Pain on the Plains for Jack Daniel's Racing
The Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altimas of Rick and Todd Kelly endured a trying weekend at Symmons Plains Raceway, with the pair struggling for pace in today's 200km long race.
Rick started the 84 lap encounter from grid position 18, and elected to take his first pit stop at the conclusion of the opening lap.
After stopping again at the race's mid-point, Rick drove home to finish in 20th place, one spot ahead of brother Todd.
A longer first stint saw Todd pit on lap 20 from seventh position, however he wasn't able to hold station after the service.
Following the weekend, Rick Kelly has slipped to 11th in the point standings, with Todd Kelly sitting 23rd.
The V8 Supercar Championship continues next weekend with the third event of the season at Winton Motor Raceway.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying Race 6- 21st
Race 6- 21st
"We need to go and have a good hard look at ourselves after this weekend, the performance we had was pretty clear, with all four cars finishing nose to tail," said Todd Kelly.
"We just didn't have the pace, and a lot of work needs to be done.
"We've got a lot of work to do before Winton, it's going to be a busy few days."
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying Race 6- 18th
Race 6- 20th
"It was a tough day in the office, it was just a tough weekend," said Rick Kelly.
"We had very bad luck yesterday with the brake failure and getting helped off the track, it's all part of life.
"We really wanted to come out today and capitalise on the longer race, we like longer races with the strategy and pit stops, there's plenty of time to race to a good result.
"The guys did a great job with the stops, but unfortunately we just didn't have the pace.
"We haven't quite got the straight line speed we need, but we didn't have the setup here.
"We go to tracks as a team where we are extremely strong, and we go to tracks where we are weaker, I think a lot of that is down to the new generation car.
"It's good to get this one out of the way early in the season, it's a bad track for us, and now we head to the best track for us at Winton.
"We'll have a look at what we need to do for next year at Symmons Plains, but we are definitely excited for the tracks coming up after Winton where we will be strong at."
1. Craig Lowndes
2. Jamie Whincup
3. James Courtney
4. Will Davison
5. Fabian Coulthard
6. Scott McLaughlin
7. Shane Van Gisbergen
8. Tim Slade
9. Mark Winterbottom
10. David Reynolds
20. Rick Kelly
21. Todd Kelly
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTSCORE(After 6 of 38 races)
1. Craig Lowndes 532 pts
2. Jamie Whincup 462
3. Fabian Coulthard - 447
4. James Courtney - 429
5. Mark Winterbottom - 406
6. Shane Van Gisbergen - 389
7. Scott McLaughlin - 334
8. Tim Slade - 308
9. Garth Tander - 282
10. Russell Ingall 274
11. Rick Kelly - 259
23. Todd Kelly - 145