V8 Supercars – Kelly Brothers Will Go Flat Out For Cash On Offer At Albert Park

March 23, 2011

V8 Supercars

Jack Daniel’s Racing drivers Todd and Rick Kelly have promised to go all out in pursuit of victory at the Albert Park 400 at the Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, Victoria this weekend.
While no points are on the line at the non-championship event, the A$500,000 prizemoney on offer has spurred the Kelly brothers to go on the attack in pursuit of the cash.

Rick Kelly, who finished second at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide last weekend, says that he will ‘wring the neck’ of his #15 Jack Daniel’s Commodore around the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit this weekend.

The two-time Bathurst winner will be a busy driver, also competing in the Red Bull Race Off against former F1 race winner David Coulthard, young Aussie F1 test driver Daniel Ricciardo and motocross star Robbie Maddison.

Meanwhile, the Jack Daniel’s Racing crew have been hard at work repairing damage to Todd Kelly’s #7 Jack Daniel’s Commodore ahead of this weekend’s three V8 Supercars races.

Todd Kelly rates the Albert Park layout as one of his favourite circuits on the V8 calendar. He is a two-time race winner and two-time polesitter at the venue and qualified fourth for last year’s event, one spot ahead of brother Rick, only for mechanical failure to set him back.

JACK DANIEL’S RACING QUOTEBOARD:

RICK KELLY – #15 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore

“I’ll be wringing that thing’s neck around there, there is no doubt about it,” said Rick Kelly.

“Nothing is going to help our team more than the $500,000 that they have got up on offer so we will be going like cut snakes to get it.”

On competing in the Red Bull Race Off at the Australian Grand Prix …

“I’m more nervous about the Red Bull Race Off than I am about racing the Jack Daniel’s Commodore in the main event,” said Rick Kelly.

“I’ve never really driven a front wheel drive car on the track before and I’m up against David Coulthard!

“It’s such a pleasure and such a big buzz to be driving alongside someone of that stature.

“Obviously the little Aussie, Daniel Ricciardo, is going to be really tough to beat as well.

“I know Robbie Maddison as well – I’ve got a time lapse shot of his jump in Las Vegas on the wall of my office at Kelly Racing – and we’ve caught up when he has raced a MINI at our V8 events over the past few years.

“It’s going to be a great race and I’m really looking forward to it.”

TODD KELLY – #7 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore

“The boys have kicked my Jack Daniel’s Commodore back into shape in the space of about half a day when we got back from Adelaide,” said Todd Kelly.

“I love Albert Park. I’ve had some pretty good results there over the past and a lot of the stuff that is in all of our cars now is actually quite close to the direction we went in last year at Albert Park.

“Last year I qualified in fourth and then had a brake nipple come loose, but our pace was really good there last year and we’ve done a heap more to the cars in that same direction since then.

“So I’m quietly confident that we should have a good weekend there.”

KEY FACTS:

– Albert Park a happy hunting ground for Todd Kelly …

* Todd Kelly has won two V8 Supercar races at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, taking out the opening race of the weekend in both 2005 and 2006

* He is also a two-time pole position winner at Albert Park, topping qualifying in both 2005 and 2006

* Rick Kelly’s best form at Albert Park came in 2008, when he scored three top four finishes

* Last year the Jack Daniel’s Commodores were fast around the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, with Todd Kelly qualifying in fourth and Rick Kelly in fifth place

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