V8 Supercar Championship - Round 8 Winton, Victoria, August 17-18 Technical changes for Morris' Sirromet Wines Commodore. TUESDAY, AUGUST 13: Paul Morris' Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore has undergone important technical changes for this ...
V8 Supercar Championship - Round 8
Winton, Victoria, August 17-18
Technical changes for Morris' Sirromet Wines Commodore.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13: Paul Morris' Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore has undergone important technical changes for this Sunday's eighth round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Winton Raceway in Victoria.
The Gold Coast-based team's second 'in-house' built VX Commodore will feature revised suspension settings and a new Watts link carrier for the two 100km races on the 3km Winton circuit.
Morris said he hoped the changes would enable him to at least equal, or improve on his 2001 performances at Winton when he qualified second, and finished sixth and seventh in the two championship races.
The 34-year-old said the suspension on his 600-horsepower Commodore had been revised after analysing technical data since the car's debut in the Stegbar 400 Canberra 400 in June, and in the following rounds at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth and Oran Park in Sydney.
"Our car speed has been steadily improving with more 'race miles' since we put the new Commodore on the track, and we've been carefully studying all the data looking to optimise performance," he said.
"There has been a lot of work done with the front and rear dampers aimed at making the balance of the car better, and the direction we're now heading should start to show more benefits at Winton."
"The new Watts link carrier houses the rear air jack and ties in with the roll cage better for increased stiffness. It's aluminium and modular so it can be quickly and easily replaced if need be."
Morris said he was relishing the opportunity of returning to race at Winton, where he produced one of his best performances of the 2001 championship, along with winning the Calder Park round in Victoria.
"We struggled with oversteer in one of the races at Winton last year, but still got a reasonable result, so I'm looking forward to going back there with the new car," he said.
"Winton has several slow and medium-speed corners so it's important to be able to get the power to the ground when you're coming off the turns. There aren't a lot of passing places so you need to qualify well, as we did last year."
In the previous round of this year's championship at Oran Park, Morris recovered from a slow start in the first race and improved 14 positions after the opening lap to eventually finished 14th. He was in seventh place in race two when forced to retire because of a power steering failure.
Holden Racing Team Commodore driver Mark Skaife leads the championship with 1,693 points, followed by team-mate Jason Bright on 896, and Kmart Commodore racer Greg Murphy on 894. Russell Ingall won the Winton round in 2001.
After the Winton round Morris and his team will prepare for the two championship endurance races, the V.I.P. Petfoods Queensland 500 on September 15, and the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst on October 13. Fellow-Queenslander Wayne Wakefield will partner Morris in the endurance events.