Bathurst 1000: Jack Daniel's Racing Thursday notes



Rick Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:

"Today we went through our plan and worked at what is going to suit our Jack Daniel's Commodore in terms of race car set-up, so it was more about planning for Sunday than getting outright pace over one lap.

"We learned quite a bit and obviously this is our first year at Bathurst as a new team. For me I've only driven one sort of car here so it's a little different.

"We made some good gains today and learned quite a bit.

"We need to work on making a couple of changes to get some more pace out of it but we're pretty confident that we can get it up the front when we turn our attention to qualifying tomorrow.

"We made one set-up change where we went the wrong way on our new tyre run, so that hurt our lap time today but it gives us a clear direction on what to do for tomorrow. So it's good to learn these things early in the weekend."

Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:

"The priority today was to try and get a good race car set-up on our Jack Daniel's Commodore," said Todd Kelly.

"We didn't use any new tyres until right at the end, so we tuned the car on very low grip level, which is a good thing for the race.

"We got the car better and better and in the end it was quite good on old tyres. Then we put the new ones on and it was just a little bit too much in that direction for the massive change in grip level.

"So it wasn't an ideal car on green tyres. We've got a really good idea now of the extremes from old tyres to new so now we will hopefully suit us in qualifying tomorrow."

Ben Collins - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:

"I think this track is fantastic and it's lived up to everything that people have told me and even more," said Ben Collins.

"It's very challenging. The first day is the hardest part, I hope, because I'm learning the track and also trying to get the car balanced.

"I'm building up the speed and at the moment I've got a lot to make up, but it's only day one so I can come at it tomorrow with a better idea of the whole thing."

Nathan Pretty - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:

"A big thing today was trying to get Ben a lot of miles in the car.

"He certainly got a lot faster over the course of the day and his nerves have gone away. It's a pretty daunting place.

"Just for me today was about getting laps under my belt. I did the first new tyre run that I've done in a long time, so I didn't get anywhere near enough out of the tyres.

"We've got a reasonably happy set-up going with our car so we're happy about today."

-credit: jdr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Ben Collins , Nathan Pretty , Rick Kelly , Todd Kelly