RICK AND TODD KELLY RIGHT ON THE PACE IN DARWIN Jack Daniel's Racing team-mates Rick and Todd Kelly are both right on the pace with the fifth and eighth fastest times respectively in practice for the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Hidden Valley in ...
RICK AND TODD KELLY RIGHT ON THE PACE IN DARWIN
Jack Daniel's Racing team-mates Rick and Todd Kelly are both right on the pace with the fifth and eighth fastest times respectively in practice for the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Hidden Valley in Darwin today.
Todd Kelly was fastest in Part A and Part B of practice at the 2.9-kilometre circuit today aboard the #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore, ending the day with eighth fastest time overall.
Crucially for Todd Kelly, he did not use an additional set of tyres in Part C of practice, saving them for qualifying later in the weekend.
Rick Kelly used Part B of practice to work on car set-up options for the #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore, before hitting the top of the timesheets part way through Part C of practice as the first driver to break into the one minute and nine seconds time bracket.
Rick Kelly, who finished the day as fifth fastest, is confident ahead of tomorrow's elimination qualifying and 34-lap race, but did flag the idea of allowing each car a set of dedicated, new practice tyres at each event.
Will Davison put Holden on the top of the timesheets with the fastest time in practice at Hidden Valley Raceway today ahead of Shane Van Gisbergen and Craig Lowndes.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"We're pretty happy with the pace but today for us was learning," said Rick Kelly.
"We had a strict program that we needed to stick to throughout the session to learn a bit about some things on the Jack Daniel's Commodore.
"We stuck to that so the first bit of the session for us was frustrating because we were learning things and not going for outright pace, which meant that we were a fair way back.
"I think the car is now in a reasonable position for tomorrow for qualifying, which is great.
"It is frustrating though in practice with the tyres everyone's got, you don't know where you're positioned.
"It makes it very difficult to know how you're placed for qualifying tomorrow. In my opinion everyone should be allowed to have a set of green tyres for practice so that we can go out there and have the session as an extremely good comparison in terms of where you are.
"In Adelaide, NZ and Bahrain you get new tyres for practice so it would be like that. It's a bit frustrating but we press on."
Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"We're pretty happy with the Jack Daniel's Commodore," said Todd Kelly.
"I didn't do that many miles in Part B of practice and tried to save the tyres, so we ran the same set in Part B and Part C.
"All the guys in front of us put a second set of tyres on, so we've saved a set of tyres today that we can use in qualifying tomorrow. So hopefully that will be a bit of an advantage.
"The Jack Daniel's Commodore seems pretty fast so I'm quite excited about tomorrow."