Double Top 10 For Jack Daniel's Racing At Surfers Paradise
Jack Daniel’s Racing has finished with both black and white Commodores inside the top 10 in the final race of the Armor All Gold Coast 600 at the Surfers Paradise street circuit in Queensland, Australia today.
Rick Kelly and Jörg Bergmeister finished in fifth place aboard the #15 Jack Daniel’s Commodore, Kelly’s 12th top 10 finish for the season.
After starting from 14th place on the grid for today’s 102-lap race, Bergmeister drove the car up into the top 10 in the first stint, with Kelly then progressing into the top five in a race marred by kerb-hopping issues.
A charging drive saw Todd Kelly and Richard Westbrook come from a lap down to grab ninth place, after a drive through penalty and flat spotted tyre delayed the #7 Jack Daniel’s Commodore in Westbrook’s opening stint.
Mark Winterbottom and Richard Lyons won the final race of the Armor All Gold Coast 600 today ahead of Jamie Whincup and Sebastien Bourdais, with Lee Holdsworth and Simon Pagenaud in third place. Bourdais was awarded the Dan Wheldon Memorial Trophy for the top international driver over both this weekend’s races.
The 12th event of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship is the Falken Tasmania Challenge at the Symmons Plains Raceway near Launceston on November 11-13.
JACK DANIEL’S RACING QUOTEBOARD
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore:
“I was very frustrated with yesterday because we were in good line for third there for a little bit but we just didn’t quite have the car and a few other slight problems put us a little bit further back,” said Rick Kelly.
“Today I'm very happy with fifth. We didn't quite have the car to get in the top three but I can tell you it was only a shock click or a couple of millimetre difference in the roll centre and we would have been right up there.
“The guys should be very, very proud of that. I'm ecstatic with the job Jörg did as well. He is a true gentleman and has been a pleasure to have in the team all weekend. I'd love to have him back.
“Four cars in the top 11 for the team as a whole is probably our best ever result. For Murph to have moved to within three points of 10th in the championship is an outstanding effort from the bad luck he had at the start of the year.
“All four cars should be very proud with that. It shows good strength and gives us good confidence heading into the next one.
Rick Kelly comment on kerb issues in Sunday race ...
“The lap record got smashed and we know why,” said Rick Kelly.
“From my point of view it's not racing when it's like that because the more you hop the kerbs the more you can attack others.
“It happened to me and we did it to others as well. The tyre bundles weren't ideal but it was the same for everyone and very fair racing. I guess I'm a little bit disappointed with that but I'm sure they will fix it for next time.”
JÖRG BERGMEISTER - #15 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore:
“I got off to a solid start, did an OK job in my first stint and came in about 10th at the end of my turn,” said Jörg Bergmeister.
“Rick took over and did a great job, came out in fifth at the end with a good Jack Daniel’s car and good strategy, so there is not much more I can ask for.
“We were not quite quick enough for a podium but I really enjoyed the experience of coming over here. Hopefully it wont be the last time!”
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore:
“Richard did a fantastic job all weekend but he had a really hard time there at the start of that race, the poor bloke,” said Todd Kelly.
“We ended up a lap down early on. The team did a fantastic job, especially my engineer Brendan (Hogan), to get me back onto the end of the train to get our lap back
“We did that and then just pressed on as hard as we could from there and got to ninth, which is a fantastic result from a lap down.
“The Jack Daniel’s Commodore was fantastic. I just worked the tyres a little bit too hard early on in that last stint to try and get some positions and didn't quite have it as the end.
“The car was certainly good enough to drive around in the top few as far as the pace it had.
“We are starting to make a fair bit of progress there and it's a shame we qualified back a little way, I just couldn’t get it around the two tight corners on the track in qualifying. Other than that the car was really fast and it was awesome in the race.”
Todd Kelly comment on kerb issues in Sunday race ...
“It was pretty insane there in that last stint with the amount of air and the amount of kerb that we were getting away with over the back was pretty crazy,” said Todd Kelly.
“We were a gear up right through the back there and the biggest drama was trying to stop the thing for the next corner because you had so much pace on.
“That was insane. It was really good fun!”
RICHARD WESTBROOK - #7 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore:
“We had to come back from really far back today,” said Richard Westbrook.
“Someone made a really bad start in front of me and we lost many positions at the start.
“Then it was just like yesterday, I started coming through again. The Jack Daniel’s Commodore was really strong and I was doing lots of overtaking.
“Then unfortunately I came up behind (Augusto) Farfus and he closed the door on me. I just tapped him and unfortunately he spun and I got a drive through (penalty) for it.
“We had a flat spot on the front left as a result of that so we had to change the tyres and I found myself out with the 'main game' drivers.
“It was really good, I was really enjoying it and our lap times were great.
“We got Todd in and he did just a great job, he got us out of jail today. He got back on the lead lap and up to ninth.
“I’m a little bit disappointed about the drive through but really pleased with the result.
“I just so enjoyed working with everyone at Kelly Racing, particularly Todd and my Jack Daniel's Racing crew.
“Really looking forward to coming back one day.”