Australian V8 series leader Rick Kelly heads to Pukekohe with the clear aim of consolidating his championship edge.
April 18, 2007, 5.30pm. Championship leader, Clipsal 500 winner Rick Kelly, is out to continue Holden’s six-year clean sweep of Australian V8 Supercar rounds at Pukekohe this weekend.
It’s the final time the Aussie V8s will race at the ultra-high-speed track before the NZ round moves to the new Hamilton street circuit next year.
With two podiums in the first two 2007 rounds, Kelly has amassed 115 points to move into first place. His Toll HSV Dealer Team teammate Garth Tander, who won Round 2 in Perth, is second, on 102 points.
Kelly is confident heading into the Pukekohe round which begins with a two-hour practice session on Friday.
“A podium is do-able, and we’re all very keen to do a fantastic job,” he says.
“The track is very different from Adelaide and Perth, and the faster corners will probably test the (VE Commodore’s) aero package.
“But the car was nicely balanced at Turn 8 at Adelaide and on the sweeper during testing at Winton, so we’re fairly confident it will be fine.
“It’s important for the championship defence to finish in the top three or four so we can try and break away (Kelly is the reigning V8 champion).
“Obviously, that’s the big aim, and while it’s going to be difficult, we need a podium at (Pukekohe) to move towards that goal