RICK KELLY SEVENTH IN POINTS AFTER HECTIC HAMILTON Jack Daniel's Racing driver Rick Kelly sits seventh in the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship standings after a solid 14th place finish in the second race of the Hamilton 400 in New Zealand ...
RICK KELLY SEVENTH IN POINTS AFTER HECTIC HAMILTON
Jack Daniel's Racing driver Rick Kelly sits seventh in the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship standings after a solid 14th place finish in the second race of the Hamilton 400 in New Zealand today.
But it wasn't all smiles for the two-time Bathurst winner, who was on course for his fourth top 10 finish from the first four races of the season until a clash with young Kiwi driver Shane Van Gisbergen.
From there his recovery back up the order was further hindered as lapped cars failed to adhere to blue flags and blocked the progress of the #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore.
But despite the nuisances, Kelly remains pleased with the progress of the new team and feels that there is still a lot more to come from Jack Daniel's Racing in 2009.
Todd Kelly had bent steering end his race barely after it had started in the #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore.
Kelly was clipped by another car in the run to the first corner, bending the lower control arm on the front right corner of his car. The 29-year-old limped his car back to the pit lane and the crew replaced the bent arm in the team garage, resulting in Todd Kelly losing seven laps.
Todd Kelly returned to the circuit, his steering still not completely in line, and to the credit of the Jack Daniel's Racing crew, he was able to complete enough laps to complete 75 percent of the race and therefore be classified a finisher and earn championship points. Todd Kelly now sits 15th in the championship standings.
Earlier in the day both Todd and Rick Kelly were among many drivers who were caught out by a red flag towards the end of the new 20-minute Sunday qualifying session.
Both drivers were about to start their second run for the session, having saved an extra set of new tyres for another crack at a fast time. But with the session ended early due to a red flag, the pair were denied that chance, with Rick in 13th position and Todd in 17th place.
Jamie Whincup won today's second race of the Hamilton 400 in New Zealand today ahead of James Courtney and Steven Johnson.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"It would have been ace to have another top 10 finish," said Rick Kelly.
"We were hindered again by lapped traffic, and by guys hitting us again.
"The Jack Daniel's car was better than the results we were able to achieve this weekend, which is a testament to the good job the team is doing for only our second ever event together.
"To be seventh in the championship is a pretty good effort, but the whole team is disappointed by the driving out there.
"Lapped cars failing to get out of the way for a number of laps and Shane Van Gisbergen again -- the guy is a good driver but he keeps hitting us. Unfortunately it has cost us points again."
Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"It was just a bad day," said Todd Kelly.
"I got held up in qualifying really badly by Steven Richards and that put us back in the field.
"In the race we clipped a car into the first corner, which bent the front suspension.
"From then the race was over. The guys had to replace the right hand corner on the car, we then went seven laps down and that was the end of the race for us."