November 1, 2013
Bathurst, Australia (October 13th, 2013) - Nissan Motorsport has finished the 2013 Bathurst 1000 with a pair of top-20 results in its return year to 'The Great Race.'
#360 James Moffat / Taz Douglas
#15 Rick Kelly / Karl Reindler
James Moffat and Taz Douglas were the best of the Nissan Altimas in 18th place after a trying day. The #360 Norton Nissan was hampered by handling issues early in the race, while an engine-mapping problem hampered the car's speed.
Moffat completed the race on the lead lap - a trying result for the Altima's first attempt at Mount Panorama. Meanwhile, Rick Kelly and Karl Reindler, driving the #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Altima finished 19th, one place behind Moffat/Douglas. Kelly and Reindler chipped away for the 1000km with no major issues or mistakes. They also completed the race on the lead lap. The #300 Altima of Michael Caruso and Daniel Gaunt was also running with its sister cars, only for a power steering problem to hamper its progress.
Things were a lot worse for Todd Kelly and David Russell, however. Running in a strong position in the first hour of the race, Russell struck a stray kangaroo on the circuit. The incident broke the cross member, ruling the #7 Jack Daniel's Altima out after 22 laps.
James Moffat - #360 Norton Nissan Altima
“We had a massive battle on our hands the whole day. The chassis balance wasn't great to start with, but we slightly improved it throughout the day. Our straight-line speed isn't the best in the field, but we seemed even worse off today due to a mapping issue which made the drivability out of the slower corners very hard. I was holding on for dear life, so it was pretty disappointing to go all that way and finish 18th. We move from here to the Gold Coast and we need to regroup as a team and perform much better than that.”
Taz Douglas - #360 Norton Nissan Altima
“Personally, it's the highest I've ever finished at this race, so that is nice, but it was a tough day. Right from the first stint, we had engine dramas. We know we struggle in that department, but it was worse than what it normally is.”
Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
“That was one of the fastest races I've ever seen around here, we pushed all day and the team did a great job. Karl did a great job, everything went to plan, we just didn't have the straight-line pace and the outright pace that we needed.
“We gathered some points and with the straight-line deficiency we've got, I think that was all we could have hoped for from here. I've got to be satisfied; the team did a great job all weekend.”
Karl Reindler - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
“We knew it was going to be a long day for us, but Rick and myself worked on the car throughout the day and towards the end of the race we were pretty happy with it.
“I think we have to be happy. We really didn't put a foot wrong at all throughout the day - no mistakes - and with the equipment we had, drove the perfect race. The strategy was good, so credit is due to the team. We had two Nissans finish Bathurst, which is a great attempt considering one of them was taken out by a kangaroo.”
|1||5||Ford||Mark Winterbottom / Steve Richards||161||6:11'27.9320|
|2||1||Holden||Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell||161||6:11'28.4060|
|3||888||Holden||Craig Lowndes / Warren Luff||161||6:11'34.1680|
|4||2||Holden||Garth Tander / Nick Percat||161||6:11'35.0270|
|5||8||Holden||Jason Bright / Andrew Jones||161||6:11'42.0660|
|6||80||Holden||Scott Pye / Paul Morris||161||6:11'48.1860|
|7||6||Ford||Will Davison / Steve Owen||161||6:11'57.1970|
|8||33||Holden||Scott McLaughlin / Jack Perkins||161||6:12'11.2730|
|9||55||Ford||David Reynolds / Dean Canto||161||6:12'13.9980|
|10||10||Holden||Andy Priaulx / Mattias Ekstrom||161||6:12'16.2090|
|18||360||Nissan||James Moffat / Taz Douglas||161||6:13'09.6660|
|19||15||Nissan||Rick Kelly / Karl Reindler||161||6:13'11.5940|
|25||300||Nissan||Michael Caruso / Daniel Gaunt||147||6:13'33.3140|
|-||7||Nissan||Todd Kelly / David Russell||20||48'06.6978|