Double Top-Ten From Jack Daniel's Racing in Darwin
Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima drivers Rick and Todd Kelly have both featured in the top-ten on the practice time sheets today at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway, with three 20 minute sessions setting the scene ahead of this weekend's SKYCITY Triple Crown.
On combined times for the day Rick Kelly sat fourth fastest, with brother Todd placed ninth, with his best time produced in the second session where he set the second quickest lap time.
The focus of the day for the duo was finding grip on the slick track surface, with both soft and hard tyres utilised during the sessions.
Saturday on track action features a pair of 10-minute long qualifying sessions, followed by two 100km races.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Practice 1- 11th
Practice 2- 21st
Practice 3- 4th
Overall Practice- 4th
"It's not too bad some of the time, and it's a little bit horrid at other times, and everyone out there is struggling from the same thing," said Rick Kelly.
"The Darwin track is a very slippery one, and all of the corner exits either have a painted white line, or a little bit of concrete on the back of the kerb, which offers a lot more grip than the track itself.
"You're really just juggling the car until you get to those areas, when you can stand on the throttle.
"I don't think we're faring too bad, we didn't make any excursions into the outfield when a lot of other people did.
"We were just trying to get to grips with the lack of grip so to speak.
"All four Nissans tried a lot of things, which is really good.
"All in all we seem to have a bit of strength, depending on what tyre we're on.
"I'm excited by that, we changed a few things in the car setup wise and ergonomically at the recent test day, and they seemed to work really well.
"I'm a lot more comfortable in the car than I have been in the past, and for me that has produced a little bit better driving.
"I'm pretty happy with that, and we've just got to see where we are in qualifying compared to everyone else."
TODD KELLY- #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Practice 1- 10th
Practice 2- 2nd
Practice 3- 12th
Overall Practice- 9th
"It's a little bit up and down, it's really tyre dependent, so it's hard to know exactly where we are because everyone is on different tyres," said Todd Kelly.
"Obviously we'll be a lot wiser after qualifying tomorrow.
"The car definitely has its strong points, I quite enjoyed the soft tyre around here, but not so much the hards.
"We've got a bit of work to do on that and see where it puts us."
1. Shane Van Gisbergen
2. Jamie Whincup
3. James Courtney
4. Rick Kelly
5. Russell Ingall
6. James Moffat
7. Michael Caruso
8. Robert Dahlgren
9. Todd Kelly
10. Scott McLaughlin
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
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