The first test day of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship was held over the weekend at Eastern Creek Raceway. Also an open track day for fans, they came out in the thousands (an estimated 50,000!) to support their racing heroes and check out the 2011 Supercars on the track. In between laps, team briefings and media interviews, Rick and the other drivers took time out to sign autographs for their loyal fans.
The 2011 V8 Supercars Championship kicks off Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February with the Yas V8 400 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
RICK KELLY - #15 Jack Daniel’s Commodore:
“It was a very busy day for us today with juggling trying to see our fans as well as working on the Jack Daniel’s Commodores,” said Rick Kelly. “It was a good event and great to see such a big crowd. When we had the grid walk there were just so many people and everyone was happy to see us.
“The whole crowd really seemed to enjoy their Saturday. It's a good thing and maybe next time we can extend the event over two days to include more fans things and media commitments as well as all the testing. I was stoked with my Jack Daniel’s Commodore today. The guys have put their hearts and souls into building this thing to be fast and to be super-schmick and it really is, so I'm quite excited about my new car.
“The whole day the car actually performed very well. We were in the top few the whole morning and we did not have any soft tyres or any good hard tyres by any means. I think we can be pretty confident.
“Overall I'm pretty excited. I'm stoked. The timesheets show we are 25th in the afternoon session because we didn’t have any tyres but even so we were around the top five all morning and in the top 10 for most of the day so overall I'm happy.”