RICK KELLY LEADS LAPS BUT SOFT TYRES FADE AT SANDOWN Jack Daniel's Racing driver Rick Kelly has again emphasised the speed and potential of the new team at the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge in Melbourne today. Kelly led three laps and ran in...
RICK KELLY LEADS LAPS BUT SOFT TYRES FADE AT SANDOWN
Jack Daniel's Racing driver Rick Kelly has again emphasised the speed and potential of the new team at the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge in Melbourne today.
Kelly led three laps and ran in the top five for the majority of today's 65-lap race, but the timing of a Safety Car went against the dual Bathurst winner and fading soft 'option' tyres saw him fall down the order late in the race.
Kelly qualified in fourth position, climbing to eventually take the lead by starting on his unused soft tyres before pitting on lap 15.
Kelly switched to the harder 'control' tyre for the middle stint of the race, planning to revert back to the soft tyres to make for a fast finish to the race.
When a Safety Car came out on lap 29, Kelly made his final pit stop, but was left with another 35 laps to complete the race on the soft tyres.
With the Safety Car coming out too early to suit the strategy of the #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore, Kelly was forced to race 50 laps on his soft tyres today. If the Safety Car had come out even 10 laps later, the result could have been much different.
Todd Kelly had a hectic race aboard his #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore after qualifying in 11th place earlier today.
Todd Kelly was left to race hard in the midfield for most of today's race, suffering from contact on several occasions, soldiering on to finish in 18th place. Pit strategy and Safety Car timing also went against Todd today.
Garth Tander won today's race ahead of Will Davison and Jamie Whincup.
The next event in the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series will be at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich on 21-23 August 2009.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"You can't judge when the Safety Cars are going to come out and unfortunately there was one at the wrong time for our strategy and we had to put the softs on too early," said Rick Kelly.
"We had a really fast Jack Daniel's Commodore in qualifying and the early part of the race, but unfortunately the plan to finish the race on the softs didn't work out.
"It's just a bit of bad luck unfortunately. We played our cards and unfortunately they were the wrong ones on the day. It was just bad luck, so there's not much we can do about it.
"One thing that did interest me was that we got a bad sportsmanship flag and I only blocked once. When Garth was in front of us he blocked four or give times up the back straight and didn't get one. I'm a bit confused about how that works."
Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"You never enjoy racing for positions around 20th all day
"I went past a few blokes and a few past me back and I sort of hovered around the midfield after we had a few dramas getting caught out with doing a pit stop at the wrong time.
"At the end of the day, after a good day yesterday, the car wasn't good enough today to do the job and we need to work harder for the next one."