Symmons Plains: Jack Daniel's Racing Friday report

RICK KELLY FIFTH FASTEST IN HOT TASMANIA Jack Daniel's Racing driver Rick Kelly has scored the fifth fastest time in practice for the Falken Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains Raceway today. Kelly posted a top five time after adjusting his...

RICK KELLY FIFTH FASTEST IN HOT TASMANIA

Jack Daniel's Racing driver Rick Kelly has scored the fifth fastest time in practice for the Falken Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains Raceway today.

Kelly posted a top five time after adjusting his #15 Jack Daniel's Commodore to warm track conditions, a stark contrast to last year's event at the 2.4-kilometre circuit.

Kelly entered practice with a set-up that was fast at the team's last visit to Tasmania, which came in May in last year's championship, but the warmer November weather meant that recalculations on set-up were necessary.

Todd Kelly was also strong in practice today, posting top three times in the first three practice sessions of the day.

In the final practice session the tyres on the #7 Jack Daniel's Commodore were already well worn, leaving Todd Kelly to settle for 12th fastest as both Jack Daniel's Racing drivers saved all of their new sets of tyres for the two qualifying sessions and races this weekend.

Craig Lowndes was fastest in practice at Symmons Plains today ahead of Steven Richards and Garth Tander.

JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD:

RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Holden Commodore

"It is hotter than we are used to compared to last year when we were here," said Rick Kelly.

"So we were scrambling for a set-up that's going to look after the tyres in hotter conditions.

"We got a fair bit done on the car today in the two practice sessions we had on-track.

"It got a little frustrating running on just one set of tyres, but obviously we save our new tyres for the weekend.

"Towards the end the tyres deteriorated a fair bit, so we put our better set of used tyres on and set some good times.

"The Jack Daniel's Commodore was pretty good and we are pretty happy with that. I just hope that those times are a fair indication of where everyone is at and that we can stay up in the top five in qualifying tomorrow.

"Obviously, we want to move forwards up the order so we will have a good look through things and aim to improve.

"As far as the weather goes, we are looking at the forecast and we have a wet weather set-up and plan in place.

"But it is one of those things where there is no point trying to be a rocket scientist and predict if and when it will rain.

"We are ready for rain and if it rains we will go to the wet set-up. If it's dry, we run with our dry set-up, which today was good enough for the top five."

TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Holden Commodore

"Today wasn't too bad," said Todd Kelly.

"We came out with the JD Comm similar to waht we had here last year but with a few changes that we thought would be improvements given the developments we have donei nthe last 18 months.

"The car was not too bad but we had to tune it tot he track a little bit becauyse the track temperature was a lot hotter than when we wehre here last year.

"I think we chipped away at it and just ran out of tyres towards the end to set a really good time. We've still got a little bit of time to find a little bit more time, both me tidying up my driving to get a better lap time out of it and also the set-up.

"Once we are all out on track on new tyres and everyone has the same tyres I think we can be up there close to Rick, so it's a nice start to the weekend."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Rick Kelly , Craig Lowndes , Todd Kelly , Steven Richards