Nathan Morcom has had a stellar Sunday drive at the Sandown 500, finishing 9th after starting 17th in a shortened race at Round 6 of the Super2 Series.
- Nathan climbed 8 places in a shortened race to finish Top Ten.
Race 1 – Position 20
Morcom began the first Practice session on a wet track and made several changes throughout the session, coming in and out of the pits and continuing to fine tuning the car for a distance set-up.
Friday’s second practice session was covered with rain, and although Morcom believed the wet track was the hardest he had driven, continued to improve in each section.
Qualifying for Morcom was tough, as several red flags interrupted the session and ruined his chance at a good result, despite sitting in the top 12 for the majority.
Morcom got a great start of the line in Race 1, catching the cars in front and moving quickly into 13th.
The Race was unfortunately ruined when a Racer drilled into Morcom’s side and sent him onto two wheels and spun around.
Morcom was able to save the car from rolling but the steering and shell of the car was bent and he was forced to limp over the finish line to finish P20.
Race 2 – Position 9
Morcom began Race 2 in P17 and quickly redeemed himself flying into the top ten.
Morcom made several moves and managed to avoid an accident on Turn 9, which put him in P11 when the Safety Car came out early in the race.
The Eggleston Racer had tight battles straight after the safety car restart with De Pasquale and Brown and overtook both for 9th.
Morcom could see the tyre degradation on the drivers ahead but the Race became time sensitive and Morcom missed out on several racing laps, finishing P9.
Morcom was pleased with his great hard fought battle, and believed getting inside the top ten from 17th was a great win for himself and the team at Eggleston motorsport.
“IT’S BEEN A COUPLE YEARS SINCE I’VE DRIVEN AROUND SANDOWN CIRCUIT – LAST TIME I WAS THERE WAS IN FORMULA FORD IN 2010 SO TALK ABOUT A THROWBACK. QUALIFYING WAS TOUGH AND MY ENGINEER AND MYSELF ARE STILL WORKING HARD AT UNLOCKING OUR ONE LAP SPEED THATS HURT US THIS YEAR. IN RACE 1 I GOT UP INTO 13TH AND WAS CATCHING EVERYONE IN FRONT, BUT A DRIVER CAME THROUGH THE TURN WITH A MOVE THAT WAS NEVER ON AND DRILLED INTO THE INSIDE OF ME RESULTING IN DAMAGING MY STEERING AND TURNING ME AROUND LOSING MY PLACE. RACE 2 I GOT FROM 17TH INTO 9TH, THERE WAS SEVERAL RED FLAGS THAT HURT ME BECAUSE THE RACE WAS TIME SENSITIVE AND I COULDN’T CLIMB ANY FURTHER – BUT IT WAS A GREAT WIN TO GET IN THE TOP TEN FROM WHERE I STARTED. A BIG CONTINUED THANKS TO ALL MY PARTNERS THAT MAKE THIS ALL POSSIBLE, I WOULDN’T BE HERE WITHOUT ALL THE CONTINUED SUPPORT.”
Morcom’s next Round of the Super2 Series will be at the Bathurst 1000 on October 5-8, with all Races to be televised LIVE on Fox Sports.
DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- 1st – Todd Hazelwood – Bigmate Racing: 1283 points
- 2nd – Paul Dumbrell – Eggleston Motorsport: 1278 points
- 3rd – Jack Le Brocq – Go Getta Racing: 1073 points
- 4th – Anton De Pasquale – Paul Morris Motorsport: 1034 points
- 5th – Garry Jacobson – Prodrive Racing: 878 points
- 14th – Nathan Morcom – Eggleston Motorsport: 573 points