DAVID REYNOLDS SCORES FOURTH PLACE IN ABU DHABI
David Reynolds has made a sensational debut for Kelly Racing, scoring a career-best fourth place finish in the second race of the Yas V8 400 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates today.
Reynolds narrowly missed a podium finish aboard the #16 Stratco Commodore, passed by two-time series champion Jamie Whincup on the penultimate lap.
Following a 17th place finish in the opening race of the weekend at the Yas Marina Circuit, Reynolds sits in fifth place in the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship after the first event of the season.
Greg Murphy made it two Kelly Racing cars in the top 10 today with a ninth place finish in the #11 Pepsi Max Commodore.
Murphy admits that there is still much work ahead as he comes to grips with Kelly Racing's Commodores and the team develops its engineering package, but the solid result leaves 'Murph' 14th in the series standings.
Rick Kelly sits 18th in the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship points standings after the opening two races of the season, with Todd Kelly in 24th place.
James Courtney won today's second race of the Yas V8 400 at the Yas V8 400 ahead of Jason Bright and Jamie Whincup.
The second event of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship will be staged on the streets of Adelaide, South Australia when the Clipsal 500 is held on March 17-20.
KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD:
DAVID REYNOLDS - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore
"It's a great way to start 2011," said David Reynolds.
"I've had a year off so I was a little bit rusty this weekend and I've got to pick up my game in qualifying.
"When the Stratco Commodore got here this weekend it wasn't that quick so we made a few adjustments and I worked with my engineer James Small, who is a brilliant person, and we found a good direction to go in for that last race.
"Hopefully this lifts the whole team and they will push me hard to be a better driver. We will work to get some more car speed and we will be aiming for even higher finishing positions.
"Those Triple 8 cars are pretty fast and I couldn't hold off Jamie (Whincup) on the second-to-last lap. He was miles quicker than me.
"The Kelly Racing crew have done an amazing job all weekend, the pit stops have been brilliant and I really can't thank them enough.
"It's such a young team and everyone is working together really well. They are just the best bunch of blokes, they are just really happy and easy to work with."
GREG MURPHY - #11 Pepsi Max Holden Commodore
"We just ground out a top 10 result for the Pepsi Max Crew," said Greg Murphy.
"It was a debacle there at the start. It was bizarre. I was last after the first Safety Car and then it all just came down to fuel strategies and things like that.
"We ended up where we were through good strategy and fuel saving. I can't even remember how it all happened; it was that confusing out there.
"It's nice but I can't really claim it on skill or daring."
TODD KELLY - #7 Holden Commodore
"There was a fair bit of stupidity there at the start that I couldn't avoid," said Todd Kelly.
"I saw (Tony) D'Alberto coming around the outside of me and gave everyone as much room as I could. I don't know what happened but I think he nailed a few blokes and it completely blocked the track in front of me.
"I just scraped through but someone has come tearing in a wrote the back of the car off when I was almost clear. Unfortunately it busted the whole rear end out of it and it ended our day.
"It's certainly a promising start to the year with the pace that we had and, more importantly, the way the car hung onto its tyres, which is really what we are after given we will spend a lot of this year on the soft tyres.
"We will claw our way back."
On the result for Kelly Racing's #11/#16 garage ...
"It's good that if one of us has a bad day there are four of us that can fly the flag for the team," said Todd Kelly.
"Dave has done a fantastic job getting back into the category and the speed he has showed is really promising.
"Rick and I keep saying that to have two guys like Murph and Reynolds pushing us is fantastic for the team and is really going to accelerate our progress for the rest of the year."
RICK KELLY - #15 Holden Commodore
"For the Jack Daniel's Racing side of the garage it's an extremely disappointing day," said Rick Kelly.
"Everyone has worked harder than ever over the break to start this year better than we finished last year. But unfortunately with the change to the soft tyre here in Abu Dhabi it has caught us out and we have lacked pace and then had some dramas that stopped us from getting a good result as we clawed our way back in the races.
"I'm extremely disappointed and frustrated with the results we have got. We have all worked hard to get better results than that so now we are going to go back and work even harder to fix things for Clipsal.
"It's not acceptable and we need the two JD cars to match what the other two Kelly Racing cars are doing and have all four in the top 10. I think that is possible, we've just got to work at it."
On the result for Kelly Racing's #11/#16 garage ...
"It's quite extraordinary," said Rick Kelly.
"Those guys have done an awesome job on everything from car preparation, to the driver's pace, to the pit stops.
"We've all got stuff to work on but to have two cars from Kelly Racing in the top 10 is quite exciting.
"Both Dave and Murph have done an awesome for their first event with us, there is no doubt about that, because it takes some time to settle into the cars.
"I think they have done an awesome job, particularly as all four of our cars haven't had awesome pace early on."
-source: kelly racing