Queensland: Kelly Racing race 1 report

BARGWANNA MAKES PROGRESS IN IPSWICH Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna has made progress up through the order in the opening race of the Ipswich 300 at Queensland Raceway today. After poor qualifying session earlier in the day, Bargwanna was...

BARGWANNA MAKES PROGRESS IN IPSWICH

Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna has made progress up through the order in the opening race of the Ipswich 300 at Queensland Raceway today.

After poor qualifying session earlier in the day, Bargwanna was forced to start from 28th position aboard the #11 Rock Holden Commodore, but showed good pace to move up the order and into the top 20 with a 19th place finish.

Tony Ricciardello also started from the back, hampered by engine problems in qualifying. His crew worked feverishly to change the engine in the #16 Stratco Holden Commodore before the race, allowing Ricciardello to have a trouble-free race and score 26th position.

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

In the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series, Owen Kelly qualified the #77 Metaland Holden Commodore in ninth position and finished the first of the weekend's three races in seventh position.

KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD

JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:

"The Rock Commodore had good pit work but we were in a position to recover and have another crack tomorrow," said Bargwanna.

"We were disappointed with qualifying today but we have got three sets of new tyres left for qualifying tomorrow and the car is better now.

"The car is capable of running up in the top 10 so we've just got to focus on getting up there, especially in qualifying."

TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore:

"It was a little bit unfortunate that in qualifying we had an engine problem and didn't really get a chance to put in a good time," said Ricciardello.

"That set us back but the guys did an amazing job to get the engine changed so quickly and have the car at 100 percent for the race.

"We had pretty good pace but I didn't want to risk the car by making a big dive for position in the early laps.

"We will work on getting the Stratco Commodore further up the field tomorrow, both in qualifying and also improving our pace late in the race a little bit."

OWEN KELLY - #77 Metaland Holden Commodore:

"We're still really struggling with car set-up," said Owen Kelly.

"We've made some good improvements and we've got a fair way to go.

"The Metaland Commodore made a reasonable start and we held our ground from there all the way to the end

"We're getting miles for the enduros and that's why we're doing it.

"We feel that we should be running a bit closer to the front so that's our aim for Sunday."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Owen Kelly , Tony Ricciardello