FAST START FOR TODD KELLY IN NEW ZEALAND Todd Kelly has given Jack Daniel's Racing a fast start to the Hamilton 400 in practice for Round 2 of the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series in New Zealand today. Kelly was fastest in the first two...
FAST START FOR TODD KELLY IN NEW ZEALAND
Todd Kelly has given Jack Daniel's Racing a fast start to the Hamilton 400 in practice for Round 2 of the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series in New Zealand today.
Kelly was fastest in the first two segments of practice around the 3.4-kilometre street circuit today and is confident that the strong pace of the #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore will continue tomorrow.
In the final segment of practice, Kelly opted not to use another set of new tyres in a session where the track was faster, as tyre bundles marking the back straight chicane were removed.
Brother Rick Kelly is confident of a better showing tomorrow aboard the #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore.
The 26-year-old was ill overnight and was still 'under the weather' with the bug during practice today. After treatment from medical staff he is off to bed early to rest up and recuperate for tomorrow's qualifying and opening race.
Will Davison was fastest in the final practice session in New Zealand today ahead of Jason Richards and Alex Davison.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
QUESTION: You must be pleased with this strong start to the weekend for Jack Daniel's Racing?
"The Jack Daniel's Commodore was good in the first session and we tried a completely different set-up for the second session and the car was still good, even better in a lot of places," said Todd Kelly.
"In the final session, again, the car was good and we just ran out of tyres because we also ran in Part A (of practice), which a lot of other guys didn't.
"We started to lose too much grip. We could have had a crack at doing a better time but we didn't want to put another set of tyres on. We wanted to focus on qualifying.
"So we got another set of brakes roaded to make sure we are right for tomorrow.
"When we throw another set of tyres at it tomorrow the car should be extremely competitive."
QUESTION: You were fastest in Part A and Part B of practice today, both sessions where there were tyre bundles on the back chicane. For Part C the tyres were removed. Do you think the tyres will be back tomorrow?
"Well, if they leave those tyres off the chicane it will be fun," said Todd Kelly.
"It will be a toss up between getting pole or tearing the front of the car out because anybody can go through there probably without braking and drive straight over it.
"If the tyres aren't there and you want to put the thing on the front row you are going to have to do that.
"It's a pretty scary thought if they let the qualifying session start without them.
"You're going to have to go over it as hard as you can otherwise you will be nowhere.
"The Jack Daniel's Commodore has been fast all day. Whether the tyres are there (on the back chicane) or not isn't really going to affect our performance.
"If they're not there I'll go as hard as anybody else through the chicane. We'll just see what happens."
Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"The Jack Daniel's Commodore feels quite good," said Rick Kelly.
"I was ill overnight, which has cost us a bit of time. Unfortunately I don't feel that great in the car.
"As a young team we are trying to move forward quite quickly and with that I've tried a couple of things on the car and that's been a big learning curve.
"We've been trying to get used to those changes and they've proved to be pretty successful at the moment, which is quite promising for this weekend/.
"The last bit of the session a lot of guys took advantage of the back chicane there and the lack of tyres (on the kerbs).
"We're pretty close to those guys and I think we'll be able to get up there tomorrow."