Paul Morris Eastern Creek qualifying report

Morris qualifies 11th at Eastern Creek. Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver will start from 11th position on the sixth row of the grid in tomorrow's third round of the V8 Supercar Champion motor racing series at Eastern Creek in Sydney. The...

Morris qualifies 11th at Eastern Creek.

Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver will start from 11th position on the sixth row of the grid in tomorrow's third round of the V8 Supercar Champion motor racing series at Eastern Creek in Sydney.

The 35-year-old from Queensland's Gold Coast clocked a best lap time of 1-min 32.288-secs in his VY Commodore in today's qualifying session. He set the time on his fourth of nine laps around the 3.9km circuit.

Morris finished 11th fastest in the qualifying session, and narrowly missed securing a position in the Top 10 Shoot Out later in the afternoon. He was just 0.021-secs behind John Bowe, who was 10th in an OzEmail Ford Falcon.

The qualifying time recorded by Morris was an improvement of 2.023-secs on his best lap of 1-min 34.311-secs in yesterday's first practice. He clocked a quickest lap of 1-min 33.128-secs in today's second practice session, before qualifying.

Tomorrow's round comprises a single 300km race. It is the second of five 300km races in the 13-round championship.

Pirtek Ford Falcon driver Marcos Ambrose will start from pole position after setting the fastest lap in the Top 10 Shoot Out. He will be joined on the front or by defending series champion Mark Skaife in a Holden Racing Team Commodore.

PAUL MORRIS QUOTES:

"I thought we were going to be in the Shoot Out, but (Russell) Ingall bumped us back to 11th near the end of qualifying. We made two pit-stops in the session and threw tyres at the car. I was on a quick lap after the second pit-stop, but we got held up by another car. Despite missing the top 10 I'm happy with the way the weekend has gone so far. The car is the most consistent it's been all season and we're going quicker every session. In practice yesterday we concentrated on a race set-up with the car and ran around on old tyres. This morning we worked away on improving the car with a light fuel load. Our game-plan tomorrow is to have a good car at the end of the race. Strategy is going to be important. You've got to time your pit-stops to get the best possible advantage with track position. You also have to be able to adapt quickly to things like Safety Cars, which can change the whole situation around in these 300 races. I feel we are very competitive this weekend so tomorrow should be good."

-www.paulmorris.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Mark Skaife , Paul Morris , John Bowe