Rick Kelly wins exciting Race 12 in Darwin


Saturday 18th June, 2011 - 5:04pm


jack Daniel's Racing's race winner Rick Kelly

jack Daniel's Racing's race winner Rick Kelly

Rick Kelly has won Race 12 of the V8 Supercars Championship in an exciting race at Hidden Valley Raceway.

The Jack Daniel’s Racing driver came from 12th on the grid to take a stunning victory, taking advantage of a late restart crash to climb from fifth to first in one corner.

“Everyone speared off and I was lucky to get through,” Kelly told Channel Seven on the post-race podium.

“It was good to get JD up on the podium, lucky, but I’m stoked.”

Steve Johnson (Jim Beam Racing) finished second ahead of Craig Lowndes (TeamVodafone), Lee Holdsworth (Fujitsu Racing), Will Davison (Trading Post Racing), Tony D’Alberto (Wilson Security Racing), Shane van Gisbergen (SP Tools Racing), Jason Bargwanna (Jana Living Racing) Jamie Whincup (TeamVodafone) and Steve Owen (VIP Petfoods Racing).

Kelly was handed the win in dramatic fashion when race-long leader Mark Winterbottom made a slow run onto the front straight. He was swamped by Jamie Whincup, Shane van Gisbergen and Lee Holdsworth, only for the four drivers to clash, allowing Kelly and Johnson through.

Holdsworth held third for a few laps until fading tyres dropped him back off the podium.

Championship challenger Jason Bright was one of the few retirements, copping a flat tyre during the race before being collected at high speed by Stratco Racing’s David Reynolds.

Tim Slade (Lucky 7 Racing) was running a comfortable sixth before a fault saw him pull up on the side of the road, causing the controversial final Safety Car. Slade eventually got going, coming him 21st.

Paul Dumbrell (The Bottle-O Racing) raised the most eyebrows at the start of the race when he was accidentally bumped off the road by his close friend Rick Kelly. To rejoin the circuit, Dumbrell short cut the circuit considerable, rejoining the track with a huge lead.

Dumbrell readdressed his position, eventually racing to 20th.

Race 13 of the V8 Supercars Championship will be held tomorrow.

See below for audio from race winner Rick Kelly.

Rick Kelly – Saturday V8 Darwin win 2011 by speedcafe

See below for the full Race 12 result

1 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 42 54:30.8593
2 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 42 54:33.3710
3 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 42 54:35.3864
4 Fujitsu Racing GRM Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE2 42 54:36.3440
5 Trading Post FPR Falcon Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 42 54:36.9235
6 Wilson Security Racing Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 42 54:37.2993
7 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 42 54:37.5022
8 Jana Living Racing Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE2 42 54:38.1625
9 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 42 54:39.3118
10 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Holden Commodore VE2 42 54:43.7170
11 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 42 54:43.7896
12 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 42 54:43.8597
13 Bundaberg Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 42 54:44.3472
14 Jim Beam Racing James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 42 54:44.7099
15 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 42 54:46.4815
16 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 42 54:47.8562
17 Triple F Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 42 54:48.3943
18 Toll Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 42 54:49.2639
19 Irwin Racing Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 42 54:49.5881
20 The Bottle-O Racing Team Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 42 54:53.2873
21 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 42 54:53.7499
22 Mother Energy Racing Team Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 42 54:54.0242
23 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 42 54:54.8928
24 Gulf Western Oil Racing Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE2 41 54:50.6604
25 Toll Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 40 54:50.8643
DNF Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 38 51:13.7427
DNF Team Boc Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 9 11:00.8510
DNF Stratco Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE2 9 11:01.9188

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