TODD KELLY BOUNCES BACK WITH THIRD IN BAHRAIN PRACTICE Jack Daniel's Racing driver Todd Kelly has bounced back from his Abu Dhabi disappointment to be third fastest in practice for the Gulf Air Desert 400 at the Bahrain International Circuit in...
TODD KELLY BOUNCES BACK WITH THIRD IN BAHRAIN PRACTICE
Jack Daniel's Racing driver Todd Kelly has bounced back from his Abu Dhabi disappointment to be third fastest in practice for the Gulf Air Desert 400 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain today.
Kelly topped two of the four practice sessions held at the desert venue today aboard his #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore, ending the day with the third fastest time on combined results behind Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup.
Kelly has a luckless weekend at the opening event of the season in Abu Dhabi, but has now put that behind him to 'start afresh' in Bahrain.
Jack Daniel's Racing team-mate Rick Kelly currently sits seventh in the championship standings and therefore missed the first two practice sessions of the day, which are allocated solely for rookie drivers and those in the both 50 percent of the points standings.
While it meant that Rick Kelly started behind the eight-ball in practice today, he was able to make up make up ground throughout the day in his #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore and end practice with the 20th fastest time, using just one set of tyres all day.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
TODD KELLY -- POST-PRACTICE MEDIA CONFERENCE
QUESTION: It must be good for you personally and also for the whole team to bounce out of the block so well here so quickly?
"The car was good here last time we were at this event and we started off with a pretty similar set-up and tuned it a little bit for up the top (of the circuit).
"The car was good, consistent and we could punch out laps even after the tyres had done a little bit of work.
"Towards the last two sessions it actually developed a little bit of a misfire and we didn't do all that many laps. We will try to get to the bottom of that because every time we went out it got worse.
"Fingers crossed we can work out what that is and sort it out for tomorrow morning."
QUESTION: What are your comments on the extra two practice sessions you were allocated as a result of a bad weekend last weekend, given that Jamie said it was unfair? You're obviously not a rookie but you are outside the top 50.
"That's bad luck. That's how it is. He's (Jamie Whincup) not last so that's not fair either."
QUESTION: Todd can you please talk about the best passing opportunities out there on the track?
"Well there is not much in that new section other than that corner at the top of the hill. You will be doing a pretty good job to fire it in at the tight right hander or the double left hander.
"But that's a really solid move up there up the back (at the hairpin) and if you do fire it in there, there is plenty of room with the way the mid part of the corner and exit opens right out.
"So it's certainly a fantastic bit of circuit and the very first time we came here to race and for the first few years, the whole time I was saying that it's a shame we don't get to use that bit of track
"It's an awesome part of the facility."
QUESTION: Todd after last week, how much of today was an anger sort of factor?
"The only thing we had to repair was the stickers, which is actually quite expensive now because Rick has done a full print down the side of the car, so he flips every time I come in with scratches on it.
"We had a terrible run at Abu Dhabi and I was in the two practice sessions at the start of the weekend there and we could just not get the car right. We were outside the window the whole weekend. Out of the car too, everything that was going on it was a horrid start to the year.
"So for the last few days I've concentrated on starting from a clean slate and treating this as the first round of the championship for us so we get it right.
"We were lucky in that we had a good here last time so today we had a much better base to start with.
"So hopefully we can sort that misfire out and keep that momentum going through the rest of the weekend."
Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"When we started off it was a little bit tough, just like in Abu Dhabi where we rolled out and it was not ideal for us," said Rick Kelly.
"I'm pretty proud of the way that 'Swenno' (David Swenson, Race Engineer - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore) and the team turned things around. It was not an ideal start to the day but I'm more confident now.
"We've still got a long way to go. The big thing is that you can't do more than one lap on a set of tyres before they go off.
"So it's very difficult to tune the car. It's a typical Bahrain set-up and track where it's very hot, very greasy, you've got one lap on your tyres and that's it. So it makes it tough.
"It's great for Todd because he had a tough start to the year. What he had in his car really didn't assist us in today's practice.
"Sometimes it helps and sometimes it doesn't. Today it was a little bit like we had to go down our own path."
-source: kelly racing