Jack Daniel's Racing Off To The Wild West
Jack Daniel's Racing drivers Rick and Todd Kelly are ready for their annual trip to Western Australia, with the team's Nissan Alitmas set to take on Barbagallo Raceway for the Perth 400 from May 16-18.
Following an encouraging run at the recent New Zealand round, the brothers are looking for strong results on the uniquely abrasive track surface, which will place emphasis on Friday's three 20 minute long practice sessions.
The weekend will return to the Super Sprint format that was utilised at Winton and Symmons Plains, with a pair of 100km long races on Saturday, and a lone 200km race on Sunday.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
"Barbagallo Raceway offers a slightly different format of racing, so it will be interesting for us as it puts a little bit more pressure on with pit stops coming into play," said Rick Kelly.
"From a driver's point of view, the track is quite different.
"We've just come from a really exciting track in New Zealand, that you have to push the car around, and it's got a lot of high speed stuff.
"You get to Perth, and it's quite a slippery surface that promotes a very different style of driving, to more of a smooth style.
"Last year, James Moffat in the Norton number 360 car did an outstanding job all weekend, he had that car in the top-ten, and for the rest of us we couldn't quite get that right.
"So that's a big challenge for us this year to head back there and improve on the style we are driving the car with, and the work on the overall car setup for the conditions.
"A lot of water has passed under the bridge between last year and this year, we've really learned a lot about the cars and how to drive them smoother.
"I'm quite excited to get to WA and see if we can translate that into some improved results.
"It's obviously the only race for the season in Western Australia, so the whole place gets right behind the event.
"Todd and I head over there a couple of days early to see everyone, there's a lot of activations and sponsor engagements going on in the lead up, so it's certainly quite an exciting event for us."
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
"Barbagallo is a very unique circuit, very low grip and it takes a bit of a different setup and driving style to the circuits we have been to this year," said Todd Kelly.
"A lot of pre-event planning into the (practice) session structures, to make sure we land on a good setup for the weekend.
"All in all, at the last event (in New Zealand) qualifying wasn't too bad, as I had three top-ten runs, but I didn't manage to turn any of those into a reasonable race result.
"So that's going to be the focus for Perth, to again qualify in the top-ten, but more importantly really focus on converting that into better race results.
"I can't wait to get there, it's a track I really enjoy, and if you make any mistakes there you spend the race watching on from the sand traps!
"It's one of those places that you have to push really hard, but you have to be smart about where you do it, especially in the races."
EVENT 5- PERTH 400
Circuit: Barbagallo Raceway
Circuit Location: Waneroo, Western Australia
Circuit Length: 2.411km
Qualifying Format: One 20 minute, two 10 minute qualifying sessions
Race Format: Two 42 lap races (100km), One 83 lap race (200km)
Times are in AWST
Friday 16th May 2014
10:10am 10:30am: Practice 1
12:10pm 12:30pm: Practice 2
1:55pm 2:15pm: Practice 3
Saturday 17th May 2014
10:15am 10:25am: Qualifying Race 14
10:35am 10:45am: Qualifying Race 15
12:25pm 1:14pm: Race 14 (42 laps)
2:30pm 3:19pm: Race 15 (42 laps)
Sunday 18th May 2014
10:35am 10:55am: Qualifying Race 16
1:55pm 3:23pm: Race 16 (83 laps)
AUS TELEVISION SCHEDULE SEVEN NETWORK/7mate
Saturday 17th May 2014
Sydney - 12:00pm 1:00pm Race Day Xtra (7mate), 1:00pm 1:30pm V8 Xtra (Seven), 1:30pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars (Seven)
Melbourne- 12:00pm 1:00pm Race Day Xtra (7mate), 1:00pm 1:30pm V8 Xtra (7mate), 1:30pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Brisbane- 12:00pm 1:00pm Race Day Xtra (7mate), 1:00pm 1:30pm V8 Xtra (Seven), 1:30pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars (Seven)
Adelaide 11:30am 12:30pm Race Day Xtra (7mate), 12:30pm 1:00pm V8 Xtra (7mate), 1:00pm 5:00pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Perth - 10:00am 11:00am Race Day Xtra (7mate), 11:00am 11:30am V8 Xtra (7mate), 11:30am 3:30pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Sunday 18th May 2014
Sydney - 1:30pm 3:00pm Race Day Xtra (7mate), 3:00pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars (Seven)
Melbourne - 1:30pm 3:00pm Race Day Xtra (7mate), 3:00pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Brisbane - 1:30pm 3:00pm Race Day Xtra (7mate), 3:00pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars (Seven)
Adelaide - 1:00pm 2:30pm Race Day Xtra (7mate), 2:30pm 5:00pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
Perth - 11:30am 1:00pm Race Day Xtra (7mate), 1:00pm 3:30pm V8 Supercars (7mate)
(Provisional after 13 of 38 races)
1. Mark Winterbottom- 941 points
2. Craig Lowndes- 834
3. Fabian Coulthard- 824
4. James Courtney- 781
5. Shane Van Gisbergen- 777
6. Jamie Whincup- 775
7. Scott McLaughlin- 651
8. Jason Bright- 592
9. David Reynolds- 592
10. Will Davison- 572
16. Rick Kelly- 512
24. Todd Kelly- 346
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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