JACK DANIEL'S RACING TO FIGHT ON AFTER TOUGH DAY AT WINTON
Jack Daniel’s Racing has vowed to keep on fighting after enduring a tough day in Race 11 of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship at Winton Motor Raceway near Benalla, Victoria today.
Following his fourth place finish on Saturday, Rick Kelly could only manage 17th place in today’s 67-lap race, dropping him to sixth place in the points standings. Earlier in the day he qualified in 12th aboard his #15 Jack Daniel’s Commodore.
'I'm devastated to be honest
Tyre wear on Dunlop’s softer compound tyres was the issue in today’s race, with the team committed to investigating all avenues for improvement ahead of the next event of the season at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, Northern Territory on July 17-19.
Todd Kelly’s race was over barely after it had begun at Winton today, with his #7 Jack Daniel’s Commodore sustaining both front and rear damage in a multi-car accident on the third lap.
As he slowed to avoid the spinning car of Will Davison, Todd Kelly was hit from behind, pushing him into Davison and ending his race.
JACK DANIEL’S RACING QUOTEBOARD:
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore
“I'm devastated to be honest,” said Rick Kelly.
“The Jack Daniel’s Commodore was pretty good yesterday. It was on a knife’s edge and we had to drive quite cautiously to finish fourth. Nevertheless the car deserved to have that result yesterday.
“Today, no matter what I tried out there or whatever changes we made in the pit stops, it just didn'’t perform how we expected it to considering yesterday’s result.
“The car set-up is actually quite similar to how it was yesterday. It just wasn't our day.
“The whole team is pretty beat up about that result. Two rounds ago we won, yesterday we were fourth and looked very promising and today we fell to 17th.
“It’s a tough one. We need to put our heads down and try to work out how these other guys are making the soft tyre work and make sure we can get it working for us.
“On a hard tyre our car is very competitive and on a wet track on wet tyres our car is very competitive, but on the soft tyre it is not working for us at the moment so we just need to work out what to do.
“We just need to understand what the soft tyres needs and work out the best way to improve.”
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore
“It’s just really disappointing to be crashed out like that,” said Todd Kelly.
“I saw the car spun so I turned hard to keep in tight to get around him, but people behind me obviously were not looking past the front of their bonnets and a few cars ran straight up my arse and pushed me into (Will) Davison.
“From there the #7 Jack Daniel's Commodore took a few hits so the damage to the front and the rear was quite bad.
“We were out on the spot. It's bad to be out so early in the race and not get the chance to get a result.
“The entire team will be working very hard between now and Darwin to improve our pace so that we can qualify higher up the grid to get ahead of messes like this.”