V8 Supercars – Rick Kelly Snatches Victory In Darwin

June 18, 2011

V8 Supercars

Rick Kelly has scored Jack Daniel’s Racing its second win for the season with a spectacular victory in the opening race of the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, Northern Territory today.

Kelly jumped from fifth to first at a restart on lap 37, avoiding a skirmish at the first corner to drive to a comfortable victory, the 11th race win of his career.

The win sees Kelly jump to third place in the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship points standings.

The podium finish is Kelly’s third this season and his sixth in the colours of Jack Daniel’s Racing, driving for the team he and brother Todd Kelly started at the beginning of 2009.

Todd Kelly battled an ill-handling car for most of today’s 42-lap race following contact with another car early on. He soldiered on to finish in 16th place.

VICTORY STATS:

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

– Rick Kelly’s 11th V8 Supercars Championship race win and his 30th podium finish (his sixth podium and second win for Jack Daniel’s Racing/Kelly Racing)

– Kelly Racing has now scored eight 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 – first place (Saturday at Darwin – June 2011)

JACK DANIEL’S RACING QUOTEBOARD

RICK KELLY – #15 Jack Daniel’s Racing Holden Commodore:

“I had that name (Bradbury) in my head by the next turn,” said Rick Kelly.

“It took me a little bit to realise what had happened. I had focused all of my effort on that safety car to attempt to take a few spots and ended up in the front.

“I drove like a monkey for the next few laps because I just wasn’t expecting it. We were very lucky. I probably had a car that was capable of finishing fourth. I’m still sitting here wondering what happened.

“We still need to find pace here to match the guys in front.

“These sorts of results are what we’re going to need to get back up there. At the moment, we don’t have the car to challenge the two Triple Eight cars, but we’ve certainly got the opportunity for challenging for third.

“We need to focus on that and then start chipping away on first and second.”

2011 V8 Supercars Championship
Drivers Points Standings after Race 12 of 28

1. Jamie Whincup 1318
2. Craig Lowndes 1101
3. Rick Kelly 1037
4. Shane Van Gisbergen 1009
5. Garth Tander 986
6. Steven Johnson 946
7. Will Davison 924
8. Jason Bright 920
9. Alex Davison 873
10. Mark Winterbottom 857
15. Greg Murphy 596
20. David Reynolds 522
21. Todd Kelly 517

RESULTS: Race 1 (Series Race 12)
1. #15 Rick Kelly 42 laps
2. #17 Steven Johnson
3. #888 Craig Lowndes
4. #33 Lee Holdsworth
5. #6 Will Davison
6. #3 Tony D’Alberto
7. #9 Shane Van Gisbergen
8. #14 Jason Bargwanna
9. #88 Jamie Whincup
10. #49 Steve Owen
15. #11 Greg Murphy
16. #7 Todd Kelly
DNF #16 David Reynolds 9 laps

RESULTS: Top 10 Shootout
1. #5 Mark Winterbottom 1:09.1697
2. #88 Jamie Whincup 1:09.1749
3. #9 Shane Van Gisbergen 1:09.3509
4. #17 Steven Johnson 1:09.3581
5. #47 Tim Slade 1:09.4035
6. #33 Lee Holdsworth 1:09.4425
7. #888 Craig Lowndes 1:09.6001
8. #11 Greg Murphy 1:09.6093
9. #49 Steve Owen 1:10.1316
10. #55 Paul Dumbrell no time

RESULTS: Saturday Qualifying
1. #5 Mark Winterbottom 1:09.2123
2. #17 Steven Johnson 1:09.4370
3. #88 Jamie Whincup 1:09.4666
4. #11 Greg Murphy 1:09.5003
5. #888 Craig Lowndes 1:09.5040
6. #9 Shane Van Gisbergen 1:09.5613
7. #49 Steve Owen 1:09.5671
8. #47 Tim Slade 1:09.6157
9. #55 Paul Dumbrell 1:09.6445
10. #33 Lee Holdsworth 1:09.6496
12. #15 Rick Kelly 1:09.7195
13. #16 David Reynolds 1:09.7198
25. #7 Todd Kelly 1:09.9859

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