Sunday Strategy Race For Jack Daniel's Milestone
Gritty and determined drives from Rick and Todd Kelly in today's 250km race at Townsville were a fitting tribute to Jack Daniel's 300th race start in V8 Supercars.
Under a stunning new celebratory livery marking the historic race, the Kelly brothers fought hard through the hotly-contested challenge on the Queensland street circuit.
Starting from 22nd on the grid for the third and final race at Townsville, Rick Kelly fought a losing battle with race strategy to finish 18th.
Todd, meanwhile, came through from 25th place on the grid to finish 19th, working to better his Nissan Altima's setup along the way.
The team now looks forward to the next round at Queensland Raceway on August 1-3, where last year Jack Daniel's Racing charged to a number of top ten finishes.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying Race 22 - 22nd
Race 22 - 18th
"It was a bit of a tough one," said Rick Kelly.
"We knew it was going to be a long tough race, with our pace across the day so what we tried to do is offset ourselves as much as we could and try to gain an advantage that way, as we did in Darwin in the second race, which worked quite well there."
"The early safety car grabbed us a little bit and we had no choice but to pit at that point and that really set the tone for the rest of the race with our tyre strategy.
"There wasn't a lot that we could play with there, so it was a long, old, uneventful race from where I sat with one compound of trye, compared to the Darwin race.
"But look, when you have tough days like that you just got to try to do your best and gather up any points that are on offer and I think we did that.
"We can go away from here and have a look at probably the set up a little bit. I still think we can get more out of the car from that point of view while we wait for further updates."
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying Race 22 - 25th
Race 22 - 19th
"It's a pretty challenging race, that distance," said Todd Kelly.
"Everything was good in the car. We made a change from qualifying to try to help the car look after its tyres and give us a bit better drive but it made the car extremely hard to drive.
"So it was a pretty long old race after the first few laps when I realised we were in a little bit of trouble.
"I fished around with the roll bars quite a bit to try to get a good balance but it was a little bit out of range, so it was a long old race and we were just happy to get it home in the end."
1. Jamie Whincup
2. Garth Tander
3. Shane van Gisbergen
4. James Courtney
5. Nick Percat
6. Mark Winterbottom
7. Chaz Mostert
8. Scott Pye
9. Scott McLaughlin
10. Will Davison
18. Rick Kelly
19. Todd Kelly
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTSCORE(Provisional after 22 of 38 races)
1. Mark Winterbottom- 1634 points
2. Jamie Whincup- 1538
3. Fabian Coulthard-1361
4. Shane Van Gisbergen-1355
5. James Courtney- 1354
6. Craig Lowndes- 1352
7. Scott McLaughlin- 1211
8. Garth Tander- 1135
9. David Reynolds- 1099
10. Chaz Mostert- 1098
17. Rick Kelly- 854
24. Todd Kelly- 576
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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