TODD KELLY SEVENTH AFTER PROMISING START FOR JACK DANIEL'S RACING Todd Kelly has finished in seventh place in the final race of the Falken Tasmania Challenge on a day of promise for Jack Daniel's Racing at Symmons Plains Raceway near ...
TODD KELLY SEVENTH AFTER PROMISING START FOR JACK DANIEL'S RACING
Todd Kelly has finished in seventh place in the final race of the Falken Tasmania Challenge on a day of promise for Jack Daniel's Racing at Symmons Plains Raceway near Launceston today.
Kelly posted a solid result to score his fifth top 10 finish for the season aboard the #7 Jack Daniel's Commodore, but it could have been even better.
Both Todd and brother Rick Kelly qualifed in the top 10 earlier in the day, with Rick sixth fastest and Todd seventh in wet conditions.
The start of today's 84-lap race also saw wet conditions and the Jack Daniel's Commodores showed great pace, both moving into the top five at various stages.
But brake problems curtailed the pace of both drivers, with Todd Kelly able to recover from fading brakes mid-race to score seventh.
For Rick Kelly the brake problems, caused by brake 'blanking' plates fitted to the cars for wet conditions, were much worse and ended any chance of a good result for the #15 Jack Daniel's Commodore.
Shortly after Kelly was spun around by Tim Slade at the hairpin, he was forced to bring his wounded car into the pit garage for extensive repairs to his overheating front brakes.
The Jack Daniel's Racing crew made repairs in time to return Rick Kelly to the track and complete enough laps to be classified as a finisher in 25th place.
Rick Kelly maintains seventh place in the 2010 V8 Supercars Championship Series points standings while Todd Kelly sits in 18th place.
V8 Supercars will race next weekend at Sandown International Raceway in Melbourne, Victoria for the Norton 360 Challenge.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD:
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Holden Commodore
"We didn't have too bad a race in the end," said Todd Kelly.
"I squeezed everything out of it but we had some brake issues at the start of the race.
"We had brake 'blanks' in the brake ducts for the wet conditions at the start of the race. But when the track dried out and we were working the brakes hard on the soft tyres we were really struggling.
"My Jack Daniel's Commodore was really good at the start. For the first few laps I was all over the cars in front of me and we were looking good.
"I was having a real go to try and get past but soon the front brakes started to overheat and I was stuck with that problem for the entire stint until we could pit and remove the 'blanking' plates.
"With the front brakes so hot I was just locking rears everywhere and I was caning the brakes and the tyres, which made it hard to come back from that at the end of the race.
"There was a bit of potential there and in the first part of the race we were on track for a podium finish, but seventh is a solid effort from the team and certainly a decent finish."
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Holden Commodore
"It was a pretty exciting day from the outset, with a good team effort in qualifying," said Rick Kelly.
"I think we could have been even higher up the grid but I've only got myself to blame for that as I feel we could have gone even quicker out there.
"The race was tracking along pretty well in the first stint. The first Safety Car didn't quite go our way but in that situation some times you win and some times you lose.
"But after that we had a pretty serious brake failure. I'm not exactly sure of the cause just yet.
"We found a lot of rubber in the brake ducts and they overheated quite a bit and eventually caught fire.
"I'm disappointed because we really want to move up into the top five in the championship but results like we got this weekend certainly don't help that situation."
-source: kelly racing