Nissan Jack Daniels team looking to build V8 Supercars momentum

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Kelly brothes have had success at Sydney.

The Jack Daniel's Racing duo of Todd and Rick Kelly are looking to build on the momentum gained at the recent Queensland Raceway event, with the team's Nissan Altimas finding form ahead of the all-important V8 Supercars endurance races.

Both of the Kelly brothers have previous success at Sydney Motorsport Park, having each recorded race victories on the 3.93km long circuit.

The team can also take confidence from the official season opening test days, which have been held at the facility over the past two years.

In 2013, the public debut of the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar, Rick Kelly registered the fifth best overall time for the day, while this year both brothers featured in the top-three overall.

The event marks the 20th Championship appearance at Sydney Motorsport Park for V8 Supercars and the Australian Touring Car Championship, with the weekend the last following the Super Sprint format ahead of the two-driver endurance races at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast.

Saturday sees a compact format, with a pair of 30 minute practice sessions and 10 minute qualifying sessions ahead of twin 100km races, with Sunday's schedule featuring a 20 minute long qualifying session and a 200km race.

'We've come a long way'

"At our very first test day at Sydney Motorsport Park, when we only had two Nissan Altimas finished to that point, and we were very early on in our engine development program, the cars weren't too bad," said Todd Kelly.

"Our initial setup was quite good, but we've come a long way since then, in our aero kit, our engine, and what we've learned about setting the cars up. At this year's pre-season test, again we were quite fast there, and it was both wet and dry, and we were near the top of the time sheets in both scenarios.

"Of all of the tracks we go to this season, it's certainly one that we should be able to get a good result out of our cars."

Jack Daniels Racing

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Series V8SUPERCARS
Event Sydney
Track Sydney Olympic Park
Drivers Rick Kelly, Todd Kelly
Article type Preview
Tags nissan altima, queensland raceway