Symmons Plains: Jack Daniel's Racing race 1 report

TODD AND RICK KELLY LOOK TO IMPROVEMENT FOR SUNDAY Jack Daniel's Racing drivers Todd and Rick Kelly will work hard on improvement for Sunday's 200-kilometre race after midfield finishes at the Falken Tasmania Challenge in Launceston...

TODD AND RICK KELLY LOOK TO IMPROVEMENT FOR SUNDAY

Jack Daniel's Racing drivers Todd and Rick Kelly will work hard on improvement for Sunday's 200-kilometre race after midfield finishes at the Falken Tasmania Challenge in Launceston today.

Rick Kelly scored a 14th place finish in the 50-lap race at Symmons Plains Raceway today in his #15 Jack Daniel's Commodore, followed home by brother Todd in the #7 Jack Daniel's Commodore.

The team-mates have also identified better form in qualifying as crucial to an improved performance on Sunday, in a race that could be shaped by wet weather if forecasts prove to be correct.

Craig Lowndes won today's race at Symmons Plains Raceway ahead of Garth Tander and Greg Murphy.

JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD:

RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Holden Commodore

"We had qualifying dramas when we got held up," said Rick Kelly.

"We did not get the best out of the Jack Daniel's Commodore in qualifying and had to start back in 17th unfortunately, which hurt us.

"It was always going to be tough from there but we made a couple of spots off the line. Then at the hairpin I chose to go the low line and I lost a few spots in the traffic as cars passed around the outside.

"Then in the pit stop we gained a few spots due to a good strategy call by 'Swenno' (#15 Jack Daniel's Commodore Race Engineer David Swenson). I think we picked up three spots there.

"Everyone was doing the same pace out there on the soft tyre and it was impossible to make a big gain in that form of racing.

"I think what we learned today is that we need to qualify a lot higher tomorrow."

TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Holden Commodore

"I got a knock to the back of my car in that second lap crash, which pushed me into the back of Rick, but I survived the silly stuff at the start," said Todd Kelly.

"I was just trying to look after the tyres in the early part of the race and did some pretty quick lap times in the middle.

"But at the end of the day our pace was just nowhere near where it should have been. We were around 3 tenths off the leaders per lap and that's all we had.

"We've got a pretty good indication of what we need to do tot he car for tomorrow. We are losing a fair bit of time in a couple of corners with the way the car is behaving on the soft tyres.

"We are confident we can have a better run tomorrow."

-source: kelly racing

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