November 28, 2013
Phillip Island, Australia (November 24th, 2013) - After a hectic weekend of racing, Nissan Motorsport has secured a double top-10 result in the final race at Phillip Island today.
#360 James Moffat
#15 Rick Kelly
Norton-backed driver James Moffat took a fine seventh-place finish in today's second race, one place ahead of Jack Daniel's Racing teammate Rick Kelly.
The results come after Michael Caruso's 10th-place finish yesterday, making it three top-10s for the Nissan team at the 4.445km Victorian circuit.
Moffat endured a difficult first race today, involved in two incidents that saw him head off the track. He did well to fight back to 21st.
In the second race, Moffat qualified 13th and moved up, getting as high as sixth before eventually crossing the line in seventh.
Rick Kelly started the day with a 13th-place finish before taking a strong eighth - his best result for the weekend. His consistent efforts keep him 14th in the championship.
His Jack Daniel's Racing stablemate Todd Kelly finished 16th and 13th in the two races.
For Caruso, it was a frustrating day, suffering two oil pump failures - both of which occurred while he was in a competitive position.
The final event of the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship will be held at the Sydney Telstra 500 on December 6-9.
James Moffat - #360 Norton Nissan Altima
“It has been a really tough weekend, but finishing seventh in the final race is a positive.
“We only really got the car right today. Getting pushed off during the first race was a shambles, and I felt that starting from 13th with a good car, we should be able to capitalize on it, which we did.
“I was working really well with Caruso in the last race, and we were working towards a double top-10 result, so it was a shame that he didn't finish that one.”
Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
“It's very easy for us to get swallowed up the straights and it's quite obvious at this track, but I really enjoyed the weekend and there are a lot of cars behind us that have more pace, so I have to be satisfied with that.
“We had all four cars in the top 12 or 13 for the whole race apart from the end, so I feel for Caruso because he got himself into seventh and that was very impressive.
“It's a tough one. During every Safety Car period it was very easy for us to slip backwards and we managed to stay there, so I'm happy with that and excited to go to the last round and try and get a couple of top-10s in the longer hotter races.”
Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
“That was one of the most frustrating races I've had. The car was better, we made a few improvements from the first race today and it had less understeer and looked after its tires better.
“There were about four or five cars in front of me who probably shouldn't have been if all things were equal. Coming onto the straight four or five car lengths behind, they'd end up in front by turn one, so it was frustrating.
“When we get that straightline pace sorted, these are going to be good cars round here.”
Michael Caruso - #36 Norton Nissan Altima
“We qualified brilliantly today, considering where we currently are in development process of the Nissan Altima.
“To get the car up to eighth in qualifying was great.
“But when you're running in and around the top 10 and you have two of the same engine problems … it kind of sums up our year.
That's eight or nine DNFs for this year, and that's why we're so far down in the championship.
“Ultimately, it's probably going to come back to being a development year.”
|1||2||Holden||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team||1:16'53.7960|
|2||14||Holden||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing||1:16'56.8833|
|3||18||Ford||Alex Davison||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||1:16'58.0713|
|4||1||Holden||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing Australia||1:16'58.6070|
|5||5||Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||1:16'58.8755|
|6||17||Ford||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing||1:16'59.8374|
|7||97||Holden||Shane van Gisbergen||TEKNO Team VIP Petfoods||1:17'00.5444|
|8||888||Holden||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing Australia||1:17'00.7676|
|9||12||Ford||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing||1:17'00.7710|
|10||36||Nissan||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing||1:17'02.4536|
|16||7||Nissan||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel's Racing||1:17'06.8140|
|20||15||Nissan||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel's Racing||1:17'10.0320|
|-||360||Nissan||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing||22Laps|
|1||888||Holden||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing Australia||38'02.5527|
|2||1||Holden||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing Australia||38'03.5540|
|3||97||Holden||Shane van Gisbergen||TEKNO Team VIP Petfoods||38'08.1875|
|4||12||Ford||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing||38'08.5403|
|5||14||Holden||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing||38'09.0793|
|6||18||Ford||Alex Davison||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||38'09.2580|
|7||5||Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||38'09.8050|
|8||6||Ford||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||38'10.0370|
|9||55||Ford||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||38'12.1506|
|10||2||Holden||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team||38'12.3390|
|13||15||Nissan||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel's Racing||38'14.0800|
|16||7||Nissan||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel's Racing||38'16.7932|
|21||360||Nissan||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing||38'19.2217|
|-||36||Nissan||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing||11Laps|
|1||1||Holden||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing Australia||42'22.9004|
|2||5||Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||42'23.7854|
|3||888||Holden||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing Australia||42'24.3052|
|4||8||Holden||Jason Bright||Team BOC||42'24.7966|
|5||14||Holden||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing||42'25.7546|
|6||6||Ford||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||42'27.5852|
|7||360||Nissan||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing||42'30.4450|
|8||15||Nissan||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel's Racing||42'31.4650|
|9||18||Ford||Alex Davison||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||42'32.8542|
|10||97||Holden||Shane van Gisbergen||TEKNO Team VIP Petfoods||42'33.0623|
|13||7||Nissan||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel's Racing||42'34.6630|
|-||36||Nissan||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing||2Laps|