Hidden Valley: Kelly Racing race 1 report

BARGWANNA CLIMBS INTO TOP 20 AT HIDDEN VALLEY Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna has collected a 19th place finish in the opening race of the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin today. The result came after problems with...

BARGWANNA CLIMBS INTO TOP 20 AT HIDDEN VALLEY

Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna has collected a 19th place finish in the opening race of the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin today.

The result came after problems with the first set of tyres fitted to Bargwanna's #11 Rock Commodore delayed his progress in the opening stint of the race.

But once new tyres were fitted at a pit stop, Bargwanna fired back up the order to be 19th by the end of the 42-lap journey.

Stratco Racing driver Tony Ricciardello posted a 25th place finish at Hidden Valley Raceway today, his 10th top 25 finish for the season.

Ricciardello fought gear selection problems in the second half of the race, but brought his #16 Stratco Commodore to the finish and will now look for improvement for Sunday's longer race, where each car will be able to use one set of soft tyres during the race.

Mark Winterbottom won today's race ahead of Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen. The second race of the SKYCITY Triple Crown will be held tomorrow.

KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD

JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:

"The first set of tyres were a real struggle," said Jason Bargwanna.

"We were easily a second and a half to two seconds off the pace and we dropped right back to second-last on the track, so we will really have to look into why those tyres were so bad.

"But once we got to our pit stop and ran a second set, the Rock Commodore took off, I set good lap times and passed about eight cars to move up into the top 20.

"We will have to have a good look at why that one set of tyres were so bad.

"Tomorrow is another day and hopefully we play the right strategy card with the soft tyres and the pit stops."

TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore:

"There was a bit of stuff going on in front of us so we lost some time at the start getting around the mess that was going on," said Tony Ricciardello.

"But it was a decent result and we kept the car straight. Just after our pit stop we started having gear change problems so I had to nurse it home a bit just to get it home.

"Other than the gear change issue the Stratco Commodore was faultless and the entire Kelly Racing crew is all doing a great job for me.

"Now we will all put our heads together to see where we can improve for tomorrow's race, where the soft tyre will mean strategy plays a big part."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bargwanna , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Tony Ricciardello