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Jack Daniel's Racing Pushing On At Pukekohe
Jack Daniel's Racing have a solid base to work from at Pukekohe Park Raceway, with Todd and Rick Kelly tuning their Nissan Alimtas on the opening day of racing at the fourth event of the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship.
Todd Kelly had a consistent day, qualifying 15th, before coming home in 16th place in the opening 100km race, with qualifying pace proving to be vital on the fast 2.91km long layout.
Rick Kelly meanwhile started the day strongly, with the fourth best time in opening practice, before his day unravelled in qualifying.
An off track excursion early in the session brought out a red flag, which forced the younger brother to start from the rear of grid, from which he rebounded to finish 20th.
Saturday's on track action commences with a further 30 minute practice session, before a pair of 10 minute long qualifiers, and twin 100km races.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying Race 10- 15th
Race 10- 16th
"It's pretty tough to pass, there were places where I had a quicker car than those in front, but it was really in all of the high speed stuff which didn't allow me many chances to overtake," said Todd Kelly.
"The weaknesses today are in the places where you can pass or be passed, so there is a bit of work to do as a race car.
"It's really all about qualifying, it's quite hard to pass out there, we had a pretty good qualifying car but didn't get the most out of it.
"The best lap we had someone had speared off in front of me and covered the track in dirt, I felt we were a tenth and a half better than where we qualified.
"So if we can work on that and move up a bit for the start of the race, it's not looking too bad."
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying Race 10- 25th
Race 10- 20th
"The guys today provided me with a fantastic car, it was strong in practice and would have been great in qualifying and I made an error," said Rick Kelly.
"I bounced off a kerb at turn one, and the tyres were not quite up to pressure on that lap, it pushed me wide on a couple of corners, and I couldn't get it back before the tyre wall.
"It was my fault on that one 100 percent, it put us back in the back of the pack, and we managed to climb a few positions up.
"With the car in the race, if I qualified better, I'm sure I could have maintained it.
"Tomorrow's task is to do a really good job in qualifying in both sessions, and tweak the race car a little bit to give some more pace off the two slow corners.
"I had a good battle out there with a few guys, and we came away with a clean car. I just apologise to the team, because they gave me a great car."
1. Jason Bright
2. Shane Van Gisbergen
3. Craig Lowndes
4. James Courtney
5. Will Davison
6. Nick Percat
7. Fabian Coulthard
8. Scott McLaughlin
9. Garth Tander
10. James Moffat
16. Todd Kelly
20. Rick Kelly
(Provisional after 10 of 38 races)
1. Craig Lowndes- 744 points
2. Mark Winterbottom- 695
3. Fabian Coulthard- 690
4. James Courtney- 649
5. Jamie Whincup- 617
6. Shane Van Gisbergen- 595
7. Tim Slade- 497
8. David Reynolds- 474
9. Lee Holdsworth- 463
10. Jason Bright- 455
17. Rick Kelly- 384
23. Todd Kelly- 275
EVENT 4- ITM 500 AUCKLAND
Circuit: Pukekohe Park Raceway
Circuit Location: Pukekohe, New Zealand
Circuit Length: 2.91km
Qualifying Format: Two 20 minute, two 10 minute qualifying sessions
Race Format: Three 35 lap races (100km), One 70 lap race (200km)
Times are in New Zealand Standard Time
Saturday 26th April 2014
10:25am 10:55am: Practice 2
11:30am 11:40am: Qualifying Race 11
11:50am 12:00pm: Qualifying Race 12
2:05pm 2:50pm: Race 11 (35 laps)
4:05pm 4:50pm: Race 12 (35 laps)
Sunday 27th April 2014
1:00pm 1:20pm: Qualifying Race 13
3:10pm 4:49pm: Race 13 (70 laps)
AUS TELEVISION SCHEDULE SEVEN NETWORK/7mate/7two
Saturday April 26th 2014
Sydney 10:30am 11:00am V8 Xtra (7mate), 11:00am 1:00pm V8 Supercars (Seven), 1:00pm 2:00pm V8 Supercars (7two)
Melbourne- 10:30am 11:00am V8 Xtra (7mate), 11:00am 2:00pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Brisbane- 10:30am 11:00am V8 Xtra (7mate), 11:00am 2:00pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Adelaide- 10:00am 10:30am V8 Xtra (7mate), 10:30am 1:30pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Perth- 8:30am 9:00am V8 Xtra (7mate), 9:00am 12:00pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Sunday April 27th 2014
Sydney 12:00pm 12:30pm V8 Supercars (7mate), 12:30pm 3:00pm V8 Supercars (Seven)
Melbourne- 12:00pm 3:00pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Brisbane- 12:00pm 12:30pm V8 Supercars (7mate), 12:30pm 3:00pm V8 Supercars (Seven)
Adelaide- 11:30pm 2:30pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Perth- 10:00pm 1:00pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
FOLLOW JACK DANIEL'S RACING
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Rick Kelly on Facebook: Facebook.com/rickkelly15
Rick Kelly on Instagram: rickkelly15
Todd Kelly on Twitter: @toddkellyracing
Todd Kelly on Facebook: Facebook.com/toddkellyracing
Todd Kelly on Instagram: toddkellyracing
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