BOTH KELLY BROTHERS IN TOP 10 IN HAMILTON THIS RELEASE RE-ISSUED FOLLOWING POST-RACE EXCLUSION OF CAR ...
BOTH KELLY BROTHERS IN TOP 10 IN HAMILTON
THIS RELEASE RE-ISSUED FOLLOWING POST-RACE EXCLUSION OF CAR #5, CAR #6 AND CAR #17. RESULTS AND POINTS ALSO NOW UPDATED.
Jack Daniel's Racing has finished with both its Commodores in the top 10 in the final race of the ITM 400 in Hamilton, New Zealand today.
Rick Kelly made it two top 10 finishes for the weekend with sixth place in today's 59-lap race, with older brother Todd Kelly not far behind in eighth place.
But it could have been even better for both drivers, with an equipment failure in pit lane costing both precious time at the final round of pit stops.
This result is the first time that both Jack Daniel's Racing Commodores have finished in the top 10 this season and the first time since the Saturday race in Perth last November that both Todd and Rick have scored a top 10 in the same race.
Today also marked the first time that Kelly Racing has had three cars finish in the top 10 with Jason Bargwanna coming home in ninth place today.
Rick Kelly remains in seventh place in the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series points standings after eight races, just four points outside the top five. Todd Kelly sits in 20th place.
Rick qualified in fourth place this morning to earn his fourth top 10 qualifying performance for the season and was locked in a tough battle with Michael Caruso for third place for most of today's race.
But at his second pit stop the Jack Daniel's Racing pit crew had an air gun socket break, only to then also experienced problems with the spare gun, further delaying the pit stop. Quick work by the crew avoided total disaster and Rick was able to rejoin in seventh position.
With only one working wheel gun for Todd Kelly's pit stop on the following lap, the crew had no choice but to fit only left side tyres to his #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore, preventing Todd from enjoying the speed advantage of using four fresh tyres for the final segment of the race.
Jamie Whincup won today's race at the ITM 400 ahead of Garth Tander and Michael Caruso.
The fifth event of the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series will be held at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich, Queensland on April 30 to May 2.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"Today was much better than yesterday in that the Jack Daniel's Commodore was a lot quicker," said Rick Kelly.
"We were a little unsure at the start whether we'd done the right thing because we took a bigger jump with the set-up than we normally would.
"But I'm glad we did because the car was very good. I was just struggling to pull it up as much as we'd like, but that braking issue is something that we know how to fix quite easily.
"The pit stop drama cost us a fight for third. I wouldn't say that we would have had it very easily but we were definitely as quick as (Michael) Caruso.
"So it's disappointing to finish where we have but it's exciting that we are starting to get right back on the pace and for us, moving forward now, we need to finish in the top three all the time to get the points we need.
"We don't want to keep finishing sixth and seventh so we're all real keen to work as hard as we can to move forward."
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"It's a good day for the team but we are setting our goals a lot higher than what we are achieving at the moment," said Todd Kelly.
"We are just not quite quick enough at the moment so we've got to work harder to get the car's right.
"We had a lot of things go wrong in the pits that we're not the crew's fault. We have the best pit stop crew in pit lane but we had a few dramas with equipment, which really knocked that race around.
"There were a lot of positives and we could have gone better if all those things didn't happen but it doesn't change the fact that we haven't got the cars quite where they need to be.
"To be in the top 10 is good but we are aiming high, so as we've done in the last 18 months we just need to keep focusing on improving our cars."
-source: kelly racing