NISSAN MOTORSPORTS

October 31, 2013

KELLY / RUSSELL SALVAGE 11TH PLACE IN TOUGH SANDOWN 500

2013 V8 Supercars Championship Race Report

Sandown, Australia (September 15th, 2013) - Jack Daniel's Racing drivers Todd Kelly and David Russell finished 11th at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 - the best of the four Nissan Altima V8 Supercars.

In a tough race for the new V8 Supercars squad, Kelly claimed his 11th-place result was “almost like a win” after a tough day at the office, which included one more pit stop than all of those cars he finished behind.

The #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan of Rick Kelly/Karl Reindler finished 16th, hampered in the middle part of the 500km race with a small mechanical issue. The problem was rectified in his final stop, leaving him to charge through to 16th with a number of clean and clever passes.

It was a tough day for the two Norton-backed Nissans. The #36 Michael Caruso/Daniel Gaunt car suffered from an electrical problem before the race started, forcing them to start from the pit lane. Gaunt suffered a minor off during his stint, but fortunately, it gave him good track position when the first Safety Car came out.

Caruso jumped in the car and was looking like running inside the top 20, but a number of issues saw them finish down in 20th.

Douglas raced competitively during his stint and handed the car to Moffat in 19th - only for suspension failure to put the car out of the race for 37 laps.

The Norton Nissan crew worked hard to ensure the #360 Altima got back out on track to score valuable championship points.

The next event of the V8 Supercars Championship will be held at the world famous Mount Panorama circuit for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on October 10-13.

Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
“That's as good as we're ever going to get today. It almost feels like a win.
“We didn't make any mistakes. Perry my engineer did an awesome job to keep us on the lead lap and the car was great, so for the amount of speed we were lacking on the straight and the amount of aggression we were getting from the cars behind, I think to finish 11th is an awesome result. When we get a little bit more straight-line speed under our belt the cars are going to be extremely good.”

David Russell - #7 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
“I was starting in the car, so I had to get off the line well. I managed to get a good start, so the priority from there was just to shake the cars behind out of the draft because I knew when we got on the back straight we'd be vulnerable.
"I just had to press on and manage those gaps. We had a few Safety Cars early in the race and the main thing I had to consider was minimizing the risk of losing too much time if someone did get a run on me down the straight. I was happy with the stint and to give the car back to Todd in good condition, which set him up to finish the race, so very happy, it was a great day.”

Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
“We wanted a good clean run today. We knew we weren't going to be challenging at the front with the issues we have at this particular circuit. It's not easy, so to finish 16th, we're pretty happy.
“In the second last stint we had a little issue with the car which was rectified in the last pit stop, letting us battle our rivals again. I actually really enjoyed the race. Karl did a great job, the team did a great job and for us it's really good preparation for Bathurst, so we're pretty happy with that. Also, Todd scoring 11th is great for the whole team. We just need some more results like this at Bathurst to keep building momentum.”

Karl Reindler - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
“I'm incredibly happy, given we're on the back foot with the straight-line speed, which made it a really tough race. I had fantastic pace compared to a lot of the guys in front, but it was incredibly difficult to race and pass”

Michael Caruso - #36 Norton Hornets Nissan Altima
“I am disappointed. We need to get back to the shop, sit down and really go over the preparation and procedures. We knew this event would be tough, but we seemed to make things worse for ourselves.”

Daniel Gaunt - #36 Norton Hornets Nissan Altima
“In my stint, I made one mistake early and went off track. It actually helped us in the long run as we managed to time our pit stop nicely, under the Safety Car. We need to find a bit more pace for Bathurst, and it's never going to be easy with the horsepower and fuel burn, but we'll keep chipping away at it.”

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[ Race Results ] - Race 28
Pos No Machine Driver Laps Time
1 1 Holden Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell 161 3:22'54.6200
2 888 Holden Craig Lowndes / Warren Luff 161 3:23'02.8090
3 6 Ford Will Davison / Steve Owen 161 3:23'12.5625
4 4 Mercedes-Benz Lee Holdsworth / Craig Baird 161 3:23'13.5330
5 22 Holden James Courtney / Greg Murphy 161 3:23'20.7710
6 5 Ford Mark Winterbottom / Steve Richards 161 3:23'21.1370
7 14 SHolden SFabian Coulthard / Luke Youlden 161 3:23'25.8660
8 33 Holden Scott McLaughlin / Jack Perkins 161 3:23'27.9290
9 66 Holden Russell Ingall / Ryan Briscoe 161 3:23'33.1460
10 34 Holden Alexandre Premat / Greg Ritter 161 3:23'44.5010
11 7 Nissan Todd Kelly / David Russell 161 3:23'46.4290
16 15 Nissan Rick Kelly / Karl Reindler 160 3:23'03.8470
20 36 Nissan Michael Caruso / Daniel Gaunt 160 3:23'10.1830
26 360 Nissan James Moffat / Taz Dougla 123 3:23'17.0820

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