Jack Daniel's Racing on the pace at Albert Park

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Todd Kelly qualified fifth for the weekend's first race aboard his Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima.

Brothers Todd and Rick Kelly had a strong opening day at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, with Todd qualifying fifth for the weekend's first race aboard his Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima.

In a qualifying session where the pair's Nissan Motorsport colleague Michael Caruso secured pole position, Todd showed consistent pace to be near the top of the leader board throughout.

Rick meanwhile continued to chase car setup throughout the 30 minute session, and will line up from 14th for the first of four races on the Albert Park street circuit.

Todd Kelly
Todd Kelly

Photo by: Jack Daniels Racing

Earlier in the day, Todd registered the fifth quickest time in the second and final practice session, while Rick was 16th best in the opening hit out.

Racing kicks off tomorrow with a ten lap heat at 11:05am, with another 12 lap race to follow at 2:25pm.

TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima: Qualifying position- 5th

"It's not too bad, it's a lot better than where we were last year, and I was quietly confident we would be a chunk faster around this joint than we were," Todd Kelly said.

"The car is 80 percent there, but there are now really two corners that are knocking my lap times around.

"The little fella (Michael) Caruso did a really good job, it's good for all of us for him to snag pole like that, because it's extremely clear where we have to lift our game to be right on the money.

"We'll work on that tonight, but certainly it's a good start for Jack Daniel's Racing and for Nissan Motorsport."

RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima: Qualifying position- 14th

"We've been a little bit behind the eight ball since we started the weekend," said Rick Kelly.

"We ran the first session on hard tyres, and the car wasn't too bad, then we ran softs to start with (in the second session) and we were ok, and it just snuck away from us a little bit.

"I absolutely got smoked by my team mate there, Michael (Caruso) did an incredible job.

"After practice two we saw the data from his lap, he wasn't on greens and it was clearly very impressive, and he has carried the form into qualifying which is very impressive to score pole.

"We've got that to look at, but we've got to do a better job than what we did today.

"The 15 car just isn't where it needs to be, and because of that, I'm just not driving it the way I should be either. Luckily we have four races to get to the front."

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Article type Qualifying report
Tags albert park, michael caruso, nissan altima, rick kelly, todd kelly