Michael Caruso leads the charge for Nissan Motorsport at Albert Park

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Michael Caruso has continued his impressive form at the Albert Park street circuit.

Norton Nissan Altima driver Michael Caruso has continued his impressive form at the Albert Park street circuit, finishing the first day of racing with two fourth place finishes.

After taking his Norton/beyondblue Nissan Altima to his maiden pole position yesterday, Caruso survived some frantic racing to finish just off the podium in both races.

Michael Caruso
Michael Caruso

Photo by: Edge Photographics

Caruso’s Norton team-mate James Moffat started Race 1 eighth and finished eighth, and made progress in the early stages of Race 2 until he was caught out in a couple of off-track excursions, eventually coming home 12th.

The Kelly duo of Todd and Rick Kelly, driving their Jack Daniel’s Nissans, put in a consistent performance in the first two races, competing in and around the top 10.

The V8 Supercars return to the track tomorrow, with Race 3 to be held at 3.25pm AEST. The final race will be run on Sunday at 1.20pm.

Michael Caruso, #300 Norton/beyondblue Nissan Altima
Race 1: 4th
Race 2: 4th

“Not a bad day for us. We would have loved to stay at the front, but that’s the way it went,” said Michael Caruso.

“The car is handling great, we’re still lacking in straight line speed at the moment, and we know that, but as soon as we start seeing more improvement there, we’ll be able to challenge even more.

“When you’re struggling for straight line speed, you end up watching your mirrors a fair bit. You just have to try your best around the corners.

“I had a couple of good battles with Scott McLaughlin and Fabian (Coulthard). It’s on for young and old out there, there’s no doubt about that, so if you can get through those first few laps cleanly, you’ll be in a good position.”

James Moffat, #360 Norton Nissan Altima
Race 1: 8th
Race 2: 12th

“Eighth and 12th – there’s nothing really much to write home about at the moment,” said James Moffat.

“We’ve got a good car for three or four laps, but then it struggles for the rest of the race.

“It’s not ideal and a bit frustrating, but we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.

“We had a similar issue at Clipsal a couple of weeks ago and we don’t seem to be able to improve the car. We need to look at it.”

Rick Kelly, #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima
Race 1- 11th
Race 2- 11th

“I guess I’m back to the old nickname of Mr Consistency,” said Rick Kelly.

“Look, the car is pretty good, there are a couple of things we need to tune up no doubt, and we’re just chipping away at it.

“We’re not doing wholesale changes, a lot of people get carried away at the Grand Prix and try wholesale things, and it hurts them.

“We treat this like any other race, we want to get as far forward as we can in the points for the weekend.

“The start just didn’t quite go our way (for race two), I played it conservative and went narrow into turns one and three, and we lost a couple of spots because of that, as other drivers made aggressive moves around the outside pay off.

“When I was back a few spots, I managed to sneak past some cars, and I got stuck behind Will (Davison).

“If I had have qualified better and started in the top-five, the car has the pace to run there.

“I now want to keep it consistent and move forward.”

Todd Kelly, #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima
Race 1- 10th
Race 2- 13th

“It was a disappointing race,” said Todd Kelly.

“I had trouble with the brakes in the first one, and we put fresh ones on for that race.

“Early on I flat spotted both fronts extremely badly, so the car was just shaking itself to death from about the second lap, that’s caused a heap of understeer, and it was just a battle to hold on from there.

“The changes we made to the car felt like they would have been a massive improvement, so it was alright to survive where I did, but there is a lot more potential to come tomorrow.”

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