Townsville: Kelly Racing preview

BARGWANNA FORGES NEW DIRECTION IN TOWNSVILLE Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna will forge his own set-up direction at the Sucrogen Townsville 400 in far north Queensland this weekend as the V8 veteran looks to improve his pace. Bargwanna has...

BARGWANNA FORGES NEW DIRECTION IN TOWNSVILLE

Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna will forge his own set-up direction at the Sucrogen Townsville 400 in far north Queensland this weekend as the V8 veteran looks to improve his pace.

Bargwanna has worked closely with team-mates Todd and Rick Kelly and Tony Riccardello so far this year, as all four Kelly Racing drivers shared set-up knowledge and data.

That level of cooperation will continue, but for Bargwanna and Race Engineer Stuart McDonald, Townsville will see the #11 Rock Commodore head in a more independent direction on car set-up.

While the driving styles of the Kelly brothers and Bargwanna are similar, Bargwanna will adopt a different set-up this weekend as he aims to tailor his car to more specifically to his own driving style.

Meanwhile, Stratco Racing driver Tony Ricciardello has had his first look at the Reid Park circuit in Townsville today.

The West Australian driver walked the track with his more experienced team-mates as he continues to improve during his rookie V8 Supercar season.

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JASON BARGWANNA - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:

"We need to get back to getting good results with the Rock car," said Jason Bargwanna.

"It's an important weekend for us. We've got a few different things in our set-up now.

"It's been different preparation for this race for Stuart (McDonald, #11 Rock Commodore Race Engineer) and I, because at the last few race meetings we've been following the same set-up strategy as both Rick and Todd.

"But we're going to go it alone in terms of our strategy and with the set-up for Townsville, to try something different to become more competitive.

"With that there have been many meetings, phone calls, emails and we've overlaid and examined a lot of data.

"We've spent a lot of time analysing video footage from last year and we're trying to work out whether we can make the car work with what we think is going to be a good set-up.

"Then we want to maximise that in the race and come out with a result that we can all be very proud of.

"I've got no doubt that there are some similarities with what Todd and Rick do compared to what I do, but there are some differences as well.

"So we have just got to really try to work on maximising the car for my style and for the things that I like.

"Our driving styles are very similar but we've had to really think hard about it because it's not like we are a mile off the pace, but in what is no doubt the most competitive time in V8 Supercars history, to be four tenths of a second off pole and be in the 20s on the grid is not what we want.

"It's not that we are doing a bad job, but we've got to do a better job. So we've really analysed things and broken it down even further.

"It doesn't take much of a gain to see you leap 10 spots up the order because it's so close.

"We're not looking for seconds here, we're looking for tiny gains on each corner to pick up one piece of time here and one piece there.

"It took me six months last year at Tasman at a new team to really start getting solid results. My second half of last year was quite strong.

"Again it's taken us some time this year. We've had moments we've been really happy with and other times where we've been shaking our heads.

"We'll get there, we'll just keeping plugging away and this weekend we aim to make strides towards the front."

TONY RICCIARDELLO - #16 Stratco Holden Commodore:

"I've walked the track a couple of times this afternoon and it looks like a challenging circuit," said Tony Ricciardello.

"From all the research I have done over the past few weeks and from talking to Todd, Rick and Bargs, you need to be aggressive to be fast here, and that's tough because around this track you are working hard all the way around.

"But I'm looking forward to running here this weekend and it should be fun.

"Tomorrow is about learning the track and setting up the car, so it will just be a steady day of worrying about our own thing and gradually improving.

"We are really keen to get a strong start tomorrow and then move forward from there so that we are in a good position for the two long, tough races with the Stratco Commodore."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Rick Kelly , Jason Bargwanna , Tony Ricciardello