Norton Nissan duo takes double top 10 result at Winton

Caruso and Moffat finished 8th and 9th respectively.

Norton Nissan drivers Michael Caruso and James Moffat have finished the Winton V8 Supercars event with a double top 10 result.

Caruso and Moffat finished 8th and 9th respectively, banking them valuable championship points after an up and down day yesterday.

The results have elevated Caruso up to 14th in the championship, one point and one place ahead of Moffat.

Relative to qualifying positions, Todd Kelly made up the most spots during the race, storming from 23rd to finish 13th, just one place ahead of his brother Rick.

Michael Caruso
Michael Caruso

Photo by: Edge Photographics

Rick started seventh but was forced to comeback through the field after he was forced to serve a drive through penalty for speeding in pit lane. While the former Bathurst winner was adamant that he did not break the rules, he took the penalty and fought from the back to finish 14th.

The next event on the V8 Supercars Championship takes Nissan Motorsport across the Tasman to New Zealand for the ITM 500 at Pukekohe Park Raceway in three weeks time.

Michael Caruso, #36 Norton Nissan Altima

“It was good to move up from 14th in qualifying, but while it was nice to bag some good points, we’re having some real set-up issues, and that’s hurting us,” said Michael Caruso.

“We saw these balance issues and Symmons Plains and we’ve seen them here again. We need to get some work down before New Zealand, and it’s really costing us.

“Last year here at Winton, we were first and second, and this year, we’ve dropped back, so I think it shows how much everyone else is improving.”

James Moffat, #360 Norton Nissan Altima

“I’m a bit surprised that we ended up in the top 10. We struggled in the first stint of the race, but our competitiveness really improved in the final two stints,” said James Moffat.

“We benefited from a few people having dramas, but the important thing is that you’re there to capitalise on those errors. We did that, so that was a good thing for us.

“We had a clean run in the race, but you can see in the results how much our competition has moved forward.

“I feel we have a lot of work to do, but we have a smart bunch of people at Nissan Motorsport to be able to work our way through our issues.”

Rick Kelly, #15 Jack Daniel’s Nissan Altima

"I'm so proud of the team today, we did a really good job overnight of rectifying the handling issues from yesterday, both for qualifying and for the race," said Rick Kelly.

"EP (Erik Pender) and the guys just thought about it logically, and they gave me such a great car, in qualifying it was as capable as anyone's in my opinion, we started seventh which wasn't too bad.

"In the race I was just really looking after the tyres and just really being cautious to not do anything wrong.

"Look, we were given a penalty, and from what the guys say it was crossing the (pit lane speed) line.

"I took particular care this time, so I can't wait to get the data out of that car and actually have a look at the vision, because I am adamant we absolutely weren't speeding across the line.

"We had the same thing in Adelaide, and we have the data from that, and really in our mind it proves our innocence there as well.

"I'm looking forward to the explanation, because really today it took an opportunity away for us to get a fantastic result, which the team really deserves.

"So promising pace, but really disappointing how the whole weekend played out as far as the sport's concerned from a judicial standpoint."

Todd Kelly, #7 Jack Daniel’s Nissan Altima

"We had a hard qualifying this morning, it's not ideal to start back in 23rd position around this place because as it is so hard to pass," said Todd Kelly.

"We had a good think about it and changed setups for the race, and it was a good improvement to the car.

"It felt half alright for a change to be able to pass some guys instead of just getting stuck behind them.

"We definitely improved the car, and it's given us a bit of info to take away, and hopefully not make the same mistakes next time."

Jack Daniel’s Racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Rick Kelly , Todd Kelly , Michael Caruso , James Moffat
Teams Nissan Motorsport
Article type Race report
Tags james moffat, michael caruso, rick kelly, todd kelly, winton