Broken steering from contact with another car eliminated Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris in the early stages of today's opening race in round six of the V8 Supercar Championship at Hidden Valley in Darwin. Morris, who...
Broken steering from contact with another car eliminated Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris in the early stages of today's opening race in round six of the V8 Supercar Championship at Hidden Valley in Darwin.
Morris, who qualified 12th, improved to eighth position going into the first corner of the 17-lap race. However, he said his VY Commodore was hit from behind on the exit of the corner, and his car went off the outside of the circuit.
The 35-year-old from the Gold Coast then resumed racing in a mid-field position. Soon after there was a Safety Car period, and when the race was re-started Morris said his car made contact with the Castrol Perkins Commodore of Paul Dumbrell.
The second incident broke the steering on Morris' car and forced him to retire from the race after completing only three laps. Earlier in the day Morris had been fifth fastest in practice, and narrowly missed a position in the Top 10 Shoot Out - his best lap in qualifying was just 0.093-secs slower than Jason Bright, who claimed the 10th and final position in the Shoot Out in a Team Brock Commodore.
Today's race was won by five-times series champion Mark Skaife in a Holden Racing Team Commodore, followed by Marcos Ambrose in a Pirtek Ford Falcon. The round will be completed by two 100km races on the 2.9km Hidden Valley circuit tomorrow.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "Once again we had good car speed in practice and qualifying and things didn't go our way in the race. I made a good start and then got 'drilled' from behind coming out of the first corner. I'm not sure who hit me, but I'm going to have a look at the video. Once I gathered it up I got back on the track in about 20th and then a Safety Car came out. On the re-start it was another 'mess' at the first turn - (Paul) Dumbrell and I hit and it broke the front-right steering so that was the end of it for me. It's disappointing to come all this way and get taken out by people trying to win the race in the first corner. Tomorrow there's two more races, but it will be tough for us starting from the back of the field. We will push on and get as many points as we can. That's all you can do."