Todd The Hard Charger For Jack Daniel's Racing
Todd Kelly proved to be a hard charger today at Barbagallo Raceway for the Perth 400, with the Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima driver improving a combined total of 19 places in the twin 100km races.
With tyre strategy and conservation coming to the fore on the abrasive circuit, pitting late in the opening race paid dividends for Todd, which saw him improve from 18th at the start to eighth after 42 circuits.
In the later race Todd once again picked off places, this time after pitting early, which resulted in a 16th place finish.
Rick Kelly meanwhile battled car setup throughout both encounters, with the younger brother only able to produce results of 19th and 22nd.
The weekend of racing culminates tomorrow with a 20 minute qualifying session ahead of a final 200km long race.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying Race 14- 18th
Qualifying Race 15- 25th
Race 14- 8th
Race 15- 16th
"The first race was alright, being only a few spots up the grid makes all of the difference," said Todd Kelly.
"Starting dead last in that second race, you just have to take a little bit too much out of the tyres to try and move forward early.
"I was struggling there at the end of each stint, but it was the best I could do.
"If we were a little bit further up to start with, and not off the back row, we would have climbed up further.
"Tomorrow we need to make sure we nail qualifying, it's a lot longer race, and the car looks after its tyres pretty good, so if we can qualify OK, it might not be too bad a day."
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying Race 14- 17th
Qualifying Race 15- 16th
Race 14- 19th
Race 15- 22nd
"We knew that looking after your tyres around here is the key to a strong result, certainly Todd and the car 7 crew really showed that in the first race today," said Rick Kelly.
"They played a good tyre strategy in qualifying and in the race to come through to eighth.
"In between races we tried to chase the setup, and unfortunately we wound up in no man's land so to speak, and it really showed with our pace in that last race, and we just didn't have it.
"We tried to stay out of trouble and just stay up as high as possible; unfortunately we couldn't get an ideal finish.
"We can learn from that and try and do something better tomorrow for the longer race.
"Thankfully we have the data from Todd, and if we follow that lead it will help us tomorrow."
1. Scott McLaughlin
2. Fabian Coulthard
3. Chaz Mostert
4. Mark Winterbottom
5. Lee Holdsworth
6. Craig Lowndes
7. Will Davison
8. Todd Kelly
9. James Courtney
10. David Reynolds
19. Rick Kelly
1. Craig Lowndes
2. Mark Winterbottom
3. Jamie Whincup
4. Scott McLaughlin
5. Fabian Coulthard
6. Chaz Mostert
7. Scott Pye
8. James Courtney
9. David Reynolds
10. Russell Ingall
16. Todd Kelly
22. Rick Kelly
(Provisional after 15 of 38 races)
1. Mark Winterbottom - 1070 points
2. Craig Lowndes - 960
3. Fabian Coulthard - 948
4. James Courtney - 868
5. Jamie Whincup - 866
6. Shane Van Gisbergen - 816
7. Scott McLaughlin - 786
8. David Reynolds - 673
9. Jason Bright - 652
10. Lee Holdsworth - 651
17. Rick Kelly- 555
24. Todd Kelly- 419
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
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
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)
FOLLOW JACK DANIEL'S RACING
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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