Morris qualifies 3rd for V8 Supercar race at Oran Park. Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris today equalled his season-best qualifying result by securing third position on the grid for tomorrow's eighth round of the V8 Supercar ...
Morris qualifies 3rd for V8 Supercar race at Oran Park.
Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris today equalled his season-best qualifying result by securing third position on the grid for tomorrow's eighth round of the V8 Supercar Championship motor racing series at Oran Park in Sydney.
Morris, who also qualified third in the previous championship round at Queensland Raceway on July 20, earned a second-row starting position at Oran Park by clocking the third fastest lap time of 1-min 9.612-secs in today's Top 10 Shoot Out.
The 35-year Gold Coast driver had been seventh fastest in regular qualifying earlier in the day, but then improved four positions in the Top 10 Shoot Out in his VY Commodore, which is powered by a Holden Motorsport engine.
Morris, who suffered serious back injuries in a start-line crash at Oran Park in 2000, has shown his most consistent form of the 2003 championship in the lead-up to tomorrow's 300km race. He was fastest in yesterday's opening practice session, and second in the two practice sessions held today before qualifying.
Pirtek Ford Falcon driver Marcos Ambrose will start from pole position in tomorrow's race, after being fastest in the Top 10 Shoot Out ahead of Greg Murphy in a Kmart Commodore. Defending champion Mark Skaife will share the second row with Morris after qualifying fourth.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "We had to put a new clutch in the car between practice and qualifying, but apart from that it's been a good day. The car has been fast in every session so speed-wise we're in good shape. Today we spent a lot of time working on race set-up, and we've made some gains with changes to the springs and 'shocks'. You never know how these 300km races will pan out, so you've got make the car look after its tyres in case you have to stay out for a long stint. Starting up the front is a big help because it means there's less chance of getting caught up in any mid-field dramas that might happen. We showed in Queensland we can run with the guys at the front, and if we can do that again tomorrow then hopefully we can come away with a good result. We've surprised a quite a few people in the last couple of races, but there's been a lot of hard work and planning going on behind-the-scenes."