A variety of problems contributed to slow Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris in today's final two races of the sixth round of the V8 Supercar Championship near Darwin. Morris, forced out of yesterday's opening race with broken ...
A variety of problems contributed to slow Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris in today's final two races of the sixth round of the V8 Supercar Championship near Darwin.
Morris, forced out of yesterday's opening race with broken steering after contact with another car, started from near the rear of the grid in the first of today's two 35-lap races on the 2.9km Hidden Valley circuit.
The engine in his VY Commodore began to overheat during the race and he finished in 23rd position. Morris' Gold Coast-based team changed the engine after the race, but he had to begin the final event from pit-lane. During the race Morris encountered clutch and power steering problems, and his car developed an oil leak. This resulted in a series of pit-stops and he finished 30th.
Morris, who qualified 12th at Hidden Valley, scored 26 points in the round and improved his series tally to 401. However, he dropped from 18th to 22nd in the championship. Pirtek Ford Falcon driver Marcos Ambrose won both of today's races in a Pirtek Ford Falcon and took overall honours for the round. Team Brock Holden Commodore driver Jason Bright retained the championship lead with 1,027 points, followed by Steven Richards with 992 in a Castrol Perkins Commodore, and Ambrose on 973.
The next championship round comprises a 300km race at Queensland Raceway near Ipswich on July 20.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "We seemed to go backwards from the time the car was turned around in practice on Friday. Our qualifying result (12th) wasn't too bad, but we didn't have any luck in the races. In today's first race I started to work my way forward, but then the engine started to overheat so I had to cruise around to make the finish. We did an engine change for the second race, but then there was an oil leak, plus some other problems with the clutch and power steering. I think we must have made about six pit-stops in the last race and that meant we finished a number of laps down on the leaders. The last couple of rounds have been really disappointing because we're running at a competitive pace, but the results aren't coming. Hopefully we can change that in the next round."