Morris qualifies 11th for Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000. Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris will start from 11th position in tomorrow's Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar Championship race. The 33-year-old from the...
Morris qualifies 11th for Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000.
Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris will start from 11th position in tomorrow's Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar Championship race.
The 33-year-old from the Gold Coast, who is driving at Bathurst with Brisbane's Wayne Wakefield, secured a place on the sixth row of the grid by emerging 11th fastest in today's Top 15 Shoot Out. He clocked a time of 2-mins 10.561-secs in the one-lap dash around the 6.2km Mount Panorama circuit.
Morris' time was 0.412-secs slower than his best lap in yesterday's qualifying session, when he was 14th quickest.
Championship leader Mark Skaife won pole position when he recorded the best lap in the Shoot Out with a time of 2-mins 8.827-secs in the Holden Racing Team Commodore he is driving with Jim Richards. OzEmail Ford Falcon driver John Bowe, who is driving with Brad Jones, claimed the other front-row starting position for the 161-lap race when he finished second in the Shoot Out.
Ford Credit Falcon driver Glenn Seton failed to record a time in the Shoot Out after an oil line failure on his Ford Credit Falcon. Oil was deposited on the circuit. Morris had completed his lap in the Shoot Out before Seton had his problem.
Morris' best previous result in nine starts in 1,000km races at Bathurst was finishing third with Skaife in 1999. Morris was 12th in the event at Mount Panorama in 2001. Wakefield has made three previous starts in the Bathurst 1000.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "We were a little slower than yesterday in terms of lap times, but we jumped three places on the grid. That's the way it goes. I guess we were lucky to get our lap done before the oil went down, and that may have slowed some of the others. We made some changed to our car overnight. It was better in the slow turns, but more nervous in the faster corners. Over Skyline it wasn't as precise as I want it to be. I'd say we will probably go back to the set-up we ran yesterday. The race engine is going into the car and we're ready to go. Our strategy is to go with the flow of the race. We'll see what happens with Safety Cars and the weather, and make our decisions on brake pad changes and things depending on the situation at the time. As always, pit-stops are going to be very important."