JASON BARGWANNA HAS FIRST DRIVE OF KELLY RACING COMMODORE AT WINTON
Recent signing Jason Bargwanna has had his first drive of a Kelly Racing Holden Commodore V8 Supercar at the team's end-of-season ride day at Winton Motor Raceway at Benalla, Victoria today.
Bargwanna, who was the overall event winner at Winton in both 1999 and 2000, piloted Kelly Racing chassis PE047 around the 3.0-kilometre circuit, getting around 100 laps of track time while performing passenger rides.
The car carried an interim testing livery on the day, with more details on Bargwanna's entry at Kelly Racing to be announced at a later date.
Bargwanna was pleased to get a head start on 2010 at Winton today.
"I was very excited to actually get a taste for the car, how it drives and just see how it is that they go about getting the cars right and being competitive and I was very impressed with package so far," said Bargwanna.
"What impressed me the most is the way the guys all work together, the communication level. It's fantastic and I really think that this is certainly a team that's got the credibility to do the job."
Bargwanna, the 2000 Bathurst 1000 winner, was impressed by the Kelly Racing Commodore today.
"I think over the day I've done probably 100 laps in terms of rides," said Bargwanna.
"Obviously it's hard to evaluate the cars with a passenger on board but my initial impression is that they're impressive and that they'll be competitive.
"The engine impresses me and there are a couple of different little things with the front geometry which seem to make the car work quite well so I'm really looking forward to having a proper attack at it."
Brothers Todd and Rick Kelly were also behind the wheel at Winton today, sharing driving duties in Chassis PE045 to give Bargwanna maximum seat time in the team's other car.
Rick Kelly said that it was great for the team to begin working with Bargwanna before the end of 2009 as Kelly Racing gets ready for next season.
"It's good on a number of levels," said Rick Kelly.
"Firstly, just for all the guys to get to know Bargs and to have a chat to him and experience what it's like to work with him at a track is good.
"It allows us to hit the ground running next year.
"Also, to get Jason in the car and to feel what it's like to steer one of our rockets around on a typical Winton in greasy conditions, it's been good for all of us.
"We've all bonded quite well and we're all pretty excited about next year. We already feel like we're a team that's worked together for a while."
Kelly Racing will release details regarding its fourth driver for the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series at a later date.