Elbows Out For Jack Daniel's Racing In Townsville
The Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altimas of Rick and Todd Kelly have survived a rough and tumble pair of 125km races to open the Castrol Townsville 500 Driven by TAFE Queensland.
Rick made a strong start to the day, picking off several places to pick up a 14th place result in the opening encounter, before a broken anti-roll bar set back his cause in the second race.
Brother Todd meanwhile played a conservative tyre strategy throughout the day, and in the second race protected his brother's ailing car from the advancing pack.
Racing concludes tomorrow with a final 250km long race, which follows on from a 20 minute qualifying session and top-ten shootout.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying Race 20- 18th
Qualifying Race 21- 21st
Race 20- 14th
Race 21- 19th
"We've had a tough weekend trying to nail the setup here in Townsville," said Rick Kelly.
"We made a bit of forward progress in that first race with our strategy.
"I had a tough start and went back to second last in the second race, but we had the pace to move forward.
"Once I got to a point with the safety car, unfortunately the anti-roll bars broke on the car and it made it incredibly difficult.
"It was really hard to drive and I fell back.
"The headline of my day was really big brother saving it; Todd was behind me and had a freight train behind him.
"If it wasn't for Todd behind, I would have got punted and ended up dead last.
"It allowed me to get home because we had 20 odd laps to go, so for me that was very, very lucky.
"Overall it's unfortunate because we wound up with a pretty good car."
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying Race 20- 19th
Qualifying Race 21- 25st
Race 20- 18th
Race 21- 20th
"There was a fair bit going on out there," said Todd Kelly.
"We had a bit of a strategy going with the tyres all day long to make sure we can have a crack at the main race tomorrow.
"Unfortunately with that strategy, the safety car screwed us a little bit in that last race, but I was getting around pretty well.
"I had good consistent lap times, and then we had to pit 20 laps too early with the safety car, and I had to put some pretty average tyres on the car.
"I think we were about 15th at that point, and we would have kept slightly moving up.
"Hopefully we can tune the car up overnight, because it wasn't really pacey enough, and have a good crack at it tomorrow."
1. Jamie Whincup
2. Garth Tander
3. Will Davison
4. Nick Percat
5. Shane Van Gisbergen
6. Scott McLaughlin
7. Jason Bright
8. James Courtney
9. David Reynolds
10. Michael Caruso
14. Rick Kelly
18. Todd Kelly
1. Garth Tander
2. James Courtney
3. Fabian Coulthard
4. Shane Van Gisbergen
5. Chaz Mostert
6. Craig Lowndes
7. Jamie Whincup
8. Mark Winterbottom
9. Nick Percat
10. Russell Ingall
19. Rick Kelly
20. Todd Kelly
(Provisional after 21 of 38 races)
1. Mark Winterbottom- 1532 points
2. Jamie Whincup- 1388
3. Craig Lowndes- 1341
4. Fabian Coulthard- 1298
5. James Courtney- 1234
6. Shane Van Gisbergen- 1226
7. Scott McLaughlin- 1127
8. David Reynolds- 1030
9. Chaz Mostert- 1002
10. Garth Tander- 997
17. Rick Kelly- 803
24. Todd Kelly- 563
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
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
FOLLOW JACK DANIEL'S RACING
Rick Kelly on Twitter: @RickKelly
Rick Kelly on Facebook: Facebook.com/rickkelly15
Rick Kelly on Instagram: rickkelly15
Todd Kelly on Twitter: @toddkellyracing
Todd Kelly on Facebook: Facebook.com/toddkellyracing
Todd Kelly on Instagram: toddkellyracing
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