Phillip Island 300: Jack Daniel's Racing preview

KELLYS VISIT PHILLIP ISLAND WITH WINNING POTENTIAL Jack Daniel's Racing team-mates Todd and Rick Kelly head to The Island 300 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this weekend with clear winning potential. Todd Kelly claimed a qualifying...

KELLYS VISIT PHILLIP ISLAND WITH WINNING POTENTIAL

Jack Daniel's Racing team-mates Todd and Rick Kelly head to The Island 300 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this weekend with clear winning potential.

Todd Kelly claimed a qualifying race win at the fast seaside circuit just two months ago at the L&H 500, with the brothers teaming up to finish fifth and show strong car speed all weekend.

Since that event the team has stepped up its pace, showing podium potential at both Bathurst and Surfers Paradise.

Entering these three last events of the 2009 season, the Kelly brothers are seeking to score podium results to finish the first season of their new team on a high note.

The Island 300 at Phillip Island is being staged as a result of the postponement of the Gulf Air Desert 400 in Bahrain, which will now be the second event of the 2010 series.

JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD

Rick Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:

"For us Phillip Island is a happy hunting ground with the amount of pace we had there earlier this year," said Rick Kelly.

"However the temperatures will be quite different so we expect the track to have less grip, which will move the goal posts a bit.

"Like any event, we're hoping for a great result there and right now with the pace we've had at the last three rounds, I'm personally really enjoying my racing.

"I'm really excited about going to each event with the team with the pace we've got and that alone carries a fair bit of weight.

"It's an exciting prospect to possibly bring home the team's first trophy and that's our main priority - even trying to win.

"But I am also seventh in the championship and whenever I see a car around me that is within reach of us in the points I do take that into consideration because I'd love nothing more than to try and finish in the top five in the championship in our first year.

"If we could do that it would be an amazing achievement in our first year. We're seventh now so it's a big ask but it's still something we're concentrating on."

Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:

"After a disappointing Surfers weekend it's good to head to Phillip Island as it's where we had our first race win back in September," said Todd Kelly.

"We'll start off with a set-up on the Jack Daniel's Commodore similar to what we had there last time and see how we go from there.

"I love Phillip Island. It's a really good, high-speed driver's track where you've got to have a bit of commitment and our cars generally work really well there.

"So I can't wait to get back and if it's going to happen for us this season, this is a good place for it to come for us given our past form there."

KEY FACTS:

- Race winning form for the Kelly brothers at Phillip Island ...

* Todd Kelly won the first of two qualifying races at the L&H 500 at Phillip Island endurance event earlier this year. Rick claimed a qualifying race win at the same event last season

* Rick Kelly clinched his 2006 V8 Supercar championship crown at Phillip Island while it was brother Todd who won that event

* Phillip Island has been a happy hunting ground for the Kellys, with Todd winning four individual races at the Island and Rick having qualified in the top 10 and finished in the top 10 overall every year from 2004-2009

* Both Todd and Rick have won pole at Phillip Island in the past, Todd in 2006 and Rick in 2007

-credit: kellyracing.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Rick Kelly , Todd Kelly , Phillip Island