Qualifying, Driver 2, Rick Kelly goes fastest

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Saturday 11th September, 2010 - 12:53pm

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Rick Kelly will start from pole in his qualifying race at Phillip Island this afternoon

Rick Kelly will start from pole in his qualifying race at Phillip Island this afternoon

Jack Daniel’s Racing’s Rick Kelly has taken pole in the Driver 2 qualifying session ahead of the qualifying race this afternoon.

At a circuit that Kelly and the JDR team has shown strong form at in the past, the 2006 V8 champ finished on top of the table ahead of the two TeamVodafone Commodore VEs of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes.

Lowndes had a couple of off-track excursions, but was able to score a top three starting slot for his race.

Kelly said that he was happy with the result, but doesn’t want to get too far ahead of himself.

“The car was really good,” Kelly said.

“We got pole a couple of years ago, and the team has spent a lot of time during the mid-season break to get more speed out of it.

“I think our car will be strong. When we were here in November last year we finished third and second. We just need to keep a level head, not get too excited and think about tomorrow.”

Championship leader James Courtney (#18 Jim Beam Racing) will start his qualifying race from fourth ahead of Mark Winterbottom (#5 Orrcon FPR), Will Davison (#22 Toll HRT), Marcus Marshall (#17 Jim Beam Racing), Steve Richards (#6 Dunlop FPR), Lee Holdsworth (#33 Fujitsu Racing) and Paul Dumbrell (#55 The Bottle-O Racing).

The first qualifying race will be held at 2.35pm, followed by the second qualifying race 4.35pm.

Qualifying result for Driver 2

1 15 Rick Kelly 1:32.4448*
2 1 Jamie Whincup 1:32.4631
3 888 Craig Lowndes 1:32.5541
4 18 James Courtney 1:32.6858
5 5 Mark Winterbottom 1:32.7817
6 22 Will Davison 1:33.0556
7 17 Marcus Marshall 1:33.0653
8 6 Steven Richards 1:33.0748
9 33 Lee Holdsworth 1:33.1203
10 55 Paul Dumbrell 1:33.2298
11 47 Tim Slade 1:33.2338
12 9 John McIntyre 1:33.3018
13 3 Shane Price 1:33.3023
14 2 Cameron McConville 1:33.3206
15 34 Greg Ritter 1:33.4380
16 24 Fabian Coulthard 1:33.4820
17 7 Dale Wood 1:33.5265
18 4 Alex Davison 1:33.5359
19 14 Jason Bright 1:33.5613
20 39 Russell Ingall 1:33.6267
21 19 David Russell 1:33.7614
22 12 Michael Patrizi 1:33.7697
23 30 Nathan Pretty 1:34.1387
24 10 Nick Percat 1:34.1781
25 8 Andrew Jones 1:34.1928
26 51 Tim Blanchard 1:34.4266
27 11 Glenn Seton 1:34.5601
28 27 Damian Assaillit 1:34.6570
29 44 Geoff Emery 1:34.7542
30 16 Tony Ricciardello 1:34.7997
31 21 David Wall 1:34.8859

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