Jack Daniel's Racing To Put The Heat On In Townsville
Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima drivers Todd and Rick Kelly are primed for a gruelling encounter on the streets of Townsville, with the Castrol Townsville 500 Driven by TAFE Queensland set to test stamina and race car setup.
Following on from the heat of Darwin, warm temperatures are once again expected to take their toll, with the concrete confines of the Reid Park facility putting additional strain on competitors.
The flowing layout is one that should suit team's Nissans, while both Kelly brothers will be looking to improve on previous top-ten results at the venue.
The weekend follows the V8 Supercars Super Street format, with twin 125km races on Saturday followed by a lone 250km long encounter on Sunday.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
"I'm looking forward to getting back in the car, Darwin ended a little bit short for us after having a coming together on the right rear corner of the number 7 Jack Daniel's Racing Altima," said Todd Kelly.
"Up to that point the car was quite pacey, in particular on the Sunday.
"There's a little bit of unfinished business there, we'll look to get to Townsville and see how the cars go.
"It's a pretty tough turn around for the team, I've barely got time to have all of my driving suits washed and dried, and in that time they've got to turn the cars around.
"So it's a pretty heavy couple of days for the guys back in the workshop.
"Once the cars arrive in Townsville it should all be pretty smooth sailing, so I'm looking forward to getting on the track and seeing how it goes."
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
"We loved the Darwin event, and Townsville is certainly no different," said Rick Kelly.
"I'm quite excited about the format, two 125km races on the Saturday, and a 250km race on the Sunday.
"For us the Darwin event was very promising on the Sunday, we made a bit more of an aggressive strategy call on the tyres and it really paid off.
"Leading into Darwin, we had the test day with a lot of things we were wanted to implement for that event, and that showed some very positive signs.
"We had a car that was greatly improved in some of the weaker areas for us, so heading into Townsville our confidence is a lot higher.
"The format should really allow us to get some improved results, the main straight isn't that long, and there are some other sections of the track that should favour us a little more.
"There is only a two week gap in between events, and I can't wait until we head north and get the party started."
EVENT 7 CASTROL TOWNSVILLE 500 DRIVEN BY TAFE QUEENSLAND
Circuit: Townsville Street Circuit
Circuit Location: Reid Park, Townsville, QLD
Circuit Length: 2.86km
Qualifying Format: Two 10 minute, one 20 minute qualifying session, one Top-Ten Shootout
Race Format: Two 44 lap races, One 88 lap race
Times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time
Friday 4th July 2014
10:10am 10:30am: Practice 1
11:40am 12:00pm: Practice 2
12:50pm 1:10pm: Practice 3
Saturday 5th July 2014
10:15am 10:25am: Qualifying Race 20
10:35am 10:45am: Qualifying Race 21
2:15pm 3:16pm: Race 20 (44 laps)
4:50pm 5:51pm: Race 21 (44 laps)
Sunday 6th July 2014
11:00am 11:20am: Qualifying Race 22
12:05pm 12:35pm: Top-Ten Shootout
3:55pm 5:53pm: Race22 (88 laps)
AUS TELEVISION SCHEDULE SEVEN NETWORK/7mate
Saturday 5th July 2014
Sydney: 12:00pm 1:00pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 1:00pm 1:30pm V8 XTRA 7mate, 1:30pm 6:00pm V8 Supercars Seven, 6:00pm 6:30pm V8 Supercars Post Race 7mate
Melbourne: 12:00pm 1:00pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 1:00pm 1:30pm V8 XTRA 7mate, 1:30pm 6:00pm V8 Supercars 7mate, 6:00pm 6:30pm V8 Supercars Post Race 7mate
Brisbane: 12:00pm 1:00pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 1:00pm 1:30pm V8 XTRA 7mate, 1:30pm 6:00pm V8 Supercars Seven, 6:00pm 6:30pm V8 Supercars Post Race 7mate
Adelaide: 11:30am 12:30pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 12:30pm 1:00pm V8 XTRA 7mate, 1:00pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars 7mate, 5:30pm 6:00pm V8 Supercars Post Race 7mate
Perth: 10:00am 11:00am Race Day Xtra 7mate, 11:00am 1:30pm V8 XTRA 7mate, 11:30am 4:00pm V8 Supercars 7mate, 4:00pm 4:30pm V8 Supercars Post Race 7mate
Sunday 6th July 2014
Sydney: 12:30pm 2:00pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 2:00pm 6:00pm V8 Supercars Seven, 6:00pm 6:30pm V8 Supercars Post Race 7mate
Melbourne: 12:30pm 2:00pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 2:00pm 6:00pm V8 Supercars 7mate, 6:00pm 6:30pm V8 Supercars Post Race 7mate
Brisbane: 12:30pm 2:00pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 2:00pm 6:00pm V8 Supercars Seven, 6:00pm 6:30pm V8 Supercars Post Race 7mate
Adelaide: 12:00pm 1:30pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 1:30pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars 7mate, 5:30pm 6:00pm V8 Supercars Post Race 7mate
Perth: 10:30am 12:00pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 12:00pm 4:00pm V8 Supercars 7mate, 4:00pm 4:30pm V8 Supercars Post Race 7mate
(Provisional after 19 of 38 races)
1. Mark Winterbottom- 1451 points
2. Craig Lowndes- 1290
3. Jamie Whincup- 1265
4. Fabian Coulthard- 1204
5. James Courtney- 1120
6. Shane Van Gisbergen- 1111
7. Scott McLaughlin- 1045
8. David Reynolds- 952
9. Chaz Mostert- 914
10. Jason Bright- 881
17. Rick Kelly- 748
24. Todd Kelly- 516
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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