Top Ten for Todd Kelly at Albert Park
The Jack Daniel's Racing pair of Todd and Rick Kelly managed to escape the carnage on the streets of Albert Park today in support of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, with the Nissan Altima drivers finishing tenth and 11th respectively.
Todd was especially lucky to make his way through the melee with only damaged front bodywork, which fortunately didn't affect the car's handling.
Rick meanwhile survived two wild double file starts, with bent steering suffered at the very first corner hindering his progress in the 12 lap encounter.
The result was his third consecutive 11th place finish from as many races.
The fourth and final race for the weekend is scheduled for 12 laps, commencing from 11:20am tomorrow.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Race 3- 10th
"With the carnage out there, it was more than a scrape through, it was more of a barge through with the incident over the back with Chaz Mostert and Dale Wood," said Todd Kelly.
"I nailed someone pretty hard there.
"I'm not sure who it was, and I thought I might have done a lot of damage to the steering, but luckily it was only bodywork and I was able to press on for the rest of the race.
"It was a fairly decent mission trying to avoid the carnage there, so it's good to end up where we did.
"The car wasn't too bad, we'll do a little bit of fine tuning for tomorrow and we'll see where we can get to."
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Race 3- 11th
"That race was really interesting to be honest with all of the stuff that went on," said Rick Kelly.
"We got an ok start but got hit from behind at turn one, which drove us into the tyres, and I think it was (Jamie) Whincup.
"It bent our steering pretty bad, the steering wheel was a fair way left hand down, and we just had to get by like that.
"The next restart again was very interesting, because someone pitted, so the whole field was actually out of formation, and because of the rules there was nothing we could do.
"We lost out on both starts and still finished, so we're pretty happy with that, we're just a little bit disappointed with the damage we've got.
"We'll polish it up and go again tomorrow."
1. Shane Van Gisbergen
2. Fabian Coulthard
3. Craig Lowndes
4. Scott McLaughlin
5. Garth Tander
6. Michael Caruso
7. Jamie Whincup
8. Mark Winterbottom
9. David Reynolds
10. Todd Kelly
11. Rick Kelly
2014 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
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
Sunday 16 March 2014
1:15pm - 1:50pm: Race 4 (12 laps)
AUS TELEVISION SCHEDULE NETWORK TEN/ONE HD
Sydney/Melbourne times listed, subject to amendment please check local guides
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
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