KELLYS LOOK AHEAD AFTER FALLING SHORT IN TOWNSVILLE Kelly Brothers rate new Townsville event as a massive success Jack Daniel's Racing has suffered a wretched day in the second race of the Dunlop Townsville 400 in far north Queensland ...
KELLYS LOOK AHEAD AFTER FALLING SHORT IN TOWNSVILLE
Kelly Brothers rate new Townsville event as a massive success
Jack Daniel's Racing has suffered a wretched day in the second race of the Dunlop Townsville 400 in far north Queensland today.
Drivers Todd and Rick Kelly are now determined to turn the team's attentions and efforts to bouncing back with a return to the front end of the field at the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge in Melbourne on July 31 to August 2.
Both drivers retired from today's 72-lap race with engine issues.
Rick Kelly was holding down ninth position when he was forced into retirement with only six laps remaining due to engine issues.
Having run as high as fifth and been in the top 10 for almost the entire race after starting from 12th on the grid aboard the #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore, Rick Kelly's engine lost power, forcing him to shut it down and fall painfully short of his eighth top 10 finish from 12 races this season.
Recording his first DNF for the season, Rick Kelly now drops two spots in the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series standings to lie eighth on the points table.
Todd Kelly fell to similar problems in Townsville today, pulling into the Jack Daniel's Racing garage with engine issues on lap 50.
Todd Kelly was only able to qualify in 20th position after a spin on his final attempt at a fast lap in qualifying.
He then showed a sizeable improvement in pace in today's race compared to yesterday, but was caught behind the Safety Car mid-race and trapped almost a lap behind the leaders as a result.
Todd was able to take one positive from today's disappointing race, running at the same pace as the leaders consistently once the #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore was caught on the front of the pack after the Safety Car.
Todd Kelly now drops two spots to sit 21st in the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series standings.
James Courtney won today's race ahead of Jamie Whincup and Garth Tander.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
One the race ...
"I'm not too sure exactly what the drama was," said Rick Kelly.
"There was an engine issue towards the end, which was a shame coming so close to the end of the race.
"We made a few improvements to the Jack Daniel's Commodore overnight and were able to hold our position a lot better than yesterday, but we still had some more improvement to go.
"That gives us good direction for when we come back here next year. But it a bit of a bummer to get a DNF because we will lose some points in the championship, but in saying that we've had a good run to date."
On the event ...
"The support here is amazing," said Rick Kelly.
"We like to win races and we weren't able to get close to that this weekend so we just need to make sure that when we come back here next year we are a lot stronger and we can stand on the podium at this place, because that would be an awesome feeling here in Townsville."
Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
On the race ...
"About the worst thing that can happen for a team is to have both cars not finish," said Todd Kelly.
"Very disappointing and again it's through no lack of preparation or effort. We don't actually know exactly what has happened with both engines just yet. We won't know until we get back to the workshop in Melbourne.
"One positive is that by the end of the weekend we had my Jack Daniel's Commodore pretty much sorted out.
"We struggled for pace all weekend but today our pace today was really strong enough to be top five if strategy went our way.
"So at least we got on top of the car and we can come back to this place next year with a good baseline set-up."
On the event ...
"It's a great little track," said Todd Kelly.
"It's a pretty demanding race to do 72 laps around this place. So fitness comes into it and it's almost comparable to Adelaide. It's a hard place but quite an enjoyable circuit to drive around.
"The support from all the fans here has been absolutely outstanding so this event has really blown everyone away."