RICK KELLY SCORES ANOTHER FOURTH WITH STRONG DRIVE IN BAHRAIN Rick Kelly has scored his second fourth place finish for the season with a top drive in the second race of the Gulf Air Desert 400 at the Bahrain International Circuit today. Kelly...
RICK KELLY SCORES ANOTHER FOURTH WITH STRONG DRIVE IN BAHRAIN
Rick Kelly has scored his second fourth place finish for the season with a top drive in the second race of the Gulf Air Desert 400 at the Bahrain International Circuit today.
Kelly put in a strong performance aboard the #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore, in the end narrowly losing out in a battle for the final podium position with Shane van Gisbergen.
Kelly retains sixth place in the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series standings after the first four races of the season, all held in the Middle East.
Earlier in the day Kelly qualified in 11th position and he dropped places at the start as he ran wide to avoid a first corner melee.
He then worked his way back up the order, using good car speed to pass the likes of Will Davison, James Courtney and Lee Holdsworth around the 5.41-kilometre circuit.
In the closing laps Kelly was reeling in van Gisbergen, who leap-frogged Kelly in the final series of pit stops, but fell just 1.3997 seconds short of his first podium finish for the season.
Unfortunately today was again another luckless day for Todd Kelly, who qualified in 12th position in his #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore.
Todd Kelly made a fast start from 12th on the grid and picked up several positions on the run to the first corner. Conscious of avoiding further drama, he was cautious through the first corner, only to be hit by Jason Bright as Bright swerved to avoid the spinning Garth Tander.
The impact extensively damaged the front right suspension on the Jack Daniel's Commodore and unfortunately Kelly was forced to retire.
Jamie Whincup won today's second race of the Gulf Air Desert 400 at the Bahrain International Circuit ahead of Mark Winterbottom and van Gisbergen.
The third event of the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series will be held in two weeks time with the Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide in South Australia.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"Today was a good race for us," said Rick Kelly.
"It's an absolutely fantastic result from where we started. I had a tough start with older rubber and the car that Swenno (David Swenson, Race Engineer - #15 Jack Daniel's Holden Commodore) gave me was absolutely faultless.
"The Jack Daniel's Commodore was an absolute dream to drive and with the changes we made we could go a little bit further that way to find a little bit more pace.
"Again we're a little bit late this weekend finding ourselves but at least we did. For both Abu Dhabi and here, when we come back next year we've got a great set-up and we can come back with confidence.
"I should mention two guys out there. Shane van Gisbergen has an unbelievable amount of talent and he drove extremely smart. He let me go there when I was quicker and he beat me because of it. Very smart stuff.
"And it was a bummer that Todd hasn't finished because he's done an awesome job so far this year and he deserves a better result."
QUESTION: In both Abu Dhabi and Bahrain you have made massive improvement from the first race of the weekend to the second. In Adelaide and moving forward, what can you do to make sure you are quick right from the start of the weekend?
"As a team we've never been to these two tracks. We're in the same boat as everyone else there but we don't have as much experience with our cars. Everyone up and down pit lane knows that once you roll the car out of the truck and it's slow, it's extremely hard to get it back up to the top by the end of the weekend and we've been able to do that on both occasions, which proves that we're strong.
"We're going to Adelaide where we've done well before and we can do well again."
Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
QUESTION: Talk us through the incident at Turn 1?
"I got a good start and made a few spots on the way down to the first corner and, like yesterday, all I wanted to do was get around and come out the other side and settle into a groove and look after the car," said Todd Kelly.
"Going into the corner I left over a car-width to the guys on my right and I just didn't want any 'aggro' and there was obviously a crash just in front of me. I went straight off the track to avoid it and even still someone got bumped and thrown sideways into the front of my car.
"I couldn't have done much more than what I did to avoid it. I just can't believe the run we've had over there. We just need to get back home and hopefully we've got rid of all our bad luck here and we have a decent run here at Clipsal."
QUESTION: From a team perspective Rick scored another fourth and Bargs is chipping away. Does that give you confidence that once you get the bad luck out of the way you will be in contention to get some good results?
"The cars have been good. My car was probably the worst out of the four at Abu Dhabi and this weekend it was probably the best out of the four. It was really good in the race yesterday and would have been an improvement today. We just didn't get to show it.
"We're chipping away at it. We'll definitely be in contention for the year. For me, I need to qualify better and win races and not focus on the championship too much now because that's pretty much over and out."
Rick Kelly was penalised 10 championship points following Race 1 in Bahrain as a result of contact with Russell Ingall.
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