Tight at the Top at Symmons Plains
Less than a second covered the V8 Supercar field in practice today for the Tyrepower Tasmania 400, with the Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altimas in the thick of the action.
Following a new format where the cars hit the track for only three 20 minute practice sessions, Todd Kelly finished the day 12th overall, with Rick Kelly down in 22nd position, but only 0.6317sec off the best time of the day.
The limited track time means that the crew will have its work cut out ahead of tomorrow's new Super Sprint qualifying format, which features a pair of ten minute sessions, followed by twin 100km races.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Overall Practice Position- 12th
"We certainly tried a lot of different things with the car today, and we've settled on a setup that we are now ready to fine tune," said Todd Kelly.
"We put a new set of tyres on the car at the end of the last session, and it wasn't too bad, but there are only three corners here that really matter, and we had a little bit of understeer in each of them.
"When we dial that out, I think the car will be quite good.
"We're in not too bad of a position, but it's all about making the right decisions overnight with what we do with the setup."
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Overall Practice Position- 22th
"This was one of the tougher rounds we had last year with our straight line speed issue, and it's not so easy again this time," said Rick Kelly.
"We started off practice one and practice two behind the eight ball with the car and the way I was driving it, we made a lot of changes with it for the last practice session and it drove a bit nicer.
"It was definitely a big improvement, which is really good, but still obviously a long way back.
"You can see from the lap times it's very close here, now that we have the car a bit closer to the window.
"We'll chip away at it overnight, and we'll make sure that we have a better package for qualifying in the morning to try and capitalise on the championship points on offer."
Combined Practice Results
1. Craig Lowndes
2. Jamie Whincup
3. Chaz Mostert
4. Shane Van Gisbergen
5. Nick Percat
6. Scott McLaughlin
7. Fabian Coulthard
8. Michael Caruso
9. Scott Pye
10. Lee Holdsworth
12. Todd Kelly
22. Rick Kelly
EVENT 2- TYREPOWER TASMANIA 400
Circuit: Symmons Plains Raceway
Circuit Location: Launceston, TAS
Circuit Length: 2.41km
Qualifying Format: Two 15 minute, one 20 minute qualifying sessions
Race Format: Two 42 lap races, One 84 lap race
Times are in Australian Eastern Daylight/Standard Time
Saturday 29th March 2014
11:30am - 11:45am: Qualifying Race 4
11:55am - 12:10am: Qualifying Race 5
2:35pm - 3:25am: Race 4 (42 laps)
4:35pm - 5:25pm: Race 5 (42 laps)
Sunday 30th March
11:20am - 11:40am: Qualifying Race 6
3:55pm - 5:20pm: Race 6 (84 laps)
AUS TELEVISION SCHEDULE SEVEN NETWORK/7mate
Saturday 29th 2014
Sydney- 1:30pm - 2:00pm V8 Xtra (Seven), 2:00pm - 5:30pm V8 Supercars (Seven)
Melbourne- 1:30pm - 2:00pm V8 Xtra (7mate), 2:00pm - 5:30pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Brisbane- 12:30pm - 1:00pm V8 Xtra (Seven), 1:00pm - 4:30pm V8 Supercars (Seven)
Adelaide- 1:00pm - 1:30pm V8 Xtra (7mate), 1:30pm - 5:00pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Perth- 10:30am - 11:00am V8 Xtra (7mate), 11:00am - 2:30pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Sunday 30th March 2014
Sydney 2:30pm - 5:30pm V8 Supercars (Seven)
Melbourne- 2:30pm - 5:30pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Brisbane- 2:30pm - 5:30pm V8 Supercars (Seven)
Adelaide- 2:00pm - 5:00pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Perth- 11:30am - 2:20pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
(After 3 of 38 races)
1. Craig Lowndes - 282
2. Fabian Coulthard - 230
3. Shane Van Gisbergen - 221
4. Rick Kelly - 198
5. Jamie Whincup - 192
6. James Courtney - 192
7. Mark Winterbottom - 189
8. Tim Slade - 163
9. Garth Tander - 150
10. James Moffat 140
20. Todd Kelly - 70