KELLY RECOVERY AFTER EARLY RACE CONTACT Jack Daniel's Racing has endured a case of dejÃ vu in the second race of the Sprint Gas Manufacturer's Challenge at the Formula 1 ING Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne today. Todd Kelly was hit from...
KELLY RECOVERY AFTER EARLY RACE CONTACT
Jack Daniel's Racing has endured a case of dejà vu in the second race of the Sprint Gas Manufacturer's Challenge at the Formula 1 ING Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne today.
Todd Kelly was hit from behind and spun by Cameron McConville at the end of the back straight on the opening lap of the 15-lap race.
It is the same corner where team-mate Rick Kelly was hit from behind and spun by another driver in an almost identical incident in yesterday's opening race.
Todd Kelly started from sixth on the grid and was in seventh place then he was spun and dropped to last in the order. But some strong car speed saw him climb back past half the field into 15th place.
Rick Kelly tried a different set-up for today's race on his #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore and found his car a bit of a handful around the 5.303-kilometre circuit.
The 26-year-old stayed out of trouble and finished in a solid 17th position, two spots behind his team-mate.
Both Kelly brothers expect to fair better in tomorrow's third and final race of the weekend, where Todd Kelly will start from 16th place and Rick Kelly from 18th position.
Mark Winterbottom won today's race ahead of Will Davison and Craig Lowdnes.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD:
Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore
"It was a real shame," said Todd Kelly.
"What happened was completely uncalled for and it put us right to the back.
"We've been learning a lot about the car and chipping away at both Jack Daniel's Commodores this weekend and getting them better.
"The pace wasn't too bad. It's always hard around here to push that little bit harder to try and make up positions but the car still seemed to get along quite well and we got by a fair few cars.
"If the contact didn't happen we would have been fighting with the guys up the front instead of up the back so it's a bit of a shame."
Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore
"The Grand Prix is not for points so we are trying some bigger changes than normal," said Rick Kelly.
"The set-up changes we made before that race hurt our pace a bit but also gave us some great feedback on what the car is doing.
"It gave us direction on the car not just for tomorrow's race, but for future events."