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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 23rd 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —19 Kelly reaches 100-race milestone I T came as quite a sur- prise to supercar young gun Rick Kelly that he would become the youngest driver to reach the 100-round milestone at Sym- mons Plains next weekend. Kelly, 26, hopes his century will bring good luck on a track wherehewonondebut in 2004. But the 100 record will come with a pang of guilt for the 2006 supercar champion, given he will take if off his brother Todd, who was 27 when he reached his ton. ‘‘It was a shock to hear I was about to bring up 100 race weekends,’’ Rick said. ‘‘It’s great to be reaching that milestone, though it’sabit of a bummer I’ve got to take that record off Todd. ‘‘But at least we keep it in the family.’’ The Kelly gang joined forces this year to form the Jack Daniels Racing team, which is placed eighth out of 17 in the teams championship. In the drivers champion- ship, Rick is fifth in the championship and Todd 23rd. CONFIDENT: The Kelly brothers are set for Symmons. Rick said that was a good start for the family-run team. ‘‘At the start of the year we knew the task we had ahead of us was an extremely difficult one,’’ Kelly said. ‘‘We set an aim of getting into the top five in the points in the first half of the year. ‘‘That would give us the opportunity towards the end of the year to improve the cars and our own performances and move further forward. ‘‘To be able to achieve what we have to this point is great and we’re certainly showing enough potential there to keep moving forward. with JAMES BRESNEHAN SHOCKED: Rick Kelly couldn’t believe he’d reached 100 races ‘‘We meet daily to try and work out how to go quicker. ‘‘Everyone within the team has so much motivation to keep getting stronger.’’ The Jack Daniels brothers can’t wait to hit Symmons in their black beauties. ‘‘Todd won there last year when he was racing for Larry Perkins,’’ Kelly said. ‘‘We know the set up and we know what works there from Todd’s point of view and also from my past experiences. ‘‘Symmons is probably going to be the strongest round we’ll have so far this season. ‘‘We should go quite well and get a good result.’’ Symmons is probably going to be the strongest round we’ll have so far this season ‘ ’ Ambrose keeps top 20 spot in Nascar championship MARCOS Ambrose continued his top-10 form with a solid run in the latest round of the Sprint Cup on his home track at Charlotte, North Carolina. Ambrose came home 10th from the 14th starting spot in his Toyota Camry, a solid build-up to the giant Coca- Cola 600 at Charlotte this weekend and a result that also kept him in the top 20 in the Nascar championship. Macrowclosesgap TIM Macrow has closed the gap on British raider Joey Fisher after the latest leg of the Formula 3 Championship at Phillip Island. He claimed pole and won the second heat, after Fisher claimed the first, to close the points gap to 17. In other action at the island, David Wall was the GT cham- Pitstop with PAUL GOVER pionship winner in his Por- sche GT3 and Brett Holds- worth claimed top points in the Commodore Cup. Davison tests well ALEX Davison had his first full day of V8 Supercar testing at Queensland Raceway last week and is hopeful of im- proved form in coming races with Stone Brothers Racing. His Irwin Ford was also lappedbyMarkWinterbottom of Ford Performance Racing as the two blue oval factory teams swap information in a bid to drive them forward and end the domination of the TeamVodafone’s Jamie Whin- cup and Craig Lowdnes. McFarlane returns ANDREW McFarlane re- turned from eight years over- seas to blitz the field in the first race of the Australian Motocross round at Too- woomba’s Echo Valley. Jay Marmont still leads the Pro Open championship by 13 points, while Matt Moss closed the lead to Luke George in the Pro Lites series. Rally schedule changes THE Australian Rally Cham- pionship will wrap in Novem- ber, following the postpone- ment of the Coffs Harbour event, originally set for June. Heavy rainfall over the course for the Daikin Coffs Coast Rally in March forced the organisers to re-schedule the event, although the exact date for the forest racing grand final has still to be set. LOLA makes comeback LOLAis returning toFormula One in 2010 in a move that would see it join the proposed US GP team in a cost-capped world championship. The world’s largest racing car manufacturer has not been in F1 for more than a decade. Its last effort collapsed after an appearance at the Austral- ian Grand Prix when funding from a major finance com- pany did not eventuate. Repco route confirmed THE route for the return of Repco Rally Australia to the world championship has been confirmed with a 340-kilometre course in the northern rivers region of NSW. The rally will be run from September 3-6 and is expected to boost the local economy in the around around Murwil- lumbah by more than $30 million. Tagliani misses Indy ALEX Tagliani was the only high-profile casualty during final qualifying for this year’s Indianapolis 500. The former Champ Car front- runner missed a place in the 33-car field. The lineup for the race on May 24 is set with Helio Castroneves on pole. 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