Townsville: Jack Daniel's Racing race 1 report

JACK DANIEL'S RACING SURVIVES TOUGH DAY IN TOWNSVILLE Jack Daniel's Racing team-mates Todd and Rick Kelly have survived a tough opening race at the Sucrogen Townsville 400 in far north Queensland today. The Kelly brothers did not enjoy a...

JACK DANIEL'S RACING SURVIVES TOUGH DAY IN TOWNSVILLE

Jack Daniel's Racing team-mates Todd and Rick Kelly have survived a tough opening race at the Sucrogen Townsville 400 in far north Queensland today.

The Kelly brothers did not enjoy a stellar day in their Jack Daniel's Commodores today, but brought both cars home to the finish to score valuable championship points and allow their crew to concentrate on improvements for tomorrow.

Rick Kelly came home in 15th place today, running in the top 10 for most of the day but fading in the late stages. The drink bottle system failed in Kelly's #15 Jack Daniel's Commodore, making it tough work for the two-time Bathurst winner in the Townsville heat today.

Todd Kelly also showed top 10 potential and in the opening stages both brothers were on a charge after making a strong start from 12th and 13th on the grid after Todd narrowly edged out Rick in qualifying.

But Todd Kelly's #7 Jack Daniel's Commodore suffered bad rear tyre wear in today's race, seeing him drop down the order as he lost rear grip around the 2.86-kilometre circuit. He finished 17th in a result good enough to lift him one place to 18th in the series points standings.

Jamie Whincup won today's 72-lap race in Townsville ahead of Garth Tander and Mark Winterbottom.

JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD

RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:

"We were in the top 10 for most of the race but towards the end our tyres were not as good as our first two sets and we couldn't maintain good pace," said Rick Kelly.

"The car has got a couple of really good characteristics, which is enabling me to get around the corners reasonably well.

"We've just got a few 'niggly' bits that we need to tune because we've got a bit of oversteer in a couple of corners

"So if we can fix that and get it to look after the tyres better then we should be able to maintain a better lap time.

"Together with that I don't think I did a very good job in qualifying so if we qualify well inside the top 10 tomorrow I think we can finish right up there.

"We also had my drink bottle fail in the car today so it was tough work out there. I'll work hard tonight to re-hydrate and get my body right so that I'll be back to brand new for tomorrow."

TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:

"That was quite a hard race," said Todd Kelly.

"You don't get a lot of time to rest around this track and when you are really fighting the car for 200 kilometres it makes it quite a hard race.

"It was a really frustrating one. There were guys that were catching me and passing me that shouldn't have been and it makes it frustrating out there in the car.

"So we need to do a fair bit of work on the rear of the car for tomorrow. I don't know whether there is something going on with the tyres because earlier on in the weekend we had the opposite problem with the car. But today in qualifying and the race it's changed quite a bit.

"So we need to get our heads around what is going on and makes changes to the car to make it look after its rear tyres, because at the moment we are really killing the rear tyres."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Rick Kelly , Jamie Whincup , Todd Kelly , Mark Winterbottom