Winton: Kelly Racing race 1 report

BARGWANNA AND RICCIARDELLO FIGHT ON AT WINTON Kelly Racing drivers Jason Bargwanna and Tony Ricciardello have fought hard on deteriorating soft tyres in the opening race of the sixth round of the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series at Winton...

BARGWANNA AND RICCIARDELLO FIGHT ON AT WINTON

Kelly Racing drivers Jason Bargwanna and Tony Ricciardello have fought hard on deteriorating soft tyres in the opening race of the sixth round of the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series at Winton Motor Raceway in rural Victoria today.

Bargwanna started from 21st position aboard his #11 Rock Holden Commodore in today's 40-lap race.

Bargwanna, racing in his 150th V8 Supercar event this weekend, pitted early in the race on lap 14 to get out of the frenetic pack racing and run in clear air.

The strategy moved him up the order but as his rear tyres wore badly, Bargwanna dropped back down the order to finish in 23rd position.

Tony Ricciardello showed some of his best race pace of the season aboard the #16 Stratco Holden Commodore, but again qualifying speed and getting the most of a new tyre over a flying lap proved his weakness.

After qualifying 29th the V8 Supercar rookie moved up the order, passing cars and showing consistent race pace, but an off-track excursion dropped him back down the order. He recovered to finish in 27th place.

James Courtney won today's 40-lap race ahead of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup.

KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD

JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:

"We will take the positives out of today and we set one of the fastest laps of the race today in the Rock Commodore," said Jason Bargwanna.

"Towards the end of the race we just ran out of rear tyres. We moved up a fair bit but just couldn't hang onto it.

"Tomorrow's race is going to be longer and tougher so we will have to do some work on the car tonight.

"We blew out almost seven seconds a lap from doing 1:23s to 1:30s by the end. It's difficult with these tyres dropping off so much.

"It's hard to know how hard to push to conserve them. In this race we pitted early to try to get track position but we just couldn't hold on in the end."

TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Startco Holden Commodore:

"Our pace in the race was probably quicker than our qualifying times," said Tony Ricciardello.

"We were pretty happy with that. Again, we've just got to get on top of doing a better job and refining the set-up for qualifying.

"Hopefully we've made a good change and tomorrow morning we can make a bit of qualifying.

"In terms of the race, the Stratco Commodore showed good pace and we passed cars and were up amongst it.

"The race pace is there but we have to improve on qualifying."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Tony Ricciardello