COMMENT FOR JACK DANIEL'S RACING REGARDING NIKON SUPERGP Please see below comment from Jack Daniel's Racing driver Todd Kelly (2006 Gold Coast event winner) and Jack Daniel's Racing Team Manager Joe Bremner regarding this afternoon's...
COMMENT FOR JACK DANIEL'S RACING REGARDING NIKON SUPERGP
Please see below comment from Jack Daniel's Racing driver Todd Kelly (2006 Gold Coast event winner) and Jack Daniel's Racing Team Manager Joe Bremner regarding this afternoon's announcement that next weekend's Nikon SuperGP will consist of four 150-kilometre V8 Supercar races as a result of the withdrawal of the A1GP category from the event program.
Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"I think this year's Gold Coast event will be as good as we've ever had there," said Todd Kelly.
"There are a lot more races for us with our V8 Supercars and there is going to be a lot more action and I've got no doubt that we will put on a show that everybody will be pretty happy with.
"The V8 Supercar Series is really 'hotting up' now.
"We've got guys that are fighting for championships and guys like Rick (Kelly, brother and Jack Daniel's Racing team-mate) and myself that have really come on in this second part of the year in our Jack Daniel's Commodores but are not a chance at the championship.
"We can afford to take a lot more risks than a lot of the cars around us so when it is like this, drivers like us try and capitalise on that at the end of the year and it produces awesome racing, especially at a place that's a concrete tunnel like Surfers.
"It will be a great spectacle. It's an awesome race.
"When you come onto that back straight, if you feel like it you can look out the window and watch the waves crashing on the beach.
"It's a fantastic place and it's probably the best atmosphere that we have at any event we go to all year."
Joe Bremner -- Jack Daniel's Racing Team Manager
"We've put more brakes and wheels in our two transporters before sending them up to Queensland," said Bremner.
"We've also taken more panels and other equipment to allow for the cars running extra races and covering the extra distance.
"Brakes and tyres and the main thing, as the Surfers Paradise street circuit is one of the most demanding circuits we visit in terms of brakes. It's not only the hot temperatures, but also the fact that there are several heavy braking zones each lap.
"Engine mileage and the driveline area of the car is something we will also monitor but we've just come away from Bathurst where all four Kelly Racing cars finished inside the top 20, so we've showed that we can do 1000 kilometres, so 600 kilometres is not a huge drama.
"The next few days will be busy as we reassess our plan for the weekend and determine what race strategy we will employ.
"It's a great event and we're all looking forward to the challenge of this new format.
"It will be very demanding on the drivers and teams but it will certainly be a interesting and exciting event with four V8 Supercar races."