Queensland: Jack Daniel's Racing race 1 report

RICK KELLY SCORES ANOTHER TOP 10 IN QUEENSLAND Jack Daniel's Racing driver Rick Kelly has scored his eighth top 10 finish from nine races so far this season with eighth place in the opening race of the Ipswich 300 at Queensland Raceway in...

RICK KELLY SCORES ANOTHER TOP 10 IN QUEENSLAND

Jack Daniel's Racing driver Rick Kelly has scored his eighth top 10 finish from nine races so far this season with eighth place in the opening race of the Ipswich 300 at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich today.

Kelly started from 11th position in his #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore and made a great start to roar up the order and be eighth by the end of the first lap of today's race.

Kelly used his soft tyres to great effect to rise as high as sixth, but as his tyres wore his speed suffered, dropping him two places in the final stages of the 38 lap race to come home in eighth place.

Todd Kelly had yet another unlucky day today, with contact in the early stages of the race bending the left front hand side steering arm on the #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore.

The Jack Daniel's Racing crew did a great job to replace the component and get Todd Kelly back on track to finish the race and be classified as a finisher, nine laps down in 29th place.

James Courtney won today's race ahead of Craig Lowndes and Shane Van Gisbergen.

JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD

RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:

"At the start the car in front of us didn't get a good jump so it forced me to the left, where there was not enough space and I got boxed in next to Jamie (Whincup)," said Rick Kelly.

"I still got past two cars before Turn 1 and one or two others up into Turn 3 so the start was good for us.

"In the first few laps I was surprised with our Jack Daniel's Commodore's pace compared to the others but I knew in the back of my mind that I would be killing my tyres quicker than they were, but I thought I would capitalise on it while we had the pace and pass the cars while the opportunity was there.

"After our stop I was very careful with our second set but our tyres still deteriorated a little bit quicker than the others.

"So overall we had a reasonable gain from practice and qualifying but we just needed to get more out of the tyre and make them last a little longer."

TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:

"Unfortunately we made contact with another car out there and it bent the steering arm," said Todd Kelly.

"The crew did an outstanding job to change the arm and get out back out there to be classified as a finisher, but unfortunately our race was ruined.

"We finished on the same set of tyres to save our rubber for tomorrow. We will look to do a better job in qualifying and tyre to get a result."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Rick Kelly , Craig Lowndes , Todd Kelly