Setup Key for Jack Daniel's Racing at QR
Jack Daniel's Racing drivers Todd and Rick Kelly will be looking to wheel a quick pair of Nissan Altimas out of the transporter next weekend at Queensland Raceway, with car setup a key factor on home test track for the Queensland based teams.
On paper, the 3.12km long circuit looks simple, but the four right and two left hand corners require a unique setup to achieve quick lap times.
The track also provides a challenge for drivers, with precision required to maximise speed, in what is proving to be the closest V8 Supercars championship on record.
An area where the Jack Daniel's Racing duo is looking to capitalise on is tyres, with the weekend to run exclusively on the soft compound, which has proven to be to the liking of the cars so far in 2014.
The three qualifying sessions over the weekend will be an area for focus for the Kelly brothers, ahead of Saturday's twin-100km races, and the lone Sunday 200km race.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
"Queensland Raceway is a unique circuit compared to a couple of the circuits we have just come from," said Todd Kelly.
"It has a couple of quite fast corners, and a couple of medium speed corners that are quite unique.
"You need to tune the car a little bit differently to how would at a Townsville or Darwin for instance.
"It'll be good to get there and see exactly where we are with our cars and what needs to be tuned up on them.
"There are a couple of little things here and there on our cars that are new since the last round, which will give us a bit of a gain.
"We're expecting it to be quite challenging, hopefully the faster corners, turns one and two, is where we can claw back some time.
"I can't wait to get there and see what we can make of the weekend."
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
"Queensland Raceway is one of those tracks that if you don't quite have the ideal car, it becomes very difficult to wring a lap out of it," said Rick Kelly.
"You have places like Adelaide, Homebush, Gold Coast and Townsville, where you can always hustle the car around, push it over the kerbs and try to get something from it, which is certainly not the case at Queensland Raceway.
"The category is closer now than it ever has been before, so for us there is a focus on getting the cars dialled in as best we can, and from myself just try and get the most out of it.
"We just need to maximise everything, which is nothing different, but there is really a stronger focus on that, especially in qualifying.
"We've got a good format for the weekend; the soft tyres present a strong opportunity for us to move forward in the races as we look after our tyres a little better.
"We also have a couple of improvements on the car since our last outing, so for me, it's very exciting to get back in the car, I'm chomping at the bit to get out there."
EVENT 8 COATES HIRE QUEENSLAND 400
Circuit: Queensland Raceway
Circuit Location: Willowbank, QLD
Circuit Length: 3.12km
Qualifying Format: Two 10 minute, one 20 minute qualifying session
Race Format: Two 33 lap races (100km), One 65 lap race (200km)
Times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC + 10 hours)
Friday 1st August 2014
10:10am 10:30am: Practice 1
1:15pm 1:35pm: Practice 2
3:10pm 3:30pm: Practice 3
Saturday 2nd August 2014
11:25am 11:35am: Qualifying Race 23
11:45am 11:55am: Qualifying Race 24
2:25pm 3:15pm: Race 23 (33 laps)
4:30pm 5:20pm: Race 24 (33 laps)
Sunday 3rd August 2014
12:55pm 1:15pm: Qualifying Race 25
3:50pm 5:20pm: Race25 (65 laps)
AUS TELEVISION SCHEDULE SEVEN NETWORK/7mate
Saturday 2nd August 2014
Sydney: 12:30pm 1:00pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 1:00pm 1:30pm V8 Xtra Seven, 1:30pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars Seven
Melbourne: 12:30pm 1:00pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 1:00pm 1:30pm V8 Xtra 7mate, 1:30pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars 7mate
Brisbane: 12:30pm 1:00pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 1:00pm 1:30pm V8 Xtra Seven, 1:30pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars Seven
Adelaide: 12:00pm 12:30pm Race Day Xtra 7mate, 1:00pm 5:00pm V8 Supercars 7mate
Perth: 10:30am 11:00am Race Day Xtra 7mate, 11:00am 11:30am V8 Xtra 7mate, 11:30am 3:30pm V8 Supercars 7mate
Sunday 3rd August 2014
Sydney: 1:30pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars Seven
Melbourne: 1:30pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars 7mate
Brisbane: 1:30pm 5:30pm V8 Supercars Seven
Adelaide: 1:00pm 5:00pm V8 Supercars 7mate
Perth: 11:30am 3:30pm V8 Supercars 7mate
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