NISSAN MOTORSPORTS

March 17, 2014

MICHAEL CARUSO GRABS NISSAN MOTORSPORT'S FIRST WIN FOR 2014

Michael Caruso takes a deserved podium place at the Albert Park street circuit today.

2014 V8 Supercars Championship Race Report - 2014 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

Melbourne, Australia (March 14-16, 2014) - Caruso, driving the Norton/beyondblue Nissan Altima, finished third in today's race, enough to secure third overall for the Grand Prix event.

Caruso fell back down the ladder early, but with some great speed behind the wheel of his #300 beyondblue Altima, Caruso raced his way passed the competition, eventually passing Garth Tander at the finish line for third overall.

Unfortunately, Caruso's Nissan team-mates didn't have such a great day. Jack Daniel's Racing's Todd Kelly pulled out of the race after an engine issue. Rick Kelly and James Moffat were then both taken out after a clash involving Caruso and Jamie Whincup.

The incidents meant that Moffat, Todd Kelly and Rick Kelly finished the AGP weekend down in 19th, 20th and 21st respectively.

The next event on the V8 Supercars Championship calendar will be held at Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania in two weeks time.

Michael Caruso, #300 Norton/beyondblue Nissan Altima
“It's an absolutely brilliant result for Norton, beyondblue and Nissan,” said Michael Caruso.
“We started fifth and got crushed back to eighth. It was on for young and old out there and I was getting hit at every corner of the car.
“To manage to climb back up to third, it was a testament to the fantastic car speed that we had. It was as good as it's been this weekend.
“And to get Garth (Tander) over the line, it makes the result even sweeter.”

James Moffat, #360 Norton Nissan Altima
“Before the Safety Car, the speed of the car was fantastic. I was definitely pulling in Fabian (Coulthard) who was wounded with a flat spotted tire, but I felt it was just a matter of time before we reeled him,” said James Moffat.
“It was a great effort by the boys. They tuned it up overnight and the changes definitely worked. That was one positive. Obviously, the result wasn't fantastic, but I was a victim of other people's accidents. That's motor racing, though.
“It's a shame for the guys, because they'll be fixing the car when they probably shouldn't have to be.
“I'm more encouraged now, because we have a bit of speed back in the old girl, and that's something to look forward to for the rest of the year.”

Todd Kelly, #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima
“The weekend was looking not too bad, we had the potential to have all four cars in the top-ten for most of the weekend, and we've only come back with one car in the end,” said Todd Kelly.
“It's disappointing, but the speed from the cars has been pleasing.
“We'll bounce back at Symmons Plains.”

Rick Kelly, #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima
“It was the exact opposite of what we hoped for,” said Rick Kelly.
“Sunday at the AGP always goes a little bit crazy with double points, and there was some really good fierce racing out there.
“We got a couple of good restarts and moved forward a little bit, and unfortunately we went under another car there and caught his back wheel when he moved over a bit.
“It sent me in the air, and it was a bit out of control from there to be honest.
“Once I climbed on the brakes I couldn't do much, it took us out, and it took (James) Moffat out as well, which is really disappointing because the last thing you want to have is for team cars to come together.
“No doubt we are all quite disappointed by that, the car pace was really good, in our car we made really good improvements today.
“That's as good as we could have hoped for from the weekend, we got (Michael) Caruso on the podium, we've now got to focus on Tasmania.”


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[ Race Results ] - Race 1 / 10 laps
Pos Machine Driver Team Time / Behind
1 Holden Commodore VF Shane Van_Gisbergen Team Tekno VIP Petfoods 19:48.4100
2 Holden Commodore VF Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia 19:54.5905
3 Volvo S60 Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing GRM 19:55.5983
4 Nissan Altima Michael Caruso Norton Hornets 19:55.8951
5 Holden Commodore VF Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing 19:56.4490
6 Holden Commodore VF Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 19:57.9238
8 Nissan Altima James Moffat Norton Hornets 19:59.8856
10 Nissan Altima Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 20:00.8776
11 Nissan Altima Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 20:01.1223
[ Race Results ] - Race 2 / 12 laps
Pos Machine Driver Team Time / Behind
1 Holden Commodore VF Shane Van_Gisbergen Team TEKNO VIP Petfoods 23:58.7720
2 Holden Commodore VF Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia 23:59.3239
3 Holden Commodore VF Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing 24:00.6313
4 Nissan Altima Michael Caruso Norton Hornets 24:01.4437
5 Volvo S60 Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing GRM 24:02.3916
6 Holden Commodore VF Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 24:07.4400
11 Nissan Altima Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 24:11.6833
12 Nissan Altima James Moffat Norton Hornets 24:14.3771
13 Nissan Altima Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 24:15.9313
[ Race Results ] - Race 3 / 12 laps
Pos Machine Driver Team Time / Behind
1 Holden Commodore VF Shane Van_Gisbergen Team Tekno VIP Petfoods 27:53.0754
2 Holden Commodore VF Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing 27:53.5763
3 Holden Commodore VF Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia 27:54.0476
4 Volvo S60 Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing GRM 27:58.3861
5 Holden Commodore VF Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 27:59.0605
6 Nissan Altima Michael Caruso Norton Hornets 27:59.5098
10 Nissan Altima Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 28:05.8145
11 Nissan Altima Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 28:06.1030
12 Nissan Altima James Moffat Norton Hornets 28:07.1533
[ Race Results ] - Race 4 / 12 laps
Pos Machine Driver Team Time / Behind
1 Volvo S60 Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing GRM 25:35.4161
2 Holden Commodore VF Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia 25:36.5026
3 Nissan Altima Michael Caruso Norton Hornets 25:42.0084
4 Holden Commodore VF Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 25:42.0115
5 Holden Commodore VF Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing 25:42.7761
6 Mercedes E63 AMG Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8 25:42.9410
DNF Nissan Altima James Moffat Norton Hornets 17:40.1022
DNF Nissan Altima Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 17:40.6390
DNF Nissan Altima Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 12:10.9162

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