TODD KELLY 13TH WHILE RICK IS CRASHED OUT OF CONTENTION Jack Daniel's Racing driver Todd Kelly has weaved his way through the carnage to post a respectable 13th place finish in the opening leg of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, South Australia ...
TODD KELLY 13TH WHILE RICK IS CRASHED OUT OF CONTENTION
Jack Daniel's Racing driver Todd Kelly has weaved his way through the carnage to post a respectable 13th place finish in the opening leg of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, South Australia today.
Both Todd and brother Rick Kelly had their Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodores in the top 10 and on-track for a strong result in today's 78-lap race, but a crash at the Turn 9 hairpin on lap 51 delayed Todd's run and ended the chances of Rick on the spot.
When Craig Lowndes made contact with Will Davison at the end of Brabham Straight, both Todd and Rick had nowhere to go, with Davison's spinning car collecting Rick while Todd was hit from behind as he slowed to avoid the melee.
The Jack Daniel's Racing crew were able to work on both cars and get Todd back on track without losing a lap, allowing him to recover to finish in 13th place.
For Rick his chances of a strong finish were dashed, suffering extensive suspension damage to the front right corner of the #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore.
The team worked hard to effect repairs to allow Rick to be classified as a finish and trial set-ups for tomorrow's second leg of the 2010 Clipsal 500.
Earlier in the day Todd Kelly missed the Top 10 Shootout by just 0.0721 seconds by qualifying in 11th place, while Rick qualified in 15th position.
Rick Kelly slips one spot to seventh in the V8 Supercar Championship Series series standings, while Todd Kelly is elevated one place into 26th place.
Garth Tander won today's opening race of the Clipsal 500 ahead of James Courtney and Lee Holdsworth.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"There were at least three or four things that happened in that race that sent me back," said Todd Kelly.
"The Jack Daniel's Commodore was pretty good today. I passed some cars and when I was on my own we were going along reasonably well, but basically the whole race I was stuck behind someone trying to pass.
"I used the tyres too hard racing in the pack so it wasn't the best run, so where we ended up was OK.
"We could have ended up not finishing as a result of three or four accidents that happened in front of us so we had a bit of luck.
"We will tidy the car up and work on the set-up to have another crack tomorrow.
"There's a lot more potential to qualify better and if you start a little bit further towards the front the race flows a lot better for you as well because you're out of the traffic.
"With a few tweaks we are probably good enough to be there so hopefully we can do well tomorrow."
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"The dramas for us started not in the race, but when we qualified lower than we shouldn't have," said Rick Kelly.
"We didn't get the most out of our car in the morning. In clear air we had a great Jack Daniel's Commodore and were fast enough to get in the top five.
"But when you are back in the pack it's hard to pass people and make the most of that speed. And when you're back in the pack you get held up and you get involved in accidents that don't have anything to do with you.
"Another car came through and hit both Davo (Will Davison) and I. Unfortunately that happens in racing. It put us in a bad position and took points off of us.
"I took a massive hit. Car 888 hit Car 22 and I had nowhere to go but around the outside, but Car 22 got hit so hard that it rolled back into us quite hard and broke a fair bit of the front suspension and steering.
"It's a bummer to get caught in a position like that because it was unnecessary and it did a lot of damage. There's nothing we can do but qualifying further up the front and get away from incidents like that by racing out in front.
"I'm looking forward to Sunday so I can start afresh and get the frustration out of my system. It's good to be able to put it behind you with a race the very next day."
-source: kelly racing