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Promising Run Dashed at Winton
A promising run for the Jack Daniel's Racing duo of Rick and Todd Kelly was dashed at Winton Motor Raceway today, with a series of setbacks befalling the Nissan Altima drivers.
In the seventh race of the V8 Supercar season, Rick was on track for a solid top-ten result, while Todd gained eight positions on track ahead of both races unravelling.
After qualifying in seventh, Rick held station during the opening exchanges, before climbing into sixth place on the first safety car restart.
Shortly afterwards he was spun off the track, and then later penalised for a restart infringement, eventually greeting the chequered flag in 20th.
In the second race, Rick started and finished in 18th position, with overtaking opportunities at a premium.
For Todd, smart driving through the pack on the safety car restarts of race one saw him positioned 13th on the road after starting in 21st.
Engine gremlins then slowed progress, resulting with a 17th place finish, which was backed up with a 23rd in the later race, which was hindered by electrical issues.
Sunday on track activity commences at 11:20am AEST with a 20 minute qualifying session, while the 200km ninth race of the season is scheduled to start at 3:30pm.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying Race 7- 21st
Race 7- 17th
QualifyingRace 8- 19th
Race 8- 23rd
"It's been a bit of a rough day," said Todd Kelly.
"To try to work out what to tune the car to in these conditions is quite hard.
"We didn't quite have the best setup in qualifying, and clearly not so in the race.
"We had a couple of little niggles which were just enough to slow us in the race.
"We had a little engine drama in the first race, and a little electrical drama in the last race.
"If it wasn't for those two things there would have been a little bit more pace, but probably only enough to go up one or two spots.
"There's a lot of work to do tomorrow, we've done it here before, we just need to work out how to unlock this new track surface."
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying Race 7- 7th
Qualifying Race 8- 18th
Race 8- 18th
"We definitely had a good car," said Rick Kelly.
"The track surface that was down, which was obviously from the repair work that got spread everywhere gripped the track right up, and the car was quite fun to drive and quite pacey.
"We just had a lot of bad luck in that first race with getting spun and getting the penalty on the restart, it just didn't go our way.
"The second race was definitely a tougher race for us- it just shows how close everybody is, and once you are in the pack you can't get by.
"There just needs to be more emphasis on qualifying, which we know anyway, but it just really proves how important that is.
"For us, we just want to improve the car overnight as a race car, and get a bit more out of it in qualifying to be up the front and use it."
1. Fabian Coulthard
2. Shane Van Gisbergen
3. Dale Wood
4. Jason Bright
5. Lee Holdsworth
6. Will Davison
7. Mark Winterbottom
8. Craig Lowndes
9. Jamie Whincup
10. Russell Ingall
17. Todd Kelly
20. Rick Kelly
1. Lee Holdsworth
2. Mark Winterbottom
3. Fabian Coulthard
4. David Reynolds
5. David Wall
6. James Moffat
7. Jason Bright
8. Will Davison
9. James Courtney
10. Chaz Mostert
18. Rick Kelly
23. Todd Kelly
(After 8 of 38 races)
1. Craig Lowndes- 605 points
2. Fabian Coulthard- 586
3. Jamie Whincup- 528
4. Mark Winterbottom- 523
5. Shane Van Gisbergen- 480
6. James Courtney- 471
7. Lee Holdsworth- 380
8. Will Davison- 354
9. Scott McLaughlin- 349
10. Tim Slade- 344
16. Rick Kelly- 306
23. Todd Kelly- 190
EVENT 3- WINTON 400
Circuit: Winton Motor Raceway
Circuit Location: Benalla, VIC
Circuit Length: 3.00km
Qualifying Format: Two 10 minute, one 20 minute qualifying sessions
Race Format: Two 34 lap races, One 67 lap race
Times are in Australian Eastern Daylight/Standard Time
Sunday 6th April 2014
11:20am 11:40am: Qualifying Race 9
3:30pm 5:15pm: Race 9 (67 laps)