Bahrain: Jack Daniel's Racing race 1 report

RICK KELLY SIXTH IN POINTS AFTER BAHRAIN TOP 10 Jack Daniel's Racing driver Rick Kelly has risen to sixth in the V8 Supercar Series Championship standings after a third consecutive top 10 finish at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir,...

RICK KELLY SIXTH IN POINTS AFTER BAHRAIN TOP 10

Jack Daniel's Racing driver Rick Kelly has risen to sixth in the V8 Supercar Series Championship standings after a third consecutive top 10 finish at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain today.

Kelly got his campaign at the Gulf Air Desert 400 off to a solid start by claiming ninth place in today's race, giving him three top 10 finishes from three races so far this season aboard the #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore.

Kelly qualified in 13th position earlier in the day but was able to use good car speed to move up the order. Kelly lost two positions late in the race to Will Davison and Russell Ingall as his tyres 'went off', but the 27-year-old is confident that he can improve his car's pace for tomorrow's second race.

Jack Daniel's Racing team-mate Todd Kelly looked on course for a strong result in today's 37-lap race aboard his #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore.

Todd Kelly qualified down in 18th position but had great car speed at the 5.41-kilometre circuit today and charged up the order to be in seventh spot in the dying stages of the race.

Unfortunately for Todd Kelly, he was forced to make a third fuel stop with two laps remaining to ensure he reached the finish, with the extra pit stop consigning him to 20th position.

Jamie Whincup won today's opening race of the Gulf Air Desert 400 at the Bahrain International Circuit ahead of Mark Winterbottom and Craig Lowndes.

JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD

Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:

"Through parts of the race the Jack Daniel's Commodore was extremely good and then in parts of the race it wasn't as good as others around us," said Rick Kelly.

"It's a pretty clear indication of what we need to do in terms of set-up, given that we did have good pace at different stages of the race.

"I'm a little disappointed that I slipped back a couple of spots there. I got a little hot under the collar, which I need to trim in a little bit.

"But ninth is not too bad. It's tough out there and a few guys have slipped back again today, so to get ninth is pretty good.

"I'm looking forward to tomorrow. With the good traits that the car did have today, a bit like Abu Dhabi I think we can improve for the second race of the weekend and have a really good Saturday race."

Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:

"It's a shame about what happened but in the end we have got some good tyres and we will have a go again tomorrow," said Todd Kelly.

"For once, I got a clean first lap and I went from 18th to about 13th. We had some really old tyres on the back of the car for the start of the race so that was quite encouraging.

"Once we came in and put a better set of tyres on the Jack Daniel's Commodore was fine. I spent the whole race basically trying to save fuel and short-shifting, so given that our pace was actually not too bad because I was holding position even driving the car like that.

"The misfire is still there. It's a little bit better but every now and then it still does it.

"We don't know what else to chance. If we change the engine it wont fix it because we are picking it up before the engine so it's something that electrical."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Will Davison , Russell Ingall , Rick Kelly , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Todd Kelly , Mark Winterbottom