Rick Kelly Third In Points After Fifth On Saturday At Albert Park 400
Rick Kelly enters the third and final race of the Albert Park 400 in third position in points after a fifth place finish in today's 25-lap race at the Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Victoria.
Kelly's fifth place follows on from fifth place in Thursday's qualifying and fourth place in Friday's opening race, that position one place higher than where he crossed the line following a post-race penalty to Shane van Gisbergen.
The #15 Jack Daniel's Commodore was pipped at the finish line today by Jamie Whincup by just 0.0216 seconds for fourth place.
Todd Kelly finished in 17th place in today's race aboard the
- 7 Jack Daniel's Commodore, fighting hard to progress through the pack after starting down in 26th place following an altercation in yesterday's race.
Garth Tander won today's race ahead of Jason Richards, Alex Davison, Jamie Whincup and Rick Kelly.
Jack Daniel'S Racing Quoteboard:
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Holden Commodore
"I'm a bit disappointed to finish fifth to be honest," said Rick Kelly.
"We were racing around Garth (Tander) but we had a couple of dramas with the car in the last few laps, which cost us time.
"Early on there my Jack Daniel's Commodore was good. I jumped Jamie (Whincup) off the line and he drilled me a couple of times trying to get past like he normally does, then again the same at the end of the race there. I blocked him but he still ended up sneaking past us over the line, which is disappointing.
"It just shows that we have some more work to do to get a bit more pace out of the car and also more pace out of me as a driver."
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Holden Commodore
"The first lap was completely different to yesterday," said Todd Kelly.
"The track was blocked and cars filled it from side to side in the first few corners so I couldn't lunge in and pick up any spots.
"So I kind of had to pluck everyone off one by one. By the time I got past the first few, the field had spread out way too much.
"I had to really use the car hard to catch and pass people, but try to look after the tyres at the same time, which is pretty hard to do.
"We made up as many spots as we could but if we have had a start like we did yesterday on the first lap we would have got up a lot further, but it wasn't possible today."
-source: jack daniel's racing