Paul Morris Racing Bathurst qualifying report

Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore team-mates Paul Morris and John Faulkner will use tomorrow's pre-race warm-up to finalise car settings for the Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar race. The 20-mins warm-up will start at 7.15pm and is the...

Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore team-mates Paul Morris and John Faulkner will use tomorrow's pre-race warm-up to finalise car settings for the Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar race.

The 20-mins warm-up will start at 7.15pm and is the final track-time available for teams before the start of the 161-lap race at 10am. Morris and Faulkner will start the 10th round of the V8 Supercar Championship in 13th position on the grid

In today's third practice session Morris and Faulkner drove a total of 23 laps, with an equal share of time behind the wheel. They did not participate in the Top 10 Shoot Out after finishing yesterday's qualifying session in 13th position.

Morris clocked a best lap of 2-mins 9.492-secs in practice today, which was 13th fastest in the session. Faulkner's quickest lap time was 2-mins 10.279-secs, his best since practice began on Thursday.

Today's practice session was split into two segments after Larry Perkins crashed his Castrol Perkins Commodore. The incident damaged trackside barriers, and the session was temporarily suspended, and then completed several hours later. The remaining time in the session was held several hours later.

Greg Murphy will start from pole position in tomorrow's race after emerging fastest in the Top 10 Shoot Out with a lap of 2-mins 6.859-secs. Murphy, who is driving a Kmart Commodore with Rick Kelly, will be joined on the front-row by the OzEmail Ford Falcon of John Bowe and Brad Jones.

Morris is making his 11th Bathurst start and has a best result of third in 1999 with Mark Skaife in a Holden Racing Team Commodore. Faulkner has 17 starts on the 6.2km Mount Panorama circuit, and his highest finish was fifth in 1997 with Win Percy.

PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "Since we weren't in the (Top 10) Shoot Out today we were able to concentrate on improving the race-set up of the car. It was a good chance to try some things, some of which hit the mark, and others which didn't work as well as what we'd run before. We've lost quite a bit of track-time this week with various problems, but the car is quick. I think we've got the car speed to be competitive. John (Faulkner) got more laps today and his times improved. He's on the pace."

JOHN FAULKNER QUOTES: "As a co-driver here you're always wanting to do more laps, but it's not always possible. I've only raced once this year so would have liked to have spent more time in the car. However, today I got some new tyres to try and my time came down straight away. I didn't want to push too hard or risk putting the car into a wall. The (lap) times today have given me confidence I can do the times if I have to."

-pmr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers John Faulkner , Greg Murphy , Rick Kelly , Brad Jones , Mark Skaife , Paul Morris , John Bowe , Larry Perkins , Win Percy
Teams Holden Racing Team