Gold Coast: Holden Racing Team Friday report

Kelly fourth in qualifying at Gold Coast Indy TODD Kelly has returned to the Holden Racing Team in style by placing his Commodore in the Top 10 Shootout field on the Gold Coast. Kelly set the fourth fastest time in qualifying on the ...

Kelly fourth in qualifying at Gold Coast Indy TODD Kelly has returned to the Holden Racing Team in style by placing his Commodore in the Top 10 Shootout field on the Gold Coast.

Kelly set the fourth fastest time in qualifying on the Queensland street course, 0.26s slower than the fastest time of his brother Rick, with whom he shared a car for the last two events at Sandown and Bathurst.

But it easily could have been provisional pole position or a time close to it after Kelly was held up by a slowing Jack Daniel's Racing Commodore on a lap that proved on data to be just as good as his brother's.

While it was a solid day for Kelly, things proved to be tough for teammate Mark Skaife. th The fivetime champion will start tomorrow's first race in 13 spot after struggling for pace in qualifying.

The last time Skaife missed the field for the Top 10 Shootout at a V8 Supercar Championship Series round was the seasonending event last year at Phillip Island th where he missed by the narrowest of margins and qualified 11 .

The Top 10 Shootout will be held at 12.25pm tomorrow with Race 1 over 22 laps to start at 4pm AEST.

HRT QUOTEBOOK

Todd Kelly (#22 Holden Racing Team Commodore VZ) "I was on a good lap and one of the Jack Daniel's cars was in the fence in front of me and slowly coming back onto the track. It was at the end of the back straight and I had to flick the car to get around him, but it ruined the lap and I lost a couple of tenths of a second. I'd been really close to Rick's fastest splits on that lap and it was too late to come in and we'd used all of our tyres. As good as it was to drive with my brother for the last few races, it's nice to be back with HRT, in my own car with my own engineers."

Mark Skaife (#2 Holden Racing Team Commodore VZ) "We're miles off the pace with my car. It's a puzzling one so we'll have to go away tonight, put our heads together and come up with something for the first race tomorrow afternoon. Starting back in the midpack is the absolute last place that you want to start for a race, particular on a narrow track like Indy."

-credit: holden racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Skaife , Todd Kelly , Phillip Island
Teams Holden Racing Team