NISSAN MOTORSPORTS

April 5, 2014

ALL EYES ON WINTON FOR NISSAN MOTORSPORT AFTER TOUGH DAY IN 2014 V8

V8 Supercars Championship Race Report -Tyrepower Tasmania 400

Tasmania, Australia (March 28-30, 2014) - Nissan Motorsport has shifted its focus to the next V8 Supercars Championship event at Winton Raceway next week after a tough day at Symmons Plains today.

All four Nissan drivers struggled to keep pace at the Tasmanian circuit, with the best finishers just inside the top 20.

Norton Nissan driver Michael Caruso started the day on a high, qualifying a promising 12th place, but the 30-year-old was not able to maintain his position among the leaders and slipped back. He eventually finished 19th - the best of the four-car Nissan Motorsport team.

Jack Daniel's-backed Rick Kelly finished in 20th place, just ahead of his team-mate and brother Todd Kelly.

James Moffat qualified and finished in 22nd place.

In the championship standings, Rick Kelly, in 11th place overall, ranks the highest of the Nissan Motorsport drivers.

The V8 Supercars Championship will be reignited next weekend for the Winton 400 at Winton Motor Raceway, Victoria.

At Winton last year, Moffat wrote his name in the history books by taking Nissan's first victory in the V8 Supercars Championship. Despite the team's difficulties at Symmons Plains this weekend, the team is confident of an improved showing on its home test track.

DRIVER QUOTES

Michael Caruso, #36 Norton Nissan Altima
“Today started off quite good. I put together the best qualifying lap I've ever done around here. I thought it was a ripper,” said Michael Caruso.
“Considering the package we have, I was confident starting in 12th place. I thought we'd move forward, but we didn't, and it's quite embarrassing.
“The performance of all four cars was no acceptable. We got our pants kicked and it's important that we get to work straight away and have a serious look at ourselves.”

Rick Kelly, #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima
“It was a tough day in the office, it was just a tough weekend,” said Rick Kelly.
“We had very bad luck yesterday with the brake failure and getting helped off the track, it's all part of life.
“We really wanted to come out today and capitalise on the longer race, we like longer races with the strategy and pit stops, there's plenty of time to race to a good result.
“The guys did a great job with the stops, but unfortunately we just didn't have the pace.
“We haven't quite got the straight line speed we need, but we didn't have the setup here.
“We go to tracks as a team where we are extremely strong, and we go to tracks where we are weaker, I think a lot of that is down to the new generation car.
“It's good to get this one out of the way early in the season, it's a bad track for us, and now we head to the best track for us at Winton.
“We'll have a look at what we need to do for next year at Symmons Plains, but we are definitely excited for the tracks coming up after Winton where we will be strong at.”

Todd Kelly, #7 Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altima
“We need to go and have a good hard look at ourselves after this weekend, the performance we had was pretty clear, with all four cars finishing nose to tail,” said Todd Kelly.
“We just didn't have the pace, and a lot of work needs to be done.
“We've got a lot of work to do before Winton, it's going to be a busy few days.”

James Moffat, #360 Norton Nissan Altima
“It was a pretty frustrating day for myself and all of Nissan Motorsport today,” said James Moffat.
“The biggest thing for me is that I was struggling to match it with my team-mates, but we were all struggling to be anywhere near the rest of the field.
“It's not a good situation to be in and hopefully we can improve.
“It's extremely disappointing after a reasonably solid start to the season at Adelaide.
“We'll be pushing hard at Winton next week, because there's no way we want to have a race meeting like this again.”


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[ Race Results ] - Race 3 / 42 laps
Pos Machine Driver Team Time / Behind
1 Holden Commodore VF Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia 39:48.2632
2 Holden Commodore VF James Courtney Holden Racing Team 39:49.1630
3 Ford Falcon FG Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew 39:49.6170
4 Holden Commodore VF Russell Ingall Repair Management Aust Racing 39:53.3870
5 Volvo S60 Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing GRM 39:53.5757
6 Holden Commodore VF Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 39:54.0579
18 Nissan Altima James Moffat Norton Hornets 40:07.4387
21 Nissan Altima Michael Caruso Norton Hornets 40:09.1448
DNF Nissan Altima Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 17:03.4753
DNF Nissan Altima Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 11:44.7004
[ Race Results ] - Race 5 / 42 laps
Pos Machine Driver Team Time / Behind
1 Holden Commodore VF Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia 42:46.3425
2 Ford Falcon FG Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew 42:46.8300
3 Holden Commodore VF Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing 42:48.5764
4 Volvo S60 Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing GRM 42:50.0583
5 Holden Commodore VF Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia 42:50.2617
6 Holden Commodore VF Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 42:53.5310
12 Nissan Altima James Moffat Norton Hornets 42:56.8137
13 Nissan Altima Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 42:57.2563
14 Nissan Altima Michael Caruso Norton Hornets 42:58.4573
24 Nissan Altima Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 43:08.2043
[ Race Results ] - Race 6 / 84 laps
Pos Machine Driver Team Time / Behind
1 Holden Commodore VF Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia 1:15:08.3240
2 Holden Commodore VF Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia 1:15:13.7150
3 Holden Commodore VF James Courtney Holden Racing Team 1:15:18.4190
4 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG V8 Supercar Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8 1:15:21.3525
5 Holden Commodore VF Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing 1:15:21.4766
6 Volvo S60 Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing GRM 1:15:25.8096
19 Nissan Altima Michael Caruso Norton Hornets 1:15:08.8823
20 Nissan Altima Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 1:15:09.4277
21 Nissan Altima Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 1:15:10.2046
22 Nissan Altima James Moffat Norton Hornets 1:15:16.6820

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