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Consistency the Key at the AGP
Posted by: newsla on Mar 14, 2014 - 06:26 AM
Sports Cars
Consistency the Key at the AGP

The Jack Daniel's Racing combo of Todd and Rick Kelly had a consistent day at the Australian Grand Prix, with the Nissan Altimas picking up points in the pair of races at Albert Park.


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Todd registered the best result from the duo for the day, with a tenth place effort from the opening encounter, with brake problems holding him pack throughout the ten lap journey.

The second heat saw the car suffer severally flat spotted front tyres early, with Todd holding on to finish in 13th.

Rick meanwhile had a strong start to the day, climbing three positions into 11th on the second lap of race one, and held station until the chequered flag.

A conservative approach to the start of the second race saw Rick score another 11th place finish after 12 completed circuits.

The third 12 lap race for the weekend is scheduled to start at 3:25pm tomorrow, with a fourth and final heat to follow on Sunday.


TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Race 1- 10th
Race 2- 13th

"It was a disappointing race," said Todd Kelly.

"I had trouble with the brakes in the first one, and we put fresh ones on for that race.

"Early on I flat spotted both fronts extremely badly, so the car was just shaking itself to death from about the second lap, that's caused a heap of understeer, and it was just a battle to hold on from there.

"The changes we made to the car felt like they would have been a massive improvement, so it was alright to survive where I did, but there is a lot more potential to come tomorrow."

RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Race 1- 11th
Race 2- 11th

"I guess I'm back to the old nickname of Mr Consistency," said Rick Kelly.

"Look, the car is pretty good, there are a couple of things we need to tune up no doubt, and we're just chipping away at it.

"We're not doing wholesale changes, a lot of people get carried away at the Grand Prix and try wholesale things, and it hurts them.

"We treat this like any other race, we want to get as far forward as we can in the points for the weekend.

"The start just didn't quite go our way (for race two), I played it conservative and went narrow into turns one and three, and we lost a couple of spots because of that, as other drivers made aggressive moves around the outside pay off.

"When I was back a few spots, I managed to sneak past some cars, and I got stuck behind Will (Davison).

"If I had have qualified better and started in the top-five, the car has the pace to run there.

"I now want to keep it consistent and move forward."

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

Race 2
1. Shane Van Gisbergen
2. Craig Lowndes
3. Fabian Coulthard
4. Michael Caruso
5. Scott McLaughlin
6. Garth Tander
7. Jamie Whincup
8. Jason Bright
9. Chaz Mostert
10. Will Davison
11. Rick Kelly
13. Todd 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

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

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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