Albert Park: Kelly Racing race 1 report

BARGWANNA CLIMBS TO 15TH IN HECTIC ALBERT PARK OPENER Jason Bargwanna has climbed up the order to finish 15th in a hectic opening race of the BRC IMPCO Challenge at the Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Victoria today. The...

BARGWANNA CLIMBS TO 15TH IN HECTIC ALBERT PARK OPENER

Jason Bargwanna has climbed up the order to finish 15th in a hectic opening race of the BRC IMPCO Challenge at the Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Victoria today.

The Rock Racing driver started from 21st position but managed to keep out of trouble and move up the order in this evening's 13-lap race, that featured tough racing throughout despite this weekend's racing being a non-points event.

Bargwanna finished in 15th place and will start in that same position tomorrow as he aims to push towards the front in his #11 Rock Commodore, with the V8 veteran not surprised at the tough racing on track at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit today.

Tony Ricciardello made a solid start to today's race aboard the #16 Stratco Holden Commodore, but steering damage as a result of contact and a gear selection issue delayed his progress, with the West Aussie classified in 29th position.

James Courtney won today's opening race of the BRC IMPCO Challenge at the Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne today ahead of Garth Tander and Shane van Gisbergen.

KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD

JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:

"Today was a good result," said Jason Bargwanna.

"Obviously we are disappointed about yesterday but we've recovered well and passed five or six cars during the race through overtaking and racing.

"We showed good speed in the Rock Commodore, but towards the end we had a slight oil leak so we will get on top of that overnight.

"There is still room for improvement so we will see how we go tomorrow in the next race.

"It didn't surprise me how hard everyone was racing out there. It's always the same.

"You put this bunch of knuckleheads out there on a race track in race cars and it's always going to be on for young and old (laughs).

"We were pushing very hard and so was everyone around me, I can assure you of that! It was a good old race out there."

TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore:

"I got a fairly good start and I didn't lose any places but then one of the guys came up the inside and gave me a bit of a whack on the right-hand front and it's bent something in the steering," said Tony Ricciardello.

"We were still sticking with the pack but it jumped out of gear under brakes and I ran wide off the track because of that.

"So it's a little bit disappointing not to be further up the track but we will think about things tonight and do a better job tomorrow."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Jason Bargwanna , Tony Ricciardello , Shane van Gisbergen