Image - Paul Morris at the wheel today. Image credit - Morgan Hancock Photography
This opening round of the Kerrick Sports Sedan Series at Sandown International Raceway this weekend is playing host to one of the current Bathurst 1000 champions, with Paul Morris taking part in the event aboard the #91 MARC Cars Australia entry.
After posting the sixth quickest time in this afternoon’s first of two qualifying sessions, Morris took some time out to have a chat about his plans for the weekend.
“The series has got a very rich history and to me it holds a lot of prestige in Australian motorsport. Just look at the guys that have won this championship - from Frank Gardner to (Tony) Ricciardello who has won it a lot of times, and then even to someone like Cameron McLean in his BMW going back 20 years,” said Morris, who as co-driver for Chaz Mostert raised the Bathurst 1000 trophy overhead in 2014.
“There is a lot of history and a lot of heritage, so its good to be in it and I am enjoying it.
“We have got half the horsepower of some of the cars out there, for instance just out there in qualifying we are fast in the corners but then they blow the doors off you on the straights.
“We are just running our own program and doing some development – but if it happens to rain we will probably lap the field, we will be looking all right,” laughed Morris.
With the MARC Cars currently set up for endurance-spec racing, this weekend’s racing provides a valuable opportunity for development for sprint-style racing.
“This car is owned by the MARC company so it’s not a customer car, and Mick (Benton – driving his #92 Castrol MARC entry) was coming down to race his car so it just made a bit of sense to bring it down for myself and Ryan (McLeod – of MARC Cars Australia and Racer Industries) to try and develop the car to suit these sort of sprint races,” said Morris.
“The car is really built for long distances and that doesn’t really come into its own until you are at 12 hour and 24 hours races as that is what it is built for, so to make it fast in sprint race trim there are some different things that we need to do to it. So we are just working on what we need to do for that, and then that program will transfer down into what our customers do.”
Today’s first of two qualifying sessions was topped by Tony Ricciardello, ahead of Darren Hossack, Tom Randle and Kerry Baily. For a full report of today’s proceedings, please click here.
|1. April 1-3 Sandown Motor Raceway|
|2. June 10-12 Winton Motor Raceway|
|3. July 29-31 Queensland Raceway|
|4. Sep. 9-11 Phillip Island GP Circuit|
|5. Nov. 11-13 Sydney Motorsport Park|