Kelly Racing press release
Kelly Racing is firmly focused on achieving its best season yet in the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship, which kicks off with the Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide in South Australia this weekend.
With an exciting start to the year off the track with significant announcements and exciting new recruitments in the team’s engineering department, there is reason for optimism in the Kelly Racing camp.
But focusing on the job at hand and concentrating on strong results in 2012 is the firm aim for the team as it enters the Clipsal 500, one of the toughest events on the schedule.
Rick Kelly finished second in last year's Clipsal 500, with the 29-year-old looking to go one better and claim his second Clipsal crown this weekend.
With wet conditions currently forecast for Saturday and Sunday, Kelly Racing's noted wet weather prowess could also come into account in this weekend's two 78-lap races.
- Kelly Racing turns three this Friday …
* Kelly Racing will celebrate its third birthday this Friday, the opening day of the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship with practice and qualifying for the Clipsal 500
- Kelly Racing’s Braeside headquarters in Melbourne were officially unveiled on 2 March 2009
- Two test days ahead of season opening Clipsal 500 …
- All four Kelly Racing Commodores tested at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria on Monday February 20, following on from the season launch test day at Sandown International Raceway on Saturday February 11
- 2007 Clipsal 500 a career highlight for both Kelly brothers …
- The Kelly brothers dominated the 2007 Clipsal 500 with Todd and Rick Kelly taking a win each
* Todd won the Saturday race as Rick finished in fourth
- On Sunday it was Rick who took victory with Todd just behind in second place
- Todd scored the most points for the weekend but as the Clipsal 500 is decided by the winner of the Sunday race it was Rick who took home the biggest trophy
- Rick’s Clipsal 500 win came in his first event carrying the coveted number one following his V8 Supercars Championship victory in 2006
- Rick Kelly also has a previous pole position at the Clipsal 500, setting the fastest time in the Top 10 Shootout in 2005
* Rick scored Kelly Racing its first Clipsal 500 silverware in 2011 with second place in the Sunday race
- Greg Murphy has two pole positions at the Clipsal 500, topping qualifying in 2001 and 2004. He finished runner-up in the event in 1999 and 2002
- Murphy is one of four drivers to have competed in every Clipsal 500 since its birth in 1999, with the Adelaide street circuit revived after the final Adelaide F1 Grand Prix was held in 1995
KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore:
2012 Race Engineer: Alex Somerset
2011 V8 Supercars Championship position: Sixth
2011 Best Race Result: First x3 (Hamilton, Darwin, Sandown)
2011 Best Qualifying: Pole x2 (Hamilton and Sandown)
QUESTION: You had great pace in Adelaide last year in both races, with second place in Sunday's race. Can that pace from last year carry over to this weekend's event?
"I've been watching the vision from last year's event and it was a good old battle. We got up to first on Sunday in the rain and as the track dried out Jamie (Whincup) had so much more pace than us he snuck by and got a very good lead that he was able to maintain nicely.
“(Mark) Winterbottom behind me was a very similar pace to us but we seemed to have most of the field covered at that point.
“I think all the teams have moved forward from last year so they are going to be tough to beat and we have got to make sure that we have moved forward just as much.
“I'm really excited to head to Clipsal this year. To start the season back here in Australia is great, particularly being a nice, hot event. It's one that I think a few others struggle with the heat and particularly backing up for the second 250 km race on Sunday. It can be tough after doing it on Saturday, so it’s a tough call but a challenge that I really like to be honest.
“One of the biggest tings I'm excited about is having our first race with a relatively new team with a lot of new people in our engineering department and having Alex engineer my Jack Daniel's Commodore. It's going to be a very enjoyable weekend.”
QUESTION: 2011 was the best team yet for the team, with three wins for you. 2013 will also be a massive year for the team, but what is your focus in terms of 2012?
“2011 was very much a breakthrough year for our team. To get our first win at Hamilton was very exciting and to back that up with another two wins was a great effort for us.
“A lot of drivers this year have come out and said that they are going to win the championship. I think that a lot of drivers say that every year, it's the same culprits and they've never won one yet. We are certainly not going to fall into that boat.
“Obviously we are going to try our best to win the championship and to be realistic our aim is to get into the top three in points. If we are able to do that it's really going to set the tone for a solid championship attack next year in 2013 for the first year of Car of The Future.
“We managed to sneak into the top four for three quarters of the season last year. A couple of bad rounds at the last few races took us from there to seventh and then we managed to get back to sixth at the very last race.
“For us to move from sixth to third is doable and it's firmly in our sights.”
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore:
2012 Race Engineer: Brendan Hogan
2011 V8 Supercars Championship position: 18th
2011 Best Race Result: Third x2 (Hamilton and Sandown)
2011 Best Qualifying: Second (Hamilton)
“I can’t wait to get back in my Jack Daniel’s Commodore after our two test days at Sandown and Winton,” said Todd Kelly.
“Our team feels almost reborn after the exciting start to the year we’ve had and with our new engineers. There is definitely a major lift in excitement and enthusiasm in the team.
“Our engineering department is now filled with global talent. I’m really keen to show them this great event in Adelaide and also see how we work as a team at such a tough event like Clipsal.
“We’ve got some smart guys onboard and we’ve been working flat out over the last month, with two test days to be able to put some fantastic ideas into our cars.
“But testing is only one part of it. Now we need to apply ourselves to a race event and experience one of the toughest race meetings of the year to see where we are at in terms of our off-season progress.
“The start of the season is a great time. It’s a fresh start for everyone and I’m determined to kick off the year in the best possible way as we get into what is a massive year for us.”
GREG MURPHY - #51 Pepsi Max Holden Commodore:
2012 Race Engineer: Scott Besst
2011 V8 Supercars Championship position: 13th
2011 Best Race Result: Third (Hamilton and Sandown)
2011 Best Qualifying: Pole (Bathurst)
“The first thing that comes to mind about the Clipsal 500 is that the weather forecast for this weekend is wet,” said Greg Murphy.
“While that might not be ideal for everyone, our cars are proven as having great wet weather form.
“We’ve also had a chance to test our wet track set-up at both test days so far this year at Sandown and Winton and we were again pleased with the pace of my Pepsi Max Commodore.
“So no one at Kelly Racing will be disappointed if they have to get their feet wet this weekend.
“It’s the start of a new year and it’s nice to kick things off in Adelaide again with this great event. It just feels right.
“But it’s not actually my first race to the year, as I’ve already raced in New Zealand and done a few test days on both sides of the Tasman as well.
“It’s been a busy start to the year and it’s good to already have a race event under my belt, but it’s no advantage.
“This weekend in Adelaide is when the big business starts and we are very keen to perform well in what is such a tough event and a tough championship.”
KARL REINDLER - #11 Fair Dinkum Sheds Holden Commodore:
2012 Race Engineer: Mathieu Galoche
2011 V8 Supercars Championship position: 25th
2011 Best Race Result: Seventh (Barbagallo)
2011 Best Qualifying: Fifth (Queensland Raceway)
“I’m very excited to be getting things underway with Kelly Racing this weekend in Adelaide for my first race with the team,” said Karl Reindler.
“We’ve already had two test days and things are gelling well. I’ve learned a lot and made good progress.
“Adelaide is a tough event but it’s also a track I know very well, having raced here in V8 Supercars and Formula 3.
“I know that my Fair Dinkum Sheds Commodore will be strong in the wet so I wasn’t exactly shattered when I saw the weather forecast, but any race at Clipsal is a tough one, wet or dry.
“I’m very keen to post two good, strong finishes this weekend to start my season on the right foot and do my very best for all of my fantastic sponsors.”