Abu Dhabi: Kelly Racing race 1 report

POSITIVE START FOR BARGWANNA IN ABU DHABI Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna has made a positive start to this year's V8 Supercar Championship Series with a strong performance en route to a 13th place finish at the Yas V8 400 in Abu Dhabi ...

POSITIVE START FOR BARGWANNA IN ABU DHABI

Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna has made a positive start to this year's V8 Supercar Championship Series with a strong performance en route to a 13th place finish at the Yas V8 400 in Abu Dhabi today.

Bargwanna made a great start to the race after qualifying in 14th position, bringing the #11 Rock Commodore into the top 10 on the opening lap.

The V8 veteran was looking set make it a top 10 finish at the Yas Marina Circuit today, but a stall as he exited his pit box at his second stop cost him valuable time.

Bargwanna crossed the line in 13th position, an encouraging result in his first race for Kelly Racing.

Tony Ricciardello finished 24th aboard the #16 Super-Max Holden Commodore, finishing one lap down following a spin mid-race after contact with Paul Morris.

Ricciardello aimed to run his own race today and is confident of improvement ahead of tomorrow's second 43-lap race for the weekend.

Jamie Whincup won today's race ahead of Craig Lowndes and Mark Winterbottom.

KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD

Jason Bargwanna - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:

"We were running in the top 10 early in the race and it was only that I stalled exiting the pits that cost us a chance to be in the top 10 at the finish," said Jason Bargwanna.

"We had a very clean race and that's a great way to start for Rock. We've accumulated some points to kick off the season.

"Look, we probably failed because our objective was to get in the top 10. We were in there but we didn't execute and finish it off.

"Tomorrow, clearly the plan is to get into the top 10 and stay in there for the rest of the season.

"I think the only car I touched int he whole race was actually a slight touch with the back of Rick's car. I was having a cautius run as I wanted a good, clean run.

"It turned out that when I stalled in the pits on our second stop it cost us probably three spots."

Tony Ricciardello - #16 Super-Max Holden Commodore:

"The race was alright and we were just trying to stay out of trouble and run our own race," said Tony Ricciardello.

"We got turned around once but that's just part of racing, so you just get on with it.

"We were not here to prove a point to anyone, just here to do our own thing and get the Super-Max Razors Commodore over the line and get a good finish. Now we concentrate on tomorrow.

"I think we were trying different things at some of the corners where we were losing out. A couple of times I made a mistake but at least we are learning and moving forward and that's what we need to do."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Tony Ricciardello