Sunday trouble at the Grand Prix for Kelly

Both Nissan were striking trouble on the streets of Albert Park.

The Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend ended on a low note for Jack Daniel's Racing drivers Todd and Rick Kelly, with both Nissan Altimas striking trouble on the streets of Albert Park.

The pair made solid progress in the early running of the fourth and final heat for the weekend, but Todd's race unravelled after the halfway mark of the 12 lap journey when his car suffered a sudden cooling issue.

Todd and Rick Kelly
Todd and Rick Kelly

Photo by: Jack Daniels Racing

Todd immediately parked the car to save damaging the engine, with the safety car called upon to remove his vehicle from the circuit.

Rick then made solid progress from the ensuing restart, but at the entry to turn nine, contact sent the car out of control into James Moffat and Jamie Whincup. Stuck in the sand trap, Rick was classified a non-finisher.

The V8 Supercar Championship now moves south, with the Tyrepower Tasmania 400 scheduled for March 28-30 at Symmons Plains Raceway.

TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Race 4- DNF

"The weekend was looking not too bad, we had the potential to have all four cars in the top-ten for most of the weekend, and we've only come back with one car in the end," said Todd Kelly.

"It's disappointing, but the speed from the cars has been pleasing.

"We'll bounce back at Symmons Plains."

RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Race 4- DNF

"It was the exact opposite of what we hoped for," said Rick Kelly.

"Sunday at the AGP always goes a little bit crazy with double points, and there was some really good fierce racing out there.

"We got a couple of good restarts and moved forward a little bit, and unfortunately we went under another car there and caught his back wheel when he moved over a bit.

"It sent me in the air, and it was a bit out of control from there to be honest.

"Once I climbed on the brakes I couldn't do much, it took us out, and it took (James) Moffat out as well, which is really disappointing because the last thing you want to have is for team cars to come together.

"No doubt we are all quite disappointed by that, the car pace was really good, in our car we made really good improvements today.

"That's as good as we could have hoped for from the weekend, we got (Michael) Caruso on the podium, we've now got to focus on Tasmania."

Jack Daniel's Racing

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