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Rick Kelly takes Kelly Racing’s first V8 win

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Saturday 16th April, 2011 - 11:49am

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Rick Kelly has taken his first win since Oran Park in 2008

Rick Kelly has taken his first win since Oran Park in 2008

Rick Kelly has scored Kelly Racing’s first victory in the V8 Supercars Championship, winning a wet Race 5 at the ITM400 Hamilton.

Jack Daniel’s Racing’s Kelly beat home TeamVodafone driver Craig Lowndes and team-mate and older brother Todd.

Todd was forced to hold off a gallant Mark Winterbottom in the closing stages.

Rounding out the top 10 was James Courtney (Toll Holden Racing Team), Steve Johnson (Jim Beam Racing), Will Davison (Trading Post FPR), Greg Murphy (Pepsi Max Crew), Fabian Coulthard and James Moffat (Jim Beam Racing).

The win was Rick Kelly’s first since Oran Park in 2008.

For championship leader Jamie Whincup, an error on new slick tyres on a cold, greasy track cost him dearly. The two-time champion collected the concrete wall at the exit of pit lane, dropping him down a number of laps.

Despite the difficult conditions during the opening, the first Safety Car did not appear until Lap 29 when the Lucky 7 Racing Falcon Tim Slade slid off the circuit at high-speed and hit a tyre bundle.

Slade’s incident was one of two Safety Car periods, with a errant door skin on the front straight late in the race causing the other yellow period.

The rain produced unpredictable conditions, but besides Slade’s accident, the most damage happened in pit lane.

Shane van Gisbergen, Garth Tander, Michael Caruso and Craig Lowndes all made errors at the pit booms, knocking over a few of their crew members. There is an injury concern for Tander’s mechanic who was taken to hospital with a suspected broken hand.

See results below …

1 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 59 01:38:27.0660
2 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 59 01:38:28.3793
3 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 59 01:38:34.9911
4 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 59 01:38:35.5377
5 Toll Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 59 01:38:41.0770
6 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 59 01:38:42.5037
7 Trading Post FPR Falcon Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 59 01:38:44.2947
8 Bundaberg Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 59 01:38:45.5244
9 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 59 01:38:46.2665
10 Jim Beam Racing James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 59 01:38:48.0028
11 Irwin Racing Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 59 01:38:50.6340
12 Wilson Security Racing Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 59 01:38:59.1030
13 Jana Living Racing Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE2 59 01:39:53.5429
14 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 58 01:38:38.9748
15 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 58 01:38:42.0123
16 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 58 01:38:47.2927
17 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 58 01:38:48.1784
18 Toll Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 58 01:38:49.8200
19 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 58 01:38:51.0034
20 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Holden Commodore VE2 58 01:38:53.4746
21 Triple F Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 57 01:38:49.0037
22 Fujitsu Racing GRM Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE2 57 01:39:09.6277
23 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 56 01:38:55.2733
24 Stratco Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE2 52 01:39:03.2430
DNF Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 26 41:21.8233
DNF Mother Energy Racing Team Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 22 33:41.8310
DNF Gulf Western Oil Racing Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE2 14 22:21.0225

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