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Eyes on GP Prize for Jack Daniel's Racing
Posted by: newsla on Mar 11, 2014 - 06:08 AM
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Eyes on GP Prize for Jack Daniel's Racing

The Jack Daniel's Racing pair of Rick and Todd Kelly are looking to continue their momentum from the Clipsal 500 at the Australian Grand Prix, and capitalise on a year's worth of development with the team's Nissan Altimas.


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At the corresponding meet last year, both drivers figured prominently in the results, with Rick registering a best race result of sixth, while Todd placed seventh in the final race.

The Championship opening meet on the streets of Adelaide saw the realisation of off-season development for the squad, with Rick scoring a fifth in the Sunday race, while Todd finished a weekend best of ninth in race two.

The fast and flowing nature of the Albert Park circuit throws a different set of challenges at team engineers, with the track's characteristics vastly different to the tight confines from Adelaide.

On track action kicks off on Thursday with a pair of practice sessions and a sole qualifying session, before two races on Friday, and single races on Saturday and Sunday.


RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima

"I'm really excited about the potential we had in the car at the Clipsal 500, as the days have passed from that event, you relive every moment of the weekend trying to understand how you could have gone better," said Rick Kelly.

"For me it was those mistakes that caused me to get drive through penalties no doubt, and then at the end of the race I've relived every corner of how I could have gotten past Fabian (Coulthard).

"Being in that position and thinking through the processes, I think is a fantastic thing. This time last year we were in a very different position.

"Coming off the back of a pretty solid result at Clipsal, it's so important for us to carry that momentum into the Grand Prix and out of the Grand Prix into Tasmania, so we're putting a lot of effort into the GP to ensure that we can get a car that is quite speedy around there, because it's a very different track to Clipsal.

"It's so important to carry that momentum, to carry pace that is good enough for us to be up the front and to get results that are competitive at the front of the field.

"At the moment we are putting 100 percent focus on that, and the Grand Prix is equally important as any other round we go to in ensuring we can carry that momentum."

TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima

"The Grand Prix is always one of my favourite weekends of the year," said Todd Kelly.

"The whole atmosphere at the event I reckon would be in my top-three tracks we race on.

"I've had a little bit of success over the years at that place, and it was a really good run for us last year.

"It was only our second event with the all-new Nissan Altima, and we had quite a strong weekend.

"So we've made a lot of quite significant improvements since this time last year, and we're really looking forward to getting on the track and seeing how we go with the cars in 2014 spec.

"I'm quietly positive that it will be a pretty solid weekend for us."

Circuit: Albert Park Street Circuit
Circuit Location: Melbourne, VIC
Circuit Length: 5.303km
Qualifying Format: One 30 minute qualifying session
Race Format: One 10 lap races, three 12 lap races

Times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time

Thursday 13 March 2014
1:30pm 2:00pm: Practice 1
4:10pm 4:40pm: Practice 2
6:00pm 6:30pm: Qualifying

Friday 14 March 2014
11:00am 11:30am: Race 1 (10 laps)
2:25pm 2:55pm: Race 2 (12 laps)

Saturday 15 March 2014
3:20pm 3:55pm: Race 3 (12 laps)

Sunday 16 March 2014
1:15pm 1:50pm: Race 4 (12 laps)

Sydney/Melbourne times listed, subject to amendment please check local guides

Friday 14 March 2014
11:00am 6:30pm: The 2014 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix (ONE)

Saturday 15 March 2014
8:00am 11:00am: The Formula One Australian Grand Prix Breakfast(Ten/ONE)
11:00am 6:30pm: The 2014 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix (Ten/ONE)

Sunday 16 March 2014
12:00pm 7:00pm: The 2014 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix (Ten/ONE)

(After 3 of 38 races)
1. Craig Lowndes - 282
2. Fabian Coulthard - 230
3. Shane Van Gisbergen - 221
4. Jamie Whincup - 199
5. Rick Kelly - 198
6. James Courtney - 192
7. Mark Winterbottom - 189
8. Tim Slade - 163
9. Garth Tander - 150
10. James Moffat 140
20. Todd Kelly - 70

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