KELLY BROTHERS AIM FOR CLIPSAL 500 SUCCESS ONE YEAR ON FROM TEAM DEBUT IN ADELAIDE Jack Daniel's Racing drivers Todd and Rick Kelly are aiming at top results at the Clipsal 500 in South Australia this weekend, just one year on from their team's...
KELLY BROTHERS AIM FOR CLIPSAL 500 SUCCESS ONE YEAR ON FROM TEAM DEBUT IN ADELAIDE
Jack Daniel's Racing drivers Todd and Rick Kelly are aiming at top results at the Clipsal 500 in South Australia this weekend, just one year on from their team's debut on the streets of Adelaide.
Twelve months ago the Clipsal 500 represented the first race meeting for the Kelly's brand new four-car V8 Supercar team, with the achievement of rolling the team out for the first time overshadowing Rick Kelly's two top 10 finishes in his #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore.
One year on and already two events into the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series, expectations are high for the brothers from Mildura, Victoria as they aim to deliver Jack Daniel's Racing its first podium finish for the season.
Rick Kelly currently sits sixth in the championship standings with two fourth places finishes aboard his #15 Jack Daniel's Commodore from the championship's recent trip to the Middle East.
The younger of the Kelly brothers, who rates his 2007 Clipsal 500 victory as second only to his Bathurst victories in terms of his career highlights, believes that the team has what it takes to run right at the front in Adelaide this weekend.
But rather than focus on runaway championship leader Jamie Whincup, Kelly is focusing on his own game plan ahead of the gruelling Adelaide event.
"I'm not worried about him," said Rick Kelly of Whincup.
"For us we're just focusing on the job that we are doing ... we're close to getting the most out of our car. We're the closest we've ever been.
"When we're at that point where we can do that then we can definitely challenge Jamie.
"We're not looking at him or getting concerned about him at the moment. They're doing a great job and we need to do the same thing."
Todd Kelly has been without luck at the first two events of the season but like his brother and Jack Daniel's Racing team-mate, he has past success in Adelaide on his side, sharing the podium with Rick in 2007 and taking the Saturday race win that same year.
Todd Kelly says that he has put the disappointment of the Middle East behind him and now he is aiming to outline the rise of the team with top results in Adelaide.
"We've got all the ingredients there to do well for the rest of the year," said Todd Kelly.
"We have just got to go out and do the job that we know we can do.
"My thoughts don't change when I get to an event. I still want to go there and qualify on the front row and win the race. If anything, there is a little bit less pressure because anything we do moving forward will be an improvement so I'm as keen as ever to go out there and get results for Jack Daniel's Racing."
Rick Kelly says that despite the advent of successful new events in Sydney, Townsville and Abu Dhabi, the Clipsal 500 is still second only to the iconic Bathurst 1000 in his eyes.
"It would be the biggest single driver event of the year without a doubt," said Rick Kelly.
"It's the most prestigious event to win other than the endurance events. It's something that we look forward to and it's a tough race as well.
"It's definitely still the toughest race we do. It's two races that are 250 kilometres long and in Adelaide in March it's around the 30-degree mark, which means it's about 55-60 degrees in the car.
"It's also a pretty prestigious event and it's never going to lose that. It's the toughest event and one that is second only to Bathurst from my point of view and that says a lot."
Todd Kelly says that he and brother Rick's team is much more prepared for Adelaide 12 months on from the debut of Kelly Racing.
"We certainly are much better prepared for it this time around and hopefully that shows in our results."
-source: kelly racing