Jack Daniel's Racing
RICK KELLY CLAIMS TOP-10 IN PERTH OPENER
Jack Daniel's Racing's Rick Kelly has finished ninth in the opening 50-lap race of the V8 Supercar Championship Trading Post Perth Challenge at Barbagallo Raceway.
Team-mate Todd Kelly brought his Jack Daniel's Racing Commodore home in 21st after battling with damaged steering throughout the second half of the race.
After the wet practice sessions on Friday, today's weather was better, but still damp for qualifying with Todd Kelly posting the 13th fastest time and Rick Kelly 15th.
Sunny skies greeted crews for the race and it wasn't long before the action started at the head of the field. Some quick thinking at the end of the opening lap saw both Jack Daniel's Racing cars miss a collision between Garth Tander and Will Davison.
The duo ran in tandem on the harder Dunlop slick race tyres through the opening half of the race, before Todd Kelly pitted on lap #27 with Rick Kelly one lap later.
After rejoining the circuit Rick Kelly made the most of his soft tyres moving from 16th all the way inside the top-10.
A collision for Todd Kelly after his stop left him with damaged steering and battling to defend his position.
Tomorrow's racing features separate qualifying sessions on both the hard and soft Dunlop tyres for the final two 50-lap races of the weekend.
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore:
"The big thing was heading into the race was the first time we had run in the dry this weekend," said Rick Kelly.
"Our car was very strong on soft tyres. We had a little bit of push on the hards, which we will need to tune out of it for tomorrow.
"Compared to last year, we are in a reasonable position and so we should be in quite a good position for tomorrow.
"Hopefully we can qualify better, as today both Todd and were on the track at the wrong time in that session with the weather.
"We need to make sure we are on the track at the right time to get a good lap. Then I'm sure we will have a strong starting spot for those races."
Rick Kelly Perth Saturday 2012 by Beazley
TODD KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore:
"I actually had bent steering after being taken off after we made our pit stop," said Todd Kelly.
"The car was a little bit of a struggle before that and turned into a nightmare after that.
"I just had to get it home and there was nothing more I could do with it there."