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The Jack Daniel's Racing pair of Rick and Todd Kelly have started the 2014 V8 Supercar season strongly, with both drivers placing their Nissan Altimas within the top ten in the opening two races of the Clipsal 500.
In the first race, Rick Kelly made a strong start, advancing from 14th to fourth position in the middle of the pit stop cycle.
Following his service Rick was running sixth, and held station to the chequered flag holding off the determined advances of Scott McLaughlin.
After starting 17th for race two, Rick made solid forward progress, but lost ground on a mid-race safety car restart. He rebounded strongly to be classified 11th.
Starting from the seventh grid position in the opener, Todd Kelly's race was hampered by steering issues.
The problem came to a head with only four circuits remaining, with the car limping to the finish in 16th place.
In the latter race, Todd lost ground during the pit stops, although a smart race to the finish saw him place ninth.
The combined results from the day see Rick sit seventh in the championship point score, with Todd equal tenth.
To wrap up the Clipsal 500 weekend, the third and final qualifying session commences at 12:00pm ACDT tomorrow, followed by a top-ten shootout, and the 78 lap final race from 3:15pm.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
Race 1- 7th
Race 2- 11th
"I'm really excited to be where we are right now, the Jack Daniel's Racing team have two cars in the top-ten in the points," said Rick Kelly.
"It's very early days, but the exciting thing is that we have potential.
"I didn't do a very good time in qualifying, and we didn't quite have the car setup perfectly, but I was able to jump from 14th to sixth in the first race, and then 17th to 11th in the second.
"Realistically, we really did get screwed by that restart in the second race, the new restart format in my opinion is quite questionable how it works.
"Through no fault of our own, we went from somewhere reasonable and got passed by four cars.
"Regardless, it is what it is, we got pushed back and finished 11th.
"So for us as a team, compared to last year, it's really exciting.
"In the morning, I want to get up, do a good job in qualifying, and then make the most of that in the race."
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
Race 1- 16th
Race 2- 9th
"We lost a heap of ground in the pits (in race two), we lost a lot of track position, and with it being really hard to pass, it was tough," Todd Kelly said.
"Where our car is very strong is through the first sector, but there isn't really anywhere you can pass through there, and where the passing opportunities are we don't quite have the car, so it's something we have to work on.
"It knocked us around today not being able to get that practice session done (after an engine issue), because maybe we're in a place with the car that we wouldn't be if we would have been able to try out what we had planned.
"It makes it hard, you don't really want to make major changes before a race untried, so we were stuck.
"But we'll tune it up for tomorrow, the potential is there with the car, we just need to make the right calls with it."
1. Jamie Whincup
2. Craig Lowndes
3. Shane Van Gisbergen
4. Mark Winterbottom
5. Fabian Coulthard
6. Rick Kelly
7. Scott McLaughlin
8. Jason Bright
9. James Courtney
10. Scott Pye
16. Todd Kelly
1. Craig Lowndes
2. Scott McLaughlin
3. Jamie Whincup
4. Mark Winterbottom
5. Fabian Coulthard
6. Chaz Mostert
7. Garth Tander
8. Michael Caruso
9. Todd Kelly
10. Will Davison
11. Rick Kelly
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTSCORE(After 2 of 38 races)
1. Craig Lowndes 144
2. Jamie Whincup 139
3. Mark Winterbottom 120
4. Scott McLaughlin 117
5. Fabian Coulthard 110
6. Shane van Gisbergen 92
7. Rick Kelly 87
8. Garth Tander 84
9. Will Davison 72
10. Todd Kelly 70
= Michael Caruso 70
CLIPSAL 500 ADELAIDE DETAILS
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)
Sunday 2 March 2014
12:00pm 12:20pm: Qualifying Race 3
12:35pm: Top-ten shootout
3:15pm: Race 3 (78 laps)
AUS TELEVISION SCHEDULE - SEVEN NETWORK
Times subject to amendment - please check local guides
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
AUS TELEVISION REPLAYS - SPEED (FOXTEL & AUSTAR)
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)
FOLLOW JACK DANIEL'S RACING
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
2014 V8 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
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