Jack Daniel's Racing Back for More Darwin Success
Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima drivers Rick and Todd Kelly are primed for a return to the Top End, with the duo out to repeat previous V8 Supercars successes at Hidden Valley Raceway.
The brothers have a total of five race wins to their credit on the 2.87km circuit, with Todd sitting on three victories, while Rick's most recent of his two triumphs came in 2011.
At the corresponding event last year, Rick registered the best finish for a Nissan to that point of the season, with a fifth place result in the opening encounter.
The Darwin event follows the team's first full test day of the year at Winton Raceway, with the session providing an opportunity to experiment with car setups, which the team hopes will be beneficial through Hidden Valley's 14 turns.
The weekend will run the standard V8 Supercars Super Sprint format, with a pair of 100km races on Saturday followed by a 200km race on Sunday.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
"I love heading up to Darwin, there's a great atmosphere around town, I don't think there is a team member or driver in pit lane who doesn't enjoy the trip to the Top End," said Rick Kelly.
"The whole experience around the event, the whole saturation that V8 Supercars have throughout the city is second to none anywhere we travel in the country.
"We've had a fair break in between Perth and Darwin, which has been very good for the team; we managed to get in our first true test day of year, obviously we had the season opening test day at Sydney Motorsport Park, but it was our first day at Winton.
"It was a good chance to try a lot of things that we had been working on over the last few months.
"The race meetings have been pretty tight on practice track time this year, so it's been good to go to Winton and take a few big risks with setup and find some further direction in a few areas that have been important to us.
"It's a round that we enjoy, I managed to get into the top-ten shootout last year, which was good, and our aim is to get a solid result this time as well.
"We're looking to turn our championship around, we've had some tough days out there this year and a lot of bad luck, for us we want to head towards the pointy end."
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
"It's been a little while unfortunately since we've had a win in Darwin, but it's just one of those places that you really look forward to going to, especially at this time of the year when we are wearing five layers of clothes here in Melbourne!" Said Todd Kelly.
"You get up to Darwin and it's just a whole different world, the track has been good to us in the past and it's a place I enjoy driving around quite a lot.
"It will be interesting to see how we end up; whether the new aero package (for 2014) gives us a good enough gain to make us a bit more competitive, or whether the engine side of things is still a little bit of a hindrance on that long straight.
"We've probably got one of the slowest corners leading onto one of the longest straights we will see in a while in our series.
"It will really show us where we're at where our weaknesses are and where our strengths are.
"I can't wait to get there and try and get some of that success that we've had in the past at that event."
EVENT 6- SKYCITY TRIPLE CROWN
Circuit: Hidden Valley Raceway
Circuit Location: Darwin, NT
Circuit Length: 2.9km
Qualifying Format: Two 10 minute, one 20 minute qualifying sessions
Race Format: Two 35 lap races, One 69 lap race
Times are in Australian Central Standard Time
Friday 20th June 2014
11:00am 11:20am: Practice 1
12:45pm 1:05pm: Practice 2
2:25pm 2:45pm: Practice 3
Saturday 21st June 2014
11:40am 11:50am: Qualifying Race 17
12:00am 12:10pm: Qualifying Race 18
2:20pm 3:11pm: Race 17 (35 laps)
4:30pm 5:21pm: Race 18 (35 laps)
Sunday 22nd June 2014
12:40am 1:00pm: Qualifying Race 19
3:15pm 4:47pm: Race 19 (67 laps)
AUS TELEVISION SCHEDULE SEVEN NETWORK/7mate/7two
Saturday 21st June 2014
Sydney: 1:00pm 1:30pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 1:30pm 2:00pm V8 Xtra Seven, 2:00pm 6:00pm V8 Supercars Seven, 6:00 6:30pm V8 Supercars 7mate
Melbourne: 1:00pm 1:30pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 1:30pm 2:00pm V8 Xtra 7mate, 2:00pm 6:30pm V8 Supercars 7mate
Brisbane: 1:00pm 1:30pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 1:30pm 2:00pm V8 Xtra Seven, 2:00pm 6:00pm V8 Supercars Seven, 6:00 6:30pm V8 Supercars 7two
Adelaide: 12:30pm 1:00pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 1:00pm 1:30pm V8 Xtra 7mate, 1:30pm 6:00pm V8 Supercars 7mate
Perth: 11:00m 11:30am Race Day Xtra 7mate, 11:30am 12:00pm V8 Xtra 7mate, 1:30pm 4:00pm V8 Supercars 7mate
Sunday 22nd June 2014
Sydney: 1:30pm 2:30pm Race Day Xtra Seven, 2:30pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars Seven
Melbourne: 1:30pm 2:30pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 2:30pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars 7mate
Brisbane: 1:30pm 2:30pm Race Day Xtra Seven, 2:30pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars Seven
Adelaide: 1:00pm 2:00pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 2:00pm 5:00pm V8 Supercars 7mate
Perth: 11:30am 12:30pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 12:30pm 3:30pm V8 Supercars 7mate
(Provisional after 16 of 38 races)
1. Mark Winterbottom - 1199 points
2. Craig Lowndes - 1098
3. Fabian Coulthard - 1059
4. Jamie Whincup - 986
5. James Courtney - 928
6. Shane Van Gisbergen - 861
7. Scott McLaughlin - 840
8. Chaz Mostert - 792
9. David Reynolds - 757
10. Jason Bright - 754
18. Rick Kelly - 618
24. Todd Kelly - 476