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Nathan Morcom has impressed on his debut in a Supercar, narrowly running short of top ten race finishes while surrounded by on track carnage at Round 1 of the Super2 Series at the Clipsal 500.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Morcom improved 7 places in between the Practice Sessions.
  • Morcom had the 10th fastest time in qualifying, but red flagging the session meant he lost his time.
  • Morcom’s best race result for the weekend was P11.

CLIPSAL 500 RECAP

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Race 1 – Position 16

Morcom improved in the Practice sessions, moving from 17th to 10th on Friday.

Qualifying saw the Rondo Car venture into the tyre wall when a small error meant Morcom was stuck causing a red flag, and as a result he lost his fastest time and had to start Race 1 in P19.

Morcom raced well in a brand new class, and after starting at the back of the field he finished P16.

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Race 2 – Position 11

Morcom started 16th and quickly made some passes before a getting pushed wide and loosing some ground.

Morcom finished up Saturday’s race 5 cars ahead, just short of the top ten in P11 and was pleased with the result.

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Race 3 – Position 13

Morcom’s transaxel broke and the Eggleston Motorsport team worked tirelessly 2 hours before the race to replace the gearbox.

A controversial start to Sunday’s Race included a starting race light fail, with several cars jumping the starts and several stopping, causing a massive crash and red flag on the opening lap.

Morcom hussled the field and climbed several race spots, and was driving with the reigning Series Champion before he was muscled at turn 9 and lost two spots.

Another car span backwards infront of Morcom on the last corner of the last lap, and in avoiding a T-Bone Crash Morcom stopped and the rest of the field went around him, loosing 5 spots and a P8 finish.

“THE WEEKEND STARTED OFF PRETTY WELL, I WENT UP 8 PLACES IN THE PRACTICE SESSIONS WHICH WAS REALLY GOOD AND I JUST HAD TO WORK ON MY BRAKING. I JUST MADE A SMALL ERROR IN QUALIFYING WHICH MEANT I LOST MY BEST QUALIFYING TIME. BECAUSE OF THAT IT’S JUST HARD TO MAKE YOUR WAY UP TO THE FRONT IN A NEW CLASS WITH ALL THE CARNAGE AT THE BACK. WE RACED HARD AND KEPT MOVING FORWARD SO I’M EXCITED TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO IN THE REMAINING ROUNDS!”

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Morcom will now prepare for Round 2 of the Super2 Series at the Tasmania SuperSprint on April 7-9, with all Races to be televised LIVE on Fox Sports.

DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

  • 1st – Paul Dumbrell – Eggleston Motorsport: 292 points
  • 2nd – Todd Hazelwood – Bigmate Racing: 284 points
  • 3rd – Jack Le Brocq – Go Getta Racing: 258 points
  • 4th – Macauley Jones – Payce: 240 points
  • 5th – Andrew Jones – Alliance Truck Parts: 212 points
  • 11th – Nathan Morcom – Eggleston Motorsport: 130 points