TOP TEN FOR RICK KELLY AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY Jack Daniel's Racing driver Rick Kelly has put in a hard charging drive to score a top 10 finish at the Queensland House and Land.com 300 at the Queensland in Ipswich, Queensland today. Kelly...
TOP TEN FOR RICK KELLY AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY
Jack Daniel's Racing driver Rick Kelly has put in a hard charging drive to score a top 10 finish at the Queensland House and Land.com 300 at the Queensland in Ipswich, Queensland today.
Kelly started the 65-lap race on the harder compound 'control' tyre from the ninth row of the grid before making his way through the field to be placed just outside the top 10 at the halfway mark.
The Jack Daniel's Racing pilot completed his second compulsory pit stop on lap 44, during which the crew fitted Kelly's #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore with the softer 'sprint' tyre.
After returning to the circuit in 21st position, Kelly was one of the big movers over the final 21 laps, highlighting this fact was that he set the fastest lap of the race to that point on his first flying lap after the stop.
Such was the pace of Kelly that over the closing stages of the race he moved up over ten positions to cross the line in 10th spot and secure valuable points towards his Championship tally.
Todd Kelly re-used 'sprint' tyres at the start of today's race aboard the #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore, again working hard on the set-up of his car as he works hard at developing new components for the team's endurance event efforts.
Todd Kelly started from 21st place on the grid and finished in 18th place at the finish during today's encounter, which was won by Will Davison ahead of Craig Lowndes and Russell Ingall.
The next race in the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series is the L&H 500 at Phillip Island in Victoria, the first of the two endurance races for this season, on September 11-13.
Todd and Rick Kelly will team-up to form one of the strongest endurance race combinations aboard the #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore at Phillip Island, joined by endurance specialists Nathan Pretty and Ben Collins in the #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"It was a disappointing weekend but we salvaged something today to some extent," said Rick Kelly.
"We had a couple of dramas with the Jack Daniel's Commodore, which slowed us up because we qualified up the back.
"Yesterday's result I was pretty stoked with. We had a lot of tyres for today but I made a mistake at Turn 3 and we went back to pretty much last.
"I'm a bit disappointed in myself for doing that to be honest because it made our life a bit more difficult. But we also made a couple of changes to the car and a couple helped and a couple didn't.
"So I think Swenno (#15 Race Engineer David Swenson) and I have probably learnt more from this weekend about the car set-up than any other weekend this year.
"We have got a good direction with the car now as far as where we need to go with it to make our speed better at all of the events."
Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"We made some really massive changes for qualifying to try and move up a bit today," said Todd Kelly.
"That sort of knocked our qualifying lap around a little bit. Then we changed the Jack Daniel's Commodore quite a lot from qualifying to the race and it was really good.
"We learnt a heap about what we have to do with dampers and the car was probably the best it has been all weekend in the race.
"We have a lot of potential to be better again. Even though the result wasn't there, we have learned more today than we have learnt in the last few rounds about how to make the car fast.
"So we didn't get a result but we are still pretty happy with what we have learnt, so that's a positive."