Phillip Island: Kelly Racing preview

EXPERIENCE AND YOUTH HEADS TO PHILLIP ISLAND FOR KELLY RACING Kelly Racing will have an exciting mix of experience and youth at the L&H 500 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this weekend. The team's ...


Kelly Racing will have an exciting mix of experience and youth at the L&H 500 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this weekend.

The team's #11 Rock Commodore will see 2000 Bathurst 1000 winner Jason Bargwanna and two-time V8 Supercars champion Glenn Seton team up, their experience only matched by the car #888 entry of Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife.

In his first V8 Supercar start since the 2008 Bathurst 1000, Seton will race at one of his most successful venues, with three pole positions and seven previous race wins at the 4.445-kilometre seaside circuit.

Meanwhile, Tony Ricciardello and Taz Douglas will both suit up for their second L&H 500 this weekend in the #16 Stratco Commodore.

Ricciardello shone in the endurance events last season and the West Aussie is determined to again show strong pace and score good results in the longer, two driver events.

For Douglas, his inclusion in the Kelly Racing endurance squad caps a remarkable comeback to motorsport, having been forced onto the sidelines in the first half of the year while receiving chemotherapy treatment for Burkitt's Lymphoma.


JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:

"Phillip Island has always been a circuit where every drive loves to race," said Jason Bargwanna.

"It's a joint that really excites you coming onto the straight and it's fast all the way through Turn 1.

"It's quite exciting as the first of the endurance events. Last year I was quite competitive there and we were in a good position until we had power steering failure that put us out of the race.

"I live in Warragul, about 45 minutes drive from Phillip Island, and I can assure you that the weather will play into things over the course of the weekend.

"Where I live the weather changes every 30 minutes so I've got no doubt that it's going to be quite exciting this weekend."

GLENN SETON - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:

"Phillip Island is a great track and it's been kind to me over the years as I've had good results there in the past," said Glenn Seton.

"I've also been flown out of the place in a helicopter after a testing crash, so it can also bite you because it's a very, very fast circuit.

"I'm really looking forward to this event. Bargs and I have been working really well together as a combination and our test last week went to plan.

"I'm feeling good in the Rock car and I think we've got the potential to do really well here this weekend."

TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore:

"I am really focused and determined to make it a strong season of endurance for the Stratco Commodore," said Tony Ricciardello.

"The biggest thing is the stay out of trouble and that applies to every car out there, no matter how fast you are.

"These races require a different approach and you also have to have some luck go your way as well out there.

"The entire team has been putting in an enormous effort over the break in preparation for a big effort at these three endurance races.

"I'm very keen to turn those efforts into good results in the endurance races, starting this weekend at Phillip Island."

TAZ DOUGLAS - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore:

"Phillip Island is a great track and I've done a lot of laps around there in Formula Ford," said Taz Douglas.

"It's going to be good to go back there now after I raced a V8 there for the first time last year. The first session I will be able to get straight into it because the first step is already over. Last year was my first time there in a V8 and first practice session is almost a waste of time while you get up to speed.

"You get there by the end of the weekend but by that time it's over, so I'm looking forward to getting straight into it this year.

"It's great to have Rick, Todd and all the team there to bounces ideas off and help me with problems. I really like this track with its high speeds and fast, flowing corners.

"I'm not sure what to expect but I haven't got any expectations at the moment, I'm just going to see how we go. I'm just working really hard to do the best job that I can.

"If Tony and I are consistent and stay out of trouble there is no reason why we can't get the Stratco Commodore right up there. All the Kelly Racing cars are the same so if Todd, Rick and the others are going quick, there is no reason why we can't be, we just need to play it smart."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Glenn Seton , Tony Ricciardello , Taz Douglas , Phillip Island