Albert Park: Jack Daniel's Racing preview

GRAND PRIX HIT-OUT HAS BENEFITS FOR TODD AND RICK KELLY Jack Daniel's Racing drivers Todd and Rick Kelly believe that there are plenty of reasons for them to look forward to the non-championship BRC IMPCO V8 Supercar Challenge at the Formula 1...

GRAND PRIX HIT-OUT HAS BENEFITS FOR TODD AND RICK KELLY

Jack Daniel's Racing drivers Todd and Rick Kelly believe that there are plenty of reasons for them to look forward to the non-championship BRC IMPCO V8 Supercar Challenge at the Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Victoria this weekend.

Todd Kelly is one of the best-performed drivers around the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, having scored two races wins and two pole positions at the 5.303-kilometre circuit in previous years.

He will look to emulate those results this weekend aboard this #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore as he aims to convert engineering and set-up lessons learned in Adelaide two weeks ago into on-track results in Melbourne.

Rick Kelly currently sits seventh in the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series standings and with five top 10 finishes from six races so far this season, he describes his start to the season as 'OK'.

Always hungry for further progress, Rick Kelly is keen to use this weekend to further develop his #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore, to put him in a position to charge for race wins when the championship heads to the ITM Hamilton 400 in New Zealand next month.

JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD

TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:

"We really are aiming to get a good result this weekend and throw everything we can at it," said Todd Kelly.

"We had a bit of a play with different things at Clipsal and even though the weekend wasn't the best, after we deciphered everything after the event, we actually learned quite a bit.

"So we're going to apply that at the Grand Prix and hopefully have a good run.

"I really enjoy the place. Over the years I've had a reasonably good run there and back in the HRT days I had a few poles and race wins.

"I enjoy driving the track and it really suits my style of driving. If we get the set-up of the Jack Daniel's Commodore right, there is no doubt we will be up there.

"While it's not a championship round it's no different to any other race for me, so I'm going to have a good crack and really enjoy the weekend."

RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:

"We definitely want to keep the Jack Daniel's Commodores as straight as possible but right now we still have a young team and we need to find more pace," said Rick Kelly.

"There's no secret behind that. The last three events for me have been OK. We've scored reasonable points but I want to be at the point where I'm fighting for a race win and to do that we need to find a little bit more pace from our cars, try a few new things and do a little bit more development.

"The Grand Prix is a great chance for me to do that. We've had a couple of meetings since Adelaide with all of our engineers and we've got some great ideas that we've had in mind for a while and the Grand Prix is a chance for us to implement them.

"So we don't expect to go there and break the sound barrier. When you work on trying new things it could work well straight away or it could take some time to get on top of them, but in the end it's that development work that makes your cars work better and run quicker.

"In saying that it's great to have a round that's local and you can sleep in your own bed. We also get to perform in front of the F1 guys as well so we will be giving it a red-hot go to try and get some results, have a good run and hopefully finish somewhere towards the front."

KEY FACTS:

- Albert Park a happy hunting ground for Todd Kelly ...

* Todd Kelly has won two V8 Supercar races at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, taking out the opening race of the weekend in both 2005 and 2006

* He is also a two-time pole position winner at Albert Park, topping qualifying in both 2005 and 2006

* Rick Kelly's best form at Albert Park came in 2008, when he scored three top four finishes

-source: jack daniel's racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Rick Kelly , Todd Kelly