Bathurst 1000: Kelly Racing race report

RICCIARDELLO AND DOUGLAS BRING IT HOME AT MOUNT PANORAMA Tony Ricciardello and Taz Douglas have brought home the Stratco Commodore for a 22nd place finish at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama today. The pair kept the ...

RICCIARDELLO AND DOUGLAS BRING IT HOME AT MOUNT PANORAMA

Tony Ricciardello and Taz Douglas have brought home the Stratco Commodore for a 22nd place finish at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama today.

The pair kept the #16 Stratco entry out of trouble all day around the 6.213-kilometre circuit, losing ground on the lead pack when luck did not go there way on pit stop strategy.

Jason Bargwanna and Glenn Seton endured a tough race aboard the #11 Rock Commodore, suffering from excessive rear tyre wear over long stints today.

Their day ended early with a suspected tailshaft failure for the Rock Racing entry while Bargwanna was behind the wheel on lap 133, causing the Commodore to stop of the side of Conrod Straight.

The next event in the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series is the Armor All Gold Coast 600 at the Surfers Paradise street circuit on October 22-24.

KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD:

JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore

"It was clearly a Bathurst that Kelly Racing will probably want to forget but we're a young team and we have a lot to learn," said Jason Bargwanna.

"All of us today had a few things wrong in terms of the car set-up. We lacked some power in our engines because we tried to lean them out to get fuel economy and we were hurting our rear tyres.

"In the end we broke a tailshaft, which put us out, but we were not going to finish in the top bunch of cars unfortunately."

GLENN SETON - #11 Rock Holden Commodore

"Naturally the mechanical issue, we think it was the tailshaft, made it a bad end to a pretty tough day," said Glenn Seton.

"The Rock car was pretty hard on its rear tyres and we found it quite hard over the course of a stint to stay consistent and smooth as the rear tyres fell away. It made it really hard to get speed out of the car.

"It's been one of those hard race weekends for the guys and everyone is trying pretty hard to get to the top. It's not an easy road.

"But I'm confident this team will achieve it and get there. Hopefully that is in the not too distant future."

TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Jack Daniel's Holden Commodore

"We had a pretty good race, the only problem was that we missed the Safety Car opportunities in terms of the strategy," said Tony Ricciardello.

"A couple of times we pitted just before the Safety Car came out. That's something we can't control and it put us a lap down.

"The Stratco Commodore was reliable and the crew worked so hard and did a great job all weekend.

"We made sure we drove smart and kept the car straight. We realised we didn't have the pace to match the front running guys but we worked to have a reliable car.

"Taz did a great job as well for only his second time at Bathurst. This is a very tough race and we just had one of those weekends as a team."

TAZ DOUGLAS - #16 Jack Daniel's Holden Commodore

"Finishing was probably my main objective here today," said Taz Douglas.

"I wanted to do as many laps as I could. We didn't have fantastic pace but in my own driving I improved with every stint I did and felt more and more comfortable as I got used to the car.

"I've never done that many laps in a row ever, with full fuel loads and tyres going off and brakes fading.

"So it was great experience for me to be a part of the team and get to the finish."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bargwanna , Glenn Seton , Tony Ricciardello , Taz Douglas