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Jack Daniel's Racing on the Pace at Albert Park
Posted by: newsla on Mar 13, 2014 - 07:28 AM
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Jack Daniel's Racing on the Pace at Albert Park

Brothers Todd and Rick Kelly had a strong opening day at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, with Todd qualifying fifth for the weekend's first race aboard his Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima.


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In a qualifying session where the pair's Nissan Motorsport colleague Michael Caruso secured pole position, Todd showed consistent pace to be near the top of the leader board throughout.

Rick meanwhile continued to chase car setup throughout the 30 minute session, and will line up from 14th for the first of four races on the Albert Park street circuit.

Earlier in the day, Todd registered the fifth quickest time in the second and final practice session, while Rick was 16th best in the opening hit out.

Racing kicks off tomorrow with a ten lap heat at 11:05am, with another 12 lap race to follow at 2:25pm.


TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying position- 5th

"It's not too bad, it's a lot better than where we were last year, and I was quietly confident we would be a chunk faster around this joint than we were," Todd Kelly said.

"The car is 80 percent there, but there are now really two corners that are knocking my lap times around.

"The little fella (Michael) Caruso did a really good job, it's good for all of us for him to snag pole like that, because it's extremely clear where we have to lift our game to be right on the money.

"We'll work on that tonight, but certainly it's a good start for Jack Daniel's Racing and for Nissan Motorsport."

RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying position- 14th

"We've been a little bit behind the eight ball since we started the weekend," said Rick Kelly.

"We ran the first session on hard tyres, and the car wasn't too bad, then we ran softs to start with (in the second session) and we were ok, and it just snuck away from us a little bit.

"I absolutely got smoked by my team mate there, Michael (Caruso) did an incredible job.

"After practice two we saw the data from his lap, he wasn't on greens and it was clearly very impressive, and he has carried the form into qualifying which is very impressive to score pole.

"We've got that to look at, but we've got to do a better job than what we did today.

"The 15 car just isn't where it needs to be, and because of that, I'm just not driving it the way I should be either. Luckily we have four races to get to the front."

1. Michael Caruso
2. Shane Van Gisbergen
3. Scott McLaughlin
4. Jamie Whincup
5. Todd Kelly
6. Craig Lowndes
7. Fabian Coulthard
8. James Moffat
9. Jason Bright
10. Garth Tander
14. Rick Kelly

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

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

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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