IPSWICH CHALLENGE: Todd Kelly in his Jack Daniel’s Nissan Altima.
IPSWICH CHALLENGE: Todd Kelly in his Jack Daniel’s Nissan Altima. Contributed

Kelly gang gunning for finely-tuned preparation at raceway

JACK Daniel's Racing drivers Todd and Rick Kelly will be looking to wheel a quick pair of Nissan Altimas out of the transporter next weekend at Queensland Raceway.

Car set-up is a key factor on the home test track for the Queensland-based teams.

On paper, the 3.12km long circuit looks simple. However, the four right and two left-hand corners require a unique set-up to achieve quick lap times.

The track also provides a challenge for drivers, with precision required to maximise speed, in what is proving to be the closest V8 Supercars championship on record.

An area where the Jack Daniel's Racing duo is looking to capitalise on is tyres, with the weekend to run exclusively on the soft compound. This has proven to be to the liking of the cars in 2014.

The three qualifying sessions over the weekend will be an area for focus for the Kelly brothers, ahead of Saturday's twin 100km races, and Sunday's 200km race.

"Queensland Raceway is a unique circuit compared to a couple of the circuits we have just come from," Todd Kelly said.

"It has a couple of quite fast corners, and a couple of medium speed corners that are quite unique. You need to tune the car a little bit differently to how you would at a Townsville or Darwin for instance.''

Rick Kelly said Queensland Raceway was a track that was difficult to master.

"The category is closer now than it ever has been before," Rick Kelly said.

"So for us there is a focus on getting the cars dialled in as best we can, and from myself just try and get the most out of it."


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