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Paul Morris to race at Adelaide 500

PAUL Morris will return to circuit racing for the first time this year at next weekend’s VALO Adelaide 500.

Morris will join the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS field for its season finale, the 2014 Bathurst 1000 winner slated to co-drive Mark Griffith’s Mercedes AMG GT4.

The race is Morris’ first aboard a GT4 car and his first car race since the 2021 Bathurst 6 Hour, where he shared a Ford Mustang with George Miedecke and Brodie Kostecki to fifth outright and a class victory.

“It should be good to get out there. I’m looking forward to having some fun and enjoy driving a cool car on a cool track,” Morris said.

“And being there for the return of Adelaide is great. It’s one of the events that everyone wants to be at. After the race was canned a couple of years ago, I thought it was gone forever. They were selling off equipment and assets, but to have the iconic event back in Adelaide, I really wanted to be there for it.

“I really encourage everyone to get there and support it, which from the sounds of things people will, and prove that it deserves its place.”

Morris takes over the seat from son Nash, who shared the Mercedes with Griffith at the recent Supercheap Auto Bathurst International and the preceding Sprint round at The Bend but will instead make his Adelaide street circuit debut in the Dunlop Super2 Series next weekend.

Morris made nine Adelaide 500 appearances with a best race result of sixth in the Saturday race of 2004. Pic: an1images.com / Graeme Neander

Griffith currently leads the GT4 standings by nine points heading into the finale, following his win with Nash at The Bend.

“The GT4 title means a lot to Griffo. Like any time you go motor racing and there’s a championship on the line, it means a bit extra,” Morris added.

“The good thing with Griffo is that he has plenty of speed. He is a very capable driver in his own right, so we’re safe there. He might even knock me off!”

The Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS will contest three 40 minute races on the VALO Adelaide 500 support card, with qualifying and Race 1 on Friday, followed by one race on both Saturday and Sunday.

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