TODD KELLY SCORES FIFTH IN DARWIN Todd Kelly has delivered Jack Daniel's Racing its third top five finish of the 2009 season with fifth place in the opening race of the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin today. Kelly had a...
TODD KELLY SCORES FIFTH IN DARWIN
Todd Kelly has delivered Jack Daniel's Racing its third top five finish of the 2009 season with fifth place in the opening race of the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin today.
Kelly had a consistent day aboard the #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore, qualifying fifth in the Top 10 Shootout earlier in the day before netting the new operation's ninth top 10 finish of the year.
Kelly, who was second fastest in qualifying prior to the shootout, started today's 34-lap race on the soft 'option' tyres before switching to the control tyre at his pit stop on lap 16.
The result moved the 29-year-old up two spots in the V8 Supercar Championship Series standings into 20th position.
Rick Kelly qualified in 18th position aboard his #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore, opting to save his softer 'option' tyres for tomorrow's race.
As a result, Kelly was one of the highest finishing cars in today's race that completed the journey without using the faster soft tyre, keeping that ace up his sleeve for tomorrow.
Jamie Whincup won today's event ahead of Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"That result is pretty good and I couldn't have done a lot better in that race," said Todd Kelly.
"We just lost a couple of spots in pit lane and I drove the car as fast as I could over the distance. That's all we could do today.
"I got messed around a little bit in the lap traffic, which dropped me off the back of the two HRT cars, so unfortunately coudlnt put any pressure on them towards the end.
"This has certainly given us enough info to fine tune the JD Commodore for tomorrow.
"The car feels completely different on the soft tyre to the hard tyre and the car works the tyres a bit differently.
"We don't have to worry about running on two different compounds in tomorrow's race because I don't think we will put the soft set back on. There is not a lot of meat left on them, so we can just concentrate on getting thr car right for the normal tyre.
Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"We are certainly in OK shape for tomorrow as far as tyres go," said Rick Kelly.
"We've got a good set of both soft and hard but it would have been good to finish a little bit higher.
"There are only a couple of cars ahead of us that used hard tyres for the entire race today like we did, so we can look forward to tomorrow, where we should be looking a lot better."