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BARGWANNA PREDICTS LAP RECORD TO FALL IN HAMILTON Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna has predicted that the lap record for the Hamilton street circuit will fall at the ITM 400 in New Zealand this weekend. Bargwanna joined Kelly Racing...

BARGWANNA PREDICTS LAP RECORD TO FALL IN HAMILTON

Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna has predicted that the lap record for the Hamilton street circuit will fall at the ITM 400 in New Zealand this weekend.

Bargwanna joined Kelly Racing team-mates Tony Ricciardello, Todd and Rick Kelly in the team's customary pre-event track walk today, taking particular care to examine track changes at the back straight chicane and at Turn Seven.

With both corners opened up slightly, Bargwanna is predicting that drivers will be able to outdo the exciting V8 Supercar lap record at Hamilton, set by Jamie Whincup last season (1:24.4701).

Stratco Racing driver Tony Ricciardello will be making his first start in Hamilton this weekend, with the West Aussie driver keen to make further progress at the ITM 400 this weekend.

KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD

JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:

"What they've done is as you come into one of the fastest and trickiest parts of the circuit (back straight chicane), they've opened the exit right up so it gives us a bit more room," said Bargwanna.

"So if we get it wrong, there's more room before we hit the fence.

"On the track walk we had a good look around the place and I've got no doubt the couple of changes, particularly the back chicane and up into turn seven, will open the circuit up.

"It's probably going to be about 1s to 1.5s faster, particularly turn seven. So I'll be interested to see if the lap record goes this weekend.

"Depending on the weather, who knows? Hopefully it's the Rock car that will do it!"

TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore:

"Hamilton is another new circuit for me to learn and another street circuit as well," said Ricciardello.

"Walking the track today and taking lots of notes from what my team-mates have to say, I'm looking forward to hitting the track in practice.

"It's a cool little track and quite challenging. I'm looking to get the Stratco Commodore home for two strong finishes this weekend.

"The walls are close and I'm sure the racing will be tough so it should be an exciting weekend."

KEY FACTS:

- Kiwi influence for Kelly Racing ...

* The Kelly brothers may proudly operate an Australian owned race team, but there is undeniable Kiwi influence with four employees of New Zealand heritage all a crucial part of the team

* Kelly Racing crew members Aaron Zampese, Brett Kennedy, Tim Keegan and Ben Eckstein all hail from New Zealand originally

- New Zealand debut for Ricciardello ...

* While Jason Bargwanna has previous starts at both Pukekohe Park near Auckland and the Hamilton street circuit, Tony Ricciardello is racing for the first time in New Zealand this weekend

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bargwanna , Jamie Whincup , Tony Ricciardello