KELLY BROTHERS SAY NEW TEAM HAS MOST TO GAIN FROM GRAND PRIX HIT-OUT Todd and Rick Kelly agree that they have the most to gain from the non-championship Sprint Gas V8 Supercar Manufacturer's Challenge at the Formula 1 ING Australian Grand Prix...
KELLY BROTHERS SAY NEW TEAM HAS MOST TO GAIN FROM GRAND PRIX HIT-OUT
Todd and Rick Kelly agree that they have the most to gain from the non-championship Sprint Gas V8 Supercar Manufacturer's Challenge at the Formula 1 ING Australian Grand Prix this weekend.
The three races will allow the brothers a great opportunity to develop their two new Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodores, as well as help bond their all-new Kelly Racing operation.
With both their cars and team just one event old, the Kelly brothers see this weekend's non-points event as arriving at a perfect time. It will allow the team to try various set-ups and strategies and allow the crew to gel without the pressure of championship points on the line.
But despite the non-championship status of this weekend's races, both drivers are aiming at top 10 finishes in all races, as well as working hard to ensure that Holden defends its Manufacturer's Challenge crown.
Both drivers have enjoyed considerable success at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in the past, with Rick Kelly finishing in third place in two of the three races at the event last season and Todd Kelly a two-time pole winner and former race winner at the 5.303-kilometre circuit.
Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore
"This weekend is all about learning as much as we can," said Rick Kelly.
"We've got a few things we can improve with the car already, which is fantastic and we can learn to work a little better as a team.
"The GP comes at a fantastic time for us because we are so new and we need just a little more practice working together.
"We'll make better use of that (event) than any other team because we are so new."
Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore
"We just need to keep learning," said Todd Kelly.
"Keep learning how to set these cars up, because there are a few little bit and pieces and a few glitches we are still working through.
"All the things that other teams have built up over a long period of time, like knowledge in all different areas, we need to learn pretty quickly.
"Both Jack Daniel's Commodores are brand new, although mine was a little second after Adelaide, but it will be good as new again for this weekend.
"There is a lot still to learn about the cars, that's for sure, so we will keep getting better and the Grand Prix is a great opportunity to keep learning and improving."