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Nissan: Rick Kelly Takes Top 10 Clean-Sweep in Austin

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AUSTIN, Tex. – Rick Kelly has vaulted himself into 12th place in this year’s V8 Supercars Championship after his best eventuality of a 2013 season.

At a overwhelming Circuit of a Americas trickery in Austin, Texas, Kelly took his Nissan Altima to dual some-more tip 10 formula currently (ninth and eighth), adding to his sixth and eighth yesterday.

The improving gait of Altimas was exemplified in qualifying, with Kelly starting both races from fifth place – a best subordinate outcome for Nissan in a lapse to top-level Australian motorsport.

The formula have launched Kelly into 12th place altogether in a pretension follow and confirms a Altima as an rising hazard in a V8 Championship.

While Kelly took a healthy transport of points during a Austin venue, it was a frustrating day for a other 3 Nissan Motorsport drivers.

Todd Kelly also enjoyed a tip 10 starting position, subordinate ninth for Race 15, though found it formidable to pierce brazen in possibly race. The former Bathurst 1000 leader eventually finished 14th and 19th in a 100km races.

Norton 360-backed drivers James Moffat and Michael Caruso also endured mistakes and misfortune.

After scoring his sixth tip 10 competition finish of a year yesterday, Moffat and a #360 organisation finished a series of changes to a Nissan Altima for today’s races that eventually valid ineffective.

Moffat had a plain run to 17th in a initial competition though was a plant in a strife with Dean Fiore early in a second race. He spun to a behind of a field, though put in a stellar quip to take a convincing 14th.

The formula keep him placed 13th in a V8 Supercars Championship.

Michael Caruso started from 18th and finished 15th in a initial race, though found a best set-up in a final subordinate session, starting from a season-best ninth.

Caruso ran with a front-runners for a infancy of a race, usually to be taken out by James Courtney and spun to a behind of a pack. He eventually finished 24th.

The subsequent eventuality of a V8 Supercars Championship will be reason during Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway on Jun 14-16.


Rick Kelly – #15 Jack Daniel’s Nissan Altima

Qualifying Race 13: 10

Result Race 13: 6

Qualifying Race 14: 6

Result Race 14: 8

Qualifying Race 15: 5

Result Race 15: 9

Qualifying Race 16: 5

Result Race 16: 8

“To find some points this weekend and do a best to stay out of difficulty while we’ve got such a good automobile is unequivocally exciting,” Rick Kelly said.

“The group have worked so tough to broach this project, it’s unequivocally good to be means to broach that plain outcome for them and they should reason their conduct high with that.

“We’ve got a good team, a automobile was illusory all weekend, so we tuned it unequivocally well, all a stops were great, all unequivocally went to devise this weekend.

“Obviously a true line is still spiteful us here and a other frustrating thing is we got ran off 3 out of a 4 races by a same man and not most has been finished about that, that is a small disappointing.

“All in all we’ve got to unequivocally happy with that and we learnt so much. The subsequent turn competence be a small bit worse for us, though I’m unequivocally blissful we finished some good swell while we had a automobile to do it.”

James Moffat – #360 Norton 360 Nissan Altima

Qualifying Race 13: 16 (plus 5 grid mark penalty)

Result Race 13: 16

Qualifying Race 14: 10

Result Race 14: 10

Qualifying Race 15: 14

Result Race 15: 17

Qualifying Race 16: 22

Result Race 16: 14

“We only forsaken a round today. We competent poorly, had a few issues in Qualifying 1 that led into Qualifying 2,” pronounced James Moffat.

“We only mislaid a change of a automobile overnight, meditative we were doing a right things though they didn’t work.

“When we validate 22nd for a final race, it’s so tough to recover. we got incited around and we was in final place for a bit. The Safety Car did assistance us, though I’m undone since we feel like we haven’t unequivocally finished it a approach we should have.

“The certain for currently is that we managed to collect dual mid-field finishes. We ticked a points over, though we would have favourite a few more.”

Todd Kelly – #7 Jack Daniel’s Nissan Altima

Qualifying Race 13: 17

Result Race 13: 25

Qualifying Race 14: 16

Result Race 14: 16

Qualifying Race 15: 9

Result Race 15: 14

Qualifying Race 16: 15

Result Race 16: 19

“It wasn’t that good a run in subordinate for that second eventuality so we started behind a bit and we’re only so exposed during a start of a competition and in a opening laps on restarts during a moment, though once all settles in a cars are unequivocally utterly unbelievable,” Todd Kelly said.

“Overall it’s good in some ways and utterly unsatisfactory in others, a gait that we’ve got with a scarcity we’ve got in other areas is outstanding, so there’s a outrageous volume of intensity there.

“I’d go as distant as observant that Rick would have nearby been on a front quarrel if we had a volume of time that everybody else has to rise a engine, so a outrageous volume of intensity and when we get that sorted out it will be a unequivocally good package.”

Michael Caruso – #360 Norton 360 Nissan Altima

Qualifying Race 13: 25

Result Race 13: 20

Qualifying Race 14: 14

Result Race 14: 15

Qualifying Race 15: 18

Result Race 15: 15

Qualifying Race 16: 9

Result Race 16: 24

“It’s unequivocally frustrating. We had an intensely good car, that was displayed in a final competition where we competent ninth,” pronounced Michael Caruso.

“The path time that we could do in that second competition was flattering good, so it’s frustrating since we were using strong.

“Getting taken out is a never nice. We’re going by a severe patch during a moment, though a positives are that a speed is there. We only need a small bit of fitness to go a way, and hopefully it’s only around a corner.”


All weekend formula and championship points

RESULTS: Race 13

1. Jamie Whincup

2. Craig Lowndes

3. Fabian Coulthard

4. Will Davison           

5. Garth Tander

6. Rick Kelly

7. Jonathon Webb

8. Mark Winterbottom

9. James Courtney

10. David Wall

16. James Moffat

20. Michael Caruso

25. Todd Kelly


RESULTS: Race 14

1. Jamie Whincup

2. Craig Lowndes 

3. Fabian Coulthard

4. Jonathon Webb

5. Shane Van Gisbergen 

6. Mark Winterbottom

7. Scott McLaughlin

8. Rick Kelly 

9. Will Davison

10. James Moffat

15. Michael Caruso

16. Todd Kelly


RESULTS: Race 15

1. Fabian Coulthard

2. Craig Lowndes

3. Jamie Whincup

4. Jonathon Webb

5. Shane Van Gisbergen

6. Garth Tander

7. Mark Winterbottom

8. Jason Bright

9. Rick Kelly

10. James Courtney

14. Todd Kelly

15. Michael Caruso

17. James Moffat


RESULTS: Race 16

1. Jamie Whincup

2. Fabian Coulthard 

3. Shane Van Gisbergen

4. Garth Tander

5. Craig Lowndes

6. Mark Winterbottom

7. Jason Bright 

8. Rick Kelly  

9. Jonathon Webb 

10. James Courtney

14. James Moffat

19. Todd Kelly

24. Michael Caruso



1. Jamie Whincup, 1247

2. Craig Lowndes, 1105

3. Will Davison, 1029

4. Fabian Coulthard, 984

5. Jason Bright, 945

6. Shane Van Gisbergen, 907

7. Garth Tander, 888

8. Mark Winterbottom, 861

9. James Courtney, 825

10. Jonathon Webb, 768

12. Rick Kelly, 651

13. James Moffat, 638

22. Michael Caruso, 398

26. Todd Kelly, 328