V8 Supercars – Jack Daniel’s Racing to Start Midfield for Bathurst‏

October 8, 2011

V8 Supercars

Both Jack Daniel’s Racing Commodores will start Sunday’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from midfield after qualifying at Mount Panorama in New South Wales today.

Rick Kelly and Owen Kelly will start from 16th place on the starting grid aboard the #15 Jack Daniel’s Commodore, while Todd Kelly and David Russell will start from 19th place in the #7 Jack Daniel’s Commodore.

Both entries are confident of improvement between now and Sunday’s 161-lap race, with outright qualifying speed not crucial in the longest race of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship season.

Kelly Racing’s #16 Stratco and #11 Pepsi Max Commodores enjoyed a stellar qualifying session today, with David Reynolds fourth fastest followed by Greg Murphy in fifth.

The speed of Reynolds and Murphy’s cars will be of benefit to Jack Daniel’s Racing as the team debriefs overnight and compares set-ups across all five of the team’s entries.

Garth Tander qualified on provisional pole today ahead of Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup.

The Top 10 Shootout will be held on Saturday afternoon to set the starting positions for the first five rows of the grid, with the 2011 edition of ‘The Great Race’ kicking off on Sunday morning.

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

“We’re 16th and you always come to Bathurst with really high hopes and do a lot of work to make sure you are up the front,” said Rick Kelly.

“That’s a bit of a kick in the guts for us obviously. For Friday we came here today with a very different set-up to last year and we haven’t had a lot of dry running after yesterday was all wet.

“The track was a little bit different from the practice session this morning to qualifying in the afternoon and it just caught us out a little bit.

“There is not much time to tune the car in qualifying and we weren’t able to make any major improvements so unfortunately we are back there now.

“The good thing is that it’s still only Friday. We’ve got a practice session tomorrow and the morning warm-up on Sunday to move the #15 Jack Daniel’s Commodore into the window where we need it, get Owen and myself a little bit more comfortable in the car and work out how we can get up to the front.

“The Stratco and Pepsi Max guys did an awesome job. To be fourth and fifth around this place is an extraordinary effort. To be anywhere in the top 10 is great; top five is fantastic.

“We can definitely learn from that now. It’s just a bummer we couldn’t find that ourselves in that session.

“As soon as you finish the session and look where the other guys are it’s very easy to work it out. We can certainly use that to our advantage and that gives us good confidence heading into tomorrow as we tune the car for Sunday.”

TODD KELLY – #7 Jack Daniel’s Holden Commodore:

“We didn’t do a good enough job,” said Todd Kelly.

“I started the session very similar to what (David) Reynolds did and we both had exactly the same dramas with our cars early on in qualifying.

“Reynolds fixed his and dialed the problem out of it, I didn’t and that’s where we both are now.

“The good thing is that if we do those same changes to my Jack Daniel’s Commodore now it should make us a much better package.

“The bad thing is that it’s passed us by and it’s all too late for qualifying. We have worked out what happened and where we went wrong once the chequered flag came out.

“It’s fantastic for the crews on the Stratco and Pepsi Max Commodores. It’s an awesome effort for Bathurst. They’ve really nailed the sessions today.

“It makes us feel good that we’ve got a crew there that’s doing a great job.

“We’ve put five cars out there that are identical. They’ve done a better job at tuning them today and I’m really proud of all of our blokes.”

RESULTS: Qualifying
1. #2 Garth Tander 2:07.6640
2. #5 Mark Winterbottom 2:07.7187
3. #88 Jamie Whincup 2:07.7408
4. #16 David Reynolds 2:07.8371
5. #11 Greg Murphy 2:07.9126
6. #888 Craig Lowndes 2:08.0024
7. #1 James Courtney 2:08.0035
8. #33 Lee Holdsworth 2:08.0942
9. #9 Shane Van Gisbergen 2:08.0955
10. #49 Steve Owen 2:08.1411
16. #15 Rick Kelly 2:08.5250
19. #7 Todd Kelly 2:08.7271

29. #77 Grant Denyer 2:11.7371

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