RICK KELLY BACKS UP WIN WITH NINTH ON SUNDAY

Pole winner Rick Kelly
Pole winner Rick Kelly

Photo by: Edge Photographics

Jack Daniel’s Racing driver Rick Kelly has backed up his Saturday race win with ninth place in the final race of the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge at Sandown International Raceway in Melbourne, Victoria today.

Kelly scored his 14th top 10 finish for the season, showing that his #15 Jack Daniel’s Commodore had solid pace in dry conditions here at Sandown this weekend, following on from its scintillating wet weather form.

After qualifying in 15th position the 28-year-old progressed steadily up the order, scoring enough points to ensure that he will finish no lower than seventh in this year’s V8 Supercars Championship given that he is now over 300 points ahead of eighth placed Lee Holdsworth.

Jack Daniel’s Racing team-mate Todd Kelly was unable to join his brother in the top 10 in today’s race, after qualifying as the team’s fastest car earlier today in 13th position.

A problem in the front end of the #7 Jack Daniel’s Commodore caused persistent understeer issues, leaving Todd Kelly to soldier on to the finish in the 65-lap race and collect 20th place.

Championship leader Jamie Whincup won today’s race ahead of Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison.

The 14th and final event of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship is the Sydney Telstra 500 held in Sydney Olympic Park in New South Wales on December 2-4.

JACK DANIEL’S RACING QUOTEBOARD

RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore:

“Based off our Friday practice results we changed a lot for Saturday,” said Rick Kelly.

“Then it was wet all day so we obviously didn't get to try it in the dry, but those changes were strong in the wet.

“Today we left it with a similar set-up, but with something a little special in the rear and the car in the race was fantastic.

“The Jack Daniel’s Commodore and the guys working on it did a better job than I did driving it. It took a little while to learn how to drive it with that set-up.

“It was very strong in clear air, but it was hard to take advantage of that given where I qualified. I should have been a little bit higher than that with the car the boys gave me, so we could have raced a little further up the front.

“The 65 laps today went very quickly for me with the car being so good. I'm quite excited about how it felt out there today, it was very strong.”

TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore:

“I'm not sure whether there was a drama with the car or we just did a terrible job of setting it up,” said Todd Kelly.

“The front wheels were coming off the ground all over the place, there was no control whatsoever in the front.

“It might have damaged a damper because it was an absolute nightmare to drive basically right from the start of the race.

“We need to get the #7 Jack Daniel's Commodore back to the workshop and look closely to see what the issue is, but right from the start of today's race I was fully aware that I was in for a bloody long, hard race.”