Queensland: Kelly Racing preview

OWEN KELLY TO STEER KELLY RACING'S FUJITSU V8 SUPERCAR SERIES DEBUT - Owen Kelly to steer Kelly Racing's Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series debut ... - Bargwanna relishes new soft tyre challenge ... OWEN KELLY TO STEER KELLY RACING'S FUJITSU V8 ...

OWEN KELLY TO STEER KELLY RACING'S FUJITSU V8 SUPERCAR SERIES DEBUT

- Owen Kelly to steer Kelly Racing's Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series debut ...

- Bargwanna relishes new soft tyre challenge ...

OWEN KELLY TO STEER KELLY RACING'S FUJITSU V8 SUPERCAR SERIES DEBUT

Kelly Racing will make its debut in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series this weekend with Owen Kelly behind the wheel of the #77 Metaland Holden Commodore.

The 33-year-old, who was announced as an endurance driver for Jack Daniel's Racing earlier this week, will be making his 21st event start in the second-tier V8 Supercar Series in Ipswich, gaining vital track time before the endurance events later this year.

Kelly is the third-most successful driver in Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series with 13 previous race wins, as well as boasting four overall round wins, seven round podiums, two pole positions and nine fastest laps from his 20 previous Fujitsu V8 Supercar event starts.

The car will be engineered by Jack Daniel's Racing data engineer Peter Craik and prepared by experienced Kelly Racing mechanics Mike Gennery, Daniel Young and Rodney Frith, who all have vast V8 Supercar experience and now hold workshop-based positions

Kelly, originally from Tasmania but now sharing his time between Melbourne and Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States, has set consistency and gaining track time as his priority for this weekend but has not ruled out shooting for the race win.

Owen Kelly - #77 Metaland Holden Commodore:

"You can never replace seat time and the whole idea of running in the Fujitsu Series at Queensland Raceway this weekend is to make all the laps, be competitive and it would be great if we could get a win," said Owen Kelly.

"But the big picture is to get some racing miles, get used to running on new tyres, all things that you can't do on a test day.

"All things that are very important come the endurance races

"I think it's a great idea to have main series teams giving their endurance drivers miles in the Fujitsu Series. It will only help the Fujitsu Series and give it more exposure. With Paul Morris, Jack Perkins, Steve Owen and now our team, that will make it a good race.

"If the main series teams can keep giving their co-drivers a run you could see a situation where just about every main series team will have to run a Fujitsu Series car for their endurance drivers to make sure they're competitive.

"Testing is so limited and the upside of running a Fujitsu Series car is that you can get sponsorship for it as well and have the program help the whole team.

"You can't go out and get a sponsor to run a testing program, so this is really the right way to go."

Todd Kelly -- Kelly Racing Co-Owner

"It's an exciting weekend for Kelly Racing as a whole," said Todd Kelly.

"We are making our debut in the Fujitsu Series and it's the first time we've run five cars on the one weekend, which is a pretty cool thing for the team.

"It's a massive challenge but we are lucky to have such a great team of professional people so I'm really looking forward to the weekend."

BARGWANNA RELISHES NEW SOFT TYRE CHALLENGE

Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna is looking forward to the new challenge of racing solely on the softer Dunlop option tyres at the Ipswich 300 at Queensland Raceway this weekend.

Bargwanna was a fan of the softer tyre when it was introduced last season. But in 2009 only one set of the soft compound tyres was given to each entry for the weekend.

For the first time, this weekend's qualifying and racing will be staged solely on the faster rubber, with tyre wear becoming a huge factor in this weekend's racing as a result.

Jason Bargwanna - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:

"Queensland Raceway has always been good to me and I've had podiums there in the past," said Jason Bargwanna.

"We've made progress this year, we've made it into the top 10 and hopefully we can pull off another up at Ipswich.

"The tyre management is going to be the key over the entire weekend.

"In fact, doing laps in practice on Friday is almost a waste of time given that when you get out there for the race it's all going to be different anyway.

"I think that the management of the soft tyres is going to be the key to the event. Last year we got some experience with that and it was the soft tyre events where I went well last year, so I'm hoping for something similar.

"It changes every week in this game so it's always a new challenge, whether it's the tyres changing or the circuit or the cars, the competition always tough and you always enjoy that.

"I like new circuits and I like new challenges and I'm looking forward to seeing what this one produces and hopefully it makes it more entertaining for all the fans because ultimately that very important."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bargwanna , Paul Morris , Todd Kelly , Steve Owen , Owen Kelly , Jack Perkins