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Solid Opening Day for Jack Daniel's Racing
Posted by: newsla on Feb 28, 2014 - 06:54 AM
Sports Cars
Solid Opening Day for Jack Daniel's Racing

The Jack Daniel's Racing duo of Todd and Rick Kelly have had a solid opening day for season 2014, with the team's Nissan Altimas showing promising pace during practice and qualifying ahead of this weekend's Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide.


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Todd Kelly had improved qualifying speed over his practice times, registering a seventh place starting position for the opening race of the season, which was backed up with an 11th quickest lap in the second qualifying session.

Provisionally, Todd sat on pole position for race two in the dying seconds, before a series of quick times knocked him down the order.

Meanwhile Rick Kelly was quick in practice but was unable to repeat the form in qualifying, registering the 14th and 17th best times in the respective sessions.

Earlier in the day, the brothers practiced strongly in the three 30 minute long sessions, with Rick third fastest in practice two, while Todd was eighth best in both the first and second outings.

Tomorrow's opening two races of the season see a change of format for the Clipsal 500, with the 250km long race split into a pair of 125km sprints.

Saturday on track activity commences at 12:50am ACDT with the fourth and final practice session, with the first race scheduled to start at 4:20pm.


TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
Qualifying Race 1- 7th
Qualifying Race 2- 11th

"It's not too bad a start, you always jump out of the car a little disappointed when you are not right up there," Todd Kelly said.

"There are a few big screens around the track that actually have the times listed, I saw my name up there in second position for ages in one of those sessions, and we just dropped back a bit at the end.

"We probably weren't exactly in sync with the other cars when they did their fast times.

"But nevertheless there were a few mistakes I made out there, and there is still a bit of tuning to do to the car, as I guess most people have.

"Seventh and 11th is a pretty good start for the weekend, it's definitely better than this time last year, but we've still got a bit of work to do."

RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
Qualifying Race 1- 14th
Qualifying Race 2- 17th

"Obviously I'm a little bit rattled by our qualifying results after we practiced strongly this morning," said Rick Kelly.

"Our practice pace was really repeatable, on green tyres we had good pace, on old tyres we had good pace, and we could maintain it.

"We came to qualifying and ran greens, and it wasn't anything blindingly obvious, the car just didn't grip up for us.

"You could see it in the times, a couple of guys that were up the top in practice, weren't able to achieve that in qualifying.

"The track grip came up, the track changed quite a bit, it caught us out and unfortunately favoured others.

"I'm excited by the initial form we've got, so we've just got to get back to having the car up the front like we had this morning, and work out way forward tomorrow."

Qualifying Race 1
1. Jamie Whincup
2. Craig Lowndes
3. Mark Winterbottom
4. James Courtney
5. Scott McLaughlin
6. Shane Van Gisbergen
7. Todd Kelly
8. Scott Pye
9. Tim Slade
10. Fabian Coulthard
14. Rick Kelly

Qualifying Race 2
1. Craig Lowndes
2. Scott McLaughlin
3. Jamie Whincup
4. Jason Bright
5. Mark Winterbottom
6. Lee Holdsworth
7. Michael Caruso
8. James Courtney
9. Scott Pye
10. Chaz Mostert
11. Todd Kelly
17. Rick Kelly

Circuit: Adelaide Parklands street circuit
Circuit Location: Adelaide, SA
Circuit Length: 3.219km
Qualifying Format: Two 15-minute qualifying sessions Friday; One 20-minute qualifying session, top-ten shootout Sunday
Race Format: Two 125km races Saturday; One 250km race Sunday

Times are in Australian Central Daylight Time (UTC + 10:30 hours)

Saturday 1 March 2014
12:50pm 1:20pm: Practice 4
4:20pm: Race 1 (39 laps)
6:50pm: Race 2 (39 laps)

Sunday 2 March 2014
12:00pm 12:20pm: Qualifying Race 3
12:35pm: Top-ten shootout
3:15pm: Race 3 (78 laps)

Times subject to amendment - please check local guides

Saturday 1 March 2014
Sydney: 2:00pm 3:30pm on 7mate, 3:30pm 6:00pm on Seven, 6:00pm 6:30pm on 7mate, 6:30pm 8:30pm on Seven
Melbourne: 2:00pm 3:30pm on 7mate, 3:30pm 6:00pm on Seven, 6:00pm 6:30pm on 7mate, 6:30pm 8:30pm on Seven
Brisbane: 1:00pm 2:30pm on 7mate, 2:30pm 6:00pm on Seven, 6:00pm 6:30pm on 7mate, 6:30pm 7:30pm on Seven
Adelaide: 1:30pm 3:00pm on 7mate, 2:30pm 6:00pm on Seven, 6:00pm 6:30pm on 7mate, 6:30pm 8:00pm on Seven
Perth: 12:30pm 5:30pm on Seven

Sunday 2 March 2014
Sydney: 12:00pm 1:00pm on 7mate, 1:00pm 6pm on Seven, 6:00pm 6:30pm on 7mate
Melbourne: 12:00pm 1:00pm on 7mate, 1:00pm 6pm on Seven, 6:00pm 6:30pm on 7mate
Brisbane: 11:00am 12:00pm on 7mate, 12:00pm 5pm on Seven
Adelaide: 11:30am 12:30pm on 7mate, 12:00pm 5:30pm on Seven, 5:30pm 6:00pm on 7mate
Perth: 9:00am 10:00am on 7mate, 10:0am 3:30pm on Seven

Times in AEDT and subject to amendment - please check local guides

Saturday 1 March 2014: 10:30pm (Races 1 & 2)
Sunday 2 March 2014: 7:30pm (Race 3)
Monday 3 March 2014: 4:00am (Race 3)
Tuesday 4 March 2014: 7:30pm (Races 1, 2 & 3)
Wednesday 5 March 2014: 5:30am (Races 1, 2 & 3)

Twitter: @Nissan_MSport
Facebook: Facebook.com/NissanMotorsportAus
Instagram: NissanMotorsport
Web: http://www.nissanmotorsport.com.au
Rick Kelly on Twitter: @RickKelly
Rick Kelly on Facebook: Facebook.com/rickkelly15
Rick Kelly on Instagram: rickkelly15
Todd Kelly on Twitter: @toddkellyracing
Todd Kelly on Facebook: Facebook.com/toddkellyracing
Todd Kelly on Instagram: toddkellyracing

Date, Event, Location
Feb 15, sydney.com V8 Supercars Test Day, Sydney Motorsport Park
Feb 27-Mar 2, Clipsal 500 Adelaide, Adelaide Street Circuit
Mar 13-16, 2014 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park
Mar 28-30, Tasmania 400, Symmons Plains Raceway
Apr 4-6 Winton 400, Winton Motor Raceway
April 25-27, ITM 500 Auckland, Pukekohe Park Raceway
May 16-18, Perth 400, Barbagallo Raceway
June 20-22, SKYCITY Triple Crown Darwin 400, Hidden Valley Raceway
July 4-6, Townsville 500, Reid Park
Aug 1-3, Coates Hire Ipswich 400, Queensland Raceway
Aug 22-24, Sydney Motorsport Park 400, Sydney Motorsport Park
Sept 12-14, Wilson Security Sandown 500, Sandown Raceway
Oct 9-12, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama
Oct 24-26, ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600, Surfers Paradise
Nov 14-16, Phillip Island 400, Phillip Island Circuit
Dec 5-7, Sydney 500, Sydney Olympic Park

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