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Paul Morris Gold Coast race two report

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Paul Morris Gold Coast race two report
Oct 29, 2003, 8:46 PM

Morris delayed by accidents on Gold Coast Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris was delayed by two separate accidents and finished 19th in race two of the 11th round of the V8 Supercar Championship on the Gold Coast. Morris ...

Morris delayed by accidents on Gold Coast

Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris was delayed by two separate accidents and finished 19th in race two of the 11th round of the V8 Supercar Championship on the Gold Coast.

Morris qualified 30th for the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on Friday, and on Saturday he finished 20th in the first of the two 22-lap races on the 4.5km Surfers Paradise street circuit.

The 35-year-old Gold Coast driver started the second race from 20th position on the grid in his VY Commodore, and after two laps he had improved to 16th. After making a compulsory pit-stop to change tyres, Morris' momentum was checked when he was forced to slow to avoid the Super Cheap Auto Ford Falcon of Steve Ellery, which had crashed into a concrete wall ahead of him.

Toward the end of the race Morris was forced to temporarily stop on the circuit after a multiple-car pile-up. He dropped back to 19th before resuming racing again. The race was won by Russell Ingall in a Caltex Havoline Ford Falcon in 53-mins 32.422-secs. Morris completed the event 12.551-secs behind Ingall.

Morris scored 81 championship points in the round, which boosted his series tally to 848. Marcos Ambrose leads the championship with 1,867 points in a Pirtek Ford Falcon. The 12th and penultimate round is at Pukekohe in New Zealand on November 7-9.

PAUL MORRIS QUOTES:

"I made up some places in the first few laps, but then I lost time when Steve Ellery hit the wall. I was about three car-lengths behind and it looked like the back-end got away from him. I tried to go up the inside of the Falcon, but I was boxed in and some other guys behind me came past. Later I lost more time when I arrived at the accident at the ANA (Hotel) corner. Jason Richards and Steven Richards were involved and the track was blocked so I had to stop for about 5-secs. We didn't get the results we wanted here, but it's a difficult track to pass and when you qualify down the back it's always going to be tough. The positive thing to come out of the weekend was our car reliability. The car ran faultlessly. Many teams have a lot of work to do repairing crash damage from the weekend, but our car didn't get a scratch on it so we should be in good shape for New Zealand."

<pre> RESULTS -- Race 2 (22 laps): POS DRIVERS CAR TIME 1. Russell Ingall Caltex Havoline Ford Falcon 53:32.422 2. Greg Murphy Kmart Holden Commodore 53:33.123 3. Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Commodore 53:33.497 4. Marcos Ambrose Pirtek Ford Falcon 53:36.174 5. Glenn Seton Ford Performance Racing Falcon 53:38.466 6. Paul Radisich Betta Electrical Ford Falcon 53:39.153 7. Rick Kelly Kmart Holden Commodore 53:40.053 8. Steven Johnson Shell Helix Ford Falcon 53:40.561 9. Craig Lowndes CAT Ford Falcon 53:41.015 10. John Bowe OzEmail Ford Falcon 53:42.383 OTHER: 19. Paul Morris Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore 53:45.973 FASTEST LAP: Ingall 1-min 52.562-secs

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after round 11): Ambrose 1,867; Murphy 1,795; Ingall 1,703; Skaife 1,681; Lowndes 1,540; Rick Kelly 1,490; Bright 1,438; Steven Richards 1,437; Todd Kelly 1,360; Radisich 1,319. Other: Morris 767

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