Encouraging Signs for Jack Daniel's Nissans
Today's 200km race at Queensland Raceway proved to be a positive affair for Jack Daniel's Racing's Rick and Todd Kelly, with the pair's Nissan Altimas registering solid progress, although not necessarily shown in the final results.
Overnight setup changes to both cars proved to pay dividends in the extended all soft-tyre race, with Todd exclaiming post-race that the car was the best he had driven since the introduction of the New Generation V8 Supercars.
Unfortunately minor off-track excursions hindered both drivers, with Rick finishing 15th, and Todd 21st.
After 25 races, Rick sits 16th in the point standings amidst a tight pack, while Todd remains in 24th.
The V8 Supercars Championship continues at Sydney Motorsport Park from August 22-14.
JACK DANIEL'S RACING QUOTEBOARD
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying Race 25 11th
Race 25 15th
"Unfortunately it was sometimes a little uneventful out there for me, especially when there are no safety cars", said Rick Kelly.
"We got off to a reasonable start, the guys gave me a strategy to come out with a set of green tyres at the end.
"I thought I had some more grip than what I did, and I went off at turn three and lost probably five spots.
"We should have finished ninth, and we wound up 15th, so unfortunately it was a silly mistake by me which cost us a pretty damn solid result, which probably would have been our second top-ten of the weekend.
"I'm a bit upset at myself for that, but we made some changes to the car today to change some handling traits that we've had all weekend, and I really think we managed to do that and make some good progress.
"Unfortunately everyone else seemed to make some pretty good progress overnight as well.
"After I made the mistake we still had good pace, I was racing with Tim Slade who drove a really solid race and didn't put a foot wrong, so that was the best we could do.
"On to the next one which should be a good one for us, I'm looking forward to that."
TODD KELLY - #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima:
Qualifying Race 25 19th
Race 25 21st
"It's funny to say this, but I actually had a grin on my face for most of that race," said Todd Kelly.
"The car was unbelievable, we changed it a little bit for qualifying, and we didn't really get the most out of it, and we went quite a bit further with it for the race, and it just hooked it up.
"I then made a change to the (anti-roll) bars late in the race on older tyres, when a lot of other guys were on greens, and we were one of the fastest cars on the track.
"So it really hooked up there towards the end, it's just a shame I didn't put qualifying together with that setup change, and I also had a lap where the brakes went right to the floor, and I couldn't pull it up before turn three and I lost a lot of time.
"It was a bad day results wise, but a good day with what we've found in the car, and I can't wait to get to the next round to see how it goes.
"But today was probably the best car we've had since we started with the Nissan Altimas."
1. James Courtney
2. Craig Lowndes
3. Chaz Mostert
4. Scott Pye
5. James Moffat
6. Jamie Whincup
7. Nick Percat
8. Michael Caruso
9. Garth Tander
10. Shane Van Gisbergen
15. Rick Kelly
21. Todd Kelly
(Provisional after 25 races)
1. Jamie Whincup - 1790 points
2. Mark Winterbottom 1775
3. Craig Lowndes - 1628
4. James Courtney - 1598
5. Fabian Coulthard - 1535
6. Shane Van Gisbergen - 1532
7. Scott McLaughlin - 1347
8. Chaz Mostert - 1322
9. Garth Tander - 1309
10. David Reynolds
16. Rick Kelly 1005
24. Todd Kelly - 662