Jack Daniel’s Racing confirms endurance line-up

  • Thursday 17th May, 2012 6:15pm
  • Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©
Tim Blanchard (left) and David Russell

Tim Blanchard (left) and David Russell

Jack Daniel’s Racing has confirmed that David Russell and Tim Blanchard will join the team for this year’s Sandown and Bathurst endurance races.

Russell, who drives in the squad’s Dunlop Series team under the Dreamtime Racing banner, will share the #15 entry with Rick Kelly, while Blanchard will join Todd Kelly in car #7.

Both drivers were a part of Kelly Racing’s endurance effort last year, with Russell seeing the continuity as a strength this time around.

“It’s great to be back in the JD garage that is for sure,” said Russell, who co-drove with Todd Kelly last year.

“It’s good to have that continuity. I have been in the cars before, but obviously there’s a switch this year to partner Rick which is something I am relishing.”

Russell and Blanchard are among 25 co-drivers set to turn laps at Phillip Island tomorrow in the lead-up to this weekend’s Phillip Island 300.

“This weekend is all about getting a base setup for Todd for the rest of the meeting,” said Blanchard, who currently sits fifth in the 2012 Dunlop Series points standings, where he drives a Matthew White Motorsport prepared Ford.

“It also gives me the opportunity to get used to driving one of the Kelly Racing cars against a full field of V8s.”

Although yet to be confirmed, Owen Kelly and Daniel Gaunt are expected to complete the four-car Kelly Racing squad’s endurance roster, and will both suit-up for the team at Phillip Island tomorrow.

See below for the final Phillip Island entry list

#Sponsor NameDriver NameAdditional DriverAdditional DriverModel
1TeamVodafoneJamie WhincupPaul DumbrellVE II
2Holden Racing TeamGarth TanderNick PercatVE II
3Team HiflexTony D’AlbertoDale WoodFG
4Irwin RacingLee HoldsworthCraig BairdLuke YouldenFG
5Orrcon Steel FPR FordMark WinterbottomSteven RichardsJohn McIntyreFG
6Tradingpost FPR FordWill DavisonSteven RichardsJohn McIntyreFG
7Jack Daniel’s RacingTodd KellyTim BlanchardDavid RussellVE II
8Team BOCJason BrightAndrew JonesDavid BesnardVE II
9SP Tools RacingShane van GisbergenCraig BairdLuke YouldenFG
11Fair Dinkum Sheds RacingKarl ReindlerDaniel GauntOwen KellyVE II
12Jim Beam RacingDean FioreFG
14Lockwood RacingFabian CoulthardAndrew JonesDavid BesnardVE II
15Jack Daniel’s RacingRick KellyDavid RussellTim BlanchardVE II
17Jim Beam RacingSteven JohnsonFG
18Team Norton DJRJames MoffatAlex DavisonFG
19Tekno AutosportsJonathon WebbScott McLaughlinVE II
21Wilson Security RacingDavid WallChris PitherVE II
22Holden Racing TeamJames CourtneyCameron McConvilleVE II
30Team iSelectTaz DouglasScott PyeVE II
33Fujitsu Racing GRMAlexandre PrematGreg RitterVE II
34Fujitsu Racing GRMMichael CarusoJack PerkinsVE II
47Lucky 7 RacingTim SladeAndrew ThompsonFG
49V.I.P. PetfoodsSteve OwenPaul MorrisFG
51Pepsi Max CrewGreg MurphyOwen KellyDaniel GauntVE II
55The Bottle-O FPR FordDavid ReynoldsDean CantoFG
66Supercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallChristian KlienVE II
91Tekno AutosportsMichael PatriziJonny ReidVE II
888TeamVodafoneCraig LowndesPaul DumbrellVE II

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Phillip Island 300 Race Guide

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