Rick Kelly Takes Victory in NZ as Todd Grabs Third

April 16, 2011

V8 Supercars

Jack Daniel’s Racing has scored a double podium in spectacular circumstances with Rick Kelly winning the opening race of the ITM400 in Hamilton, New Zealand today.

Rick Kelly lead home Craig Lowndes to take the 10th race win of his career and the first ever race win for Kelly Racing.
Todd Kelly made it an even sweeter victory for brother Rick by coming home in third place despite not having a functioning windscreen wiper for the last 17 laps of the race.

Todd Kelly held out Mark Winterbottom to hold onto the final podium place with a spectacular passing more with just two laps remaining in a race held in treacherous wet conditions.

Rick Kelly started from third place in his #15 Jack Daniel’s Commodore, but a fast start had him in first place by the first corner.

From there Rick controlled the race, only headed when other drivers on a different pit strategy leaped ahead.

Rick Kelly held a 10 second lead in the closing stages, but a Safety Car period for debris on the front straight on lap 53 erased that advantage.

With Lowndes menacing the rear of Rick’s car, the 28-year-old held his nerve to claim the long awaited first win for the Kelly Racing operation, founded in 2009.

Todd Kelly was second when the Safety Car was called, but was passed by Lowndes at the restart with just five laps to go.

Winterbottom also passed the #7 Jack Daniel’s Commodore, but determined to share the team’s success on the podium, Todd Kelly charged back into third on the slippery circuit.

To top a superb day for Kelly Racing, Greg Murphy survived today’s race to score ninth place in the team’s #11 Pepsi Max Commodore.

Rick Kelly rises to fourth place in the 2011 V8 Supercars Champinoship standings after five races, with Todd Kelly now in 16th place.

The second race of the ITM400 Hamilton will be held tomorrow, with a further 59-lap race to start at 3:05pm local NZ time.

STATS: Today’s double podium is …

– The first V8 Supercars Championship race win for Kelly Racing, which was launched in March 2009

– The first double podium for Jack Daniel’s Racing and Kelly Racing. Jack Daniel’s has sponsored a two-car V8 Supercar team since 2006

– Rick Kelly’s 10th V8 Supercars Championship race win and his 29th podium finish (his fifth podium and first win for Kelly Racing)

– Todd Kelly’s 27th V8 Supercars Championship podium (his second podium finish for Kelly Racing)

– Kelly Racing has now scored seven podiums in its short history:
* Rick Kelly – third place (Saturday at Phillip Island – November 2009) 

* Rick Kelly – second place (Sunday at Phillip Island – November 2009) 

* Todd Kelly – second place (Saturday at Barbagallo – November 2009) 

* Rick Kelly – third place (Saturday at Sydney – December 2010) 

* Rick Kelly – second place (Sunday at Adelaide – March 2011)
* Rick Kelly – first place (Saturday at Hamilton – April 2011)
* Todd Kelly – third place (Saturday at Hamilton – April 2011)


RICK KELLY – #15 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore

“In the dry and in the wet the Jack Daniel’s Commodore was fantastic,” said Rick Kelly.

“I am really stoked for the guys. They have worked so hard in the lead-up to this. The car was really quick. The last thing you want to hear on the radio with five or six laps to go with a five second lead is a Safety Car. If it wasn’t for that we would have been first and second.

“It’s a great way to win our first race for Kelly Racing with trying conditions and different pit strategies and wet and dry conditions. We want more and more (success). It’s hard out there with four competitive guys in the team. You learn a lot from them and you push each other. It won’t be long for all of us will be fighting for a position on the podium.

“I probably stitched Todd up in the restart a little bit because the engineer didn’t tell me that the Safety Car was in pit lane and you can’t accelerate until you hear that on the radio. I took it really slow right up until the control line which didn’t help Todd at all.”

TODD KELLY – #7 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore

“I am just really happy to be here and not in the fence out there somewhere,” said Todd Kelly.

“I raced the last 17 laps without the wipers working, which were probably the hardest laps I’ve done in my life.

“It’s hard enough in those conditions when the wipers are working. But when the engineer is saying you are in second and you have to press on when you can’t see where you are going was not much fun.”

“But to be up here with two cars on podium and Rick with the win is pretty special to do it as a driver but to do it and be responsible for every aspect of the team now as we are, you can’t really top that.”

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