DAY OF RECOVERIES FOR BARGWANNA AND RICCIARDELLO IN NEW ZEALAND It was a day of recoveries for both Jason Bargwanna and Tony Ricciardello at the ITM 400 at the Hamilton street circuit in Hamilton, New Zealand today. Bargwanna qualified in...
DAY OF RECOVERIES FOR BARGWANNA AND RICCIARDELLO IN NEW ZEALAND
It was a day of recoveries for both Jason Bargwanna and Tony Ricciardello at the ITM 400 at the Hamilton street circuit in Hamilton, New Zealand today.
Bargwanna qualified in 22nd position aboard his #11 Rock Commodore and after making a good start he was caught up in a multi-car incident on the first lap at the Samsung sweeper, a melee that also claimed Kelly Racing team-mate Todd Kelly.
Bargwanna was able to recover to work his way back through the field and finish in 15th place, now turning his attention to tomorrow's 59-lap race.
Tony Ricciardello slipped on oil in qualifying in the #16 Stratco Holden Commodore, making head-on contact with the tyre wall at Bigpond Corner.
The Kelly Racing crew worked hard to get the car back on track in time for this afternoon's race, where Ricciardello rewarded their efforts with a solid drive to scoreb 23rd place, his seventh straight top 25 finish of the season.
Jamie Whincup won today's opening race of the ITM 400 in Hamilton ahead of Garth Tander and James Courtney.
KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD
JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:
"There was a bit of mayhem on that first lap and unfortunately both Todd and I were both in the middle of it," said Jason Bargwanna.
"So we were turned around there but the Rock Commodore still had everything straight and square so we kept going.
"It was a good strategy by the guys and we kept it clean towards the end, picked up a few spots and got a good, solid result.
"I think that the car is probably a top 15 car in terms of speed so if we can get the thing up there in qualifying then we will hopefully turn it into a top 10 car and top 10 result.
"Tomorrow we've got another crack at it. We made some changes today, which we will analyse overnight and hopefully go forward with an even better car set-up for tomorrow."
TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore:
"The guys did a magnificent job today," said Tony Ricciardello.
"We got a bit unlucky in qualifying, running over someone else's oil and I just had no steering.
"It was a bit of a tough day in practice on Friday as well so the team has done a great job to get the Stratco Commodore out there today and get a pretty good result.
"We didn't do as many laps as we would have liked in practice and qualifying so it was good to have a decent run in the race.
"Hopefully tomorrow we can just do a better job in qualifying and not put ourselves under so much pressure for the race.
"We were a little bit unlucky with the Safety Car because we had pretty good position but when it came out at just the wrong time we were trapped a lap down.
"That aspect of the race was a little bit disappointing but today was all about a great job from our team."
-source: kelly racing