his eighth lap and he took no further part in the session. Toward the end of the session Morris was relegated to eighth, but still appeared a chance to make the Top 10 Shoot Out when rain started to fall. Then the weather cleared for the final minutes, and Morris dropped back to 13th.

Greg Murphy, quickest in yesterday's two practice sessions, was also fastest in qualifying with a lap of 2-mins 7.950-secs in a Kmart Commodore. He was followed by Mark Skaife in a Holden Racing Team Commodore, and John Bowe in a OzEmail Ford Falcon.

Earlier in the day Morris drove a total of 14 laps in the third practice session, and Faulkner drove nine laps. Faulkner clocked a best lap time of 2-mins 11.743-secs. There will be a further practice tomorrow before the Top 10 Shoot Out.

PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "The car was a 'jet' in qualifying so it's really frustrating to miss the (Top 10) Shoot Out. I did my best (lap) time on 'old' tyres, after we made a spring adjustment and that gave me the confidence to push hard. I was going to come in and put 'new' tyres on when the car stopped. It was a problem with the distributor sensor. They towed me to Skyline, and I rolled the car back to the pits. When the rain came I thought we might still sneak into the top 10, but it cleared up and we got 'bumped' back. After losing just about all of yesterday's first (practice) session it hasn't been a good lead-up. Hopefully we've used up all our bad luck."

JOHN FAULKNER QUOTES: "I did two stints in practice. The team made some changes to the car overnight and the balance seemed 50-percent better for the tyres I was on, compared to Sandown a few weeks ago. Generally the package seems a lot better for me. We've got another session tomorrow and I'll keep working my way up to it. You need laps in the car here, especially across the top of the mountain. Paul is showing a lot of commitment to do the (lap) times he's doing. We've had some problems this week, but I think we've got a good race car."

-pmr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers John Faulkner , Greg Murphy , Mark Skaife , Paul Morris , John Bowe , Bob Jane
Teams Holden Racing Team