Morris qualifies 17th in rebuilt V8 Commodore. Queensland's Paul Morris today qualified a creditable 17th in his rebuilt Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore in the lead-up to this weekend's opening round of the V8 Supercar Championship in ...
Morris qualifies 17th in rebuilt V8 Commodore.
Queensland's Paul Morris today qualified a creditable 17th in his rebuilt Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore in the lead-up to this weekend's opening round of the V8 Supercar Championship in Adelaide.
Morris' VY Commodore sustained $100,000 damage on March 9 in a 180-km/h crash during the third and final V8 Supercar support event at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix Albert Park in Melbourne.
During the following week the car underwent major repairs at the team's Gold Coast workshop, allowing Morris to enter it in the Clipsal 500, which comprises 250km races tomorrow and on Sunday.
The 35-year-old qualified 17th with a best lap time of 1-min 23.552-secs around the 3.2km Adelaide street circuit. He set the time on his 10th of 12 laps in the session, which was held in fine and dry conditions.
Earlier in the day Morris had been 18th quickest in the opening practice session with a best time of 1-min 24.724-secs. He improved with 1-min 23.848-secs in the second practice session, when he was 16th. Morris drove a total of 35 laps in the two practice sessions.
Repairs to Morris' car in the lead-up to Adelaide included replacing a section of the front chassis rail and guards, plus fitting new engine, wheels, front suspension and steering, radiator, oil system plumbing, rear-axle, and driveline.
Jason Bright won pole position for tomorrow's first race by emerging quickest in the Top 10 Shoot Out in a VX Team Brock Holden Commodore. He was followed by defending champion Mark Skaife in a VY Holden Racing Team Commodore.
PAUL MORRIS QUOTES: "To be where we are after what happened to the car at the grand prix is pretty good. My team have put in some very long days since then. We got in the car and got stuck into it straight away. I ran a new set of tyres in the second practice session and then in qualifying, but we pulled up with understeer. By the time the front tyre got up to optimum temperature the rear tyres were 'going away'. We tried a few changes, but all we did was move the problem around the car rather than eliminate it. The track conditions seem about the same as last year. I think our race pace will be more competitive against the others compared to where we qualified."