The elder Kelly brother started his weekend in fine style, by setting the fastest lap time in practice for Australian V8 Supercar round at Pukekohe. But the Fords of James Courtney and Mark Winterbottom were less than a tenth of a second behind.
April 20, 2007, 5.15pm. Holden Racing Team’s Todd Kelly has set the fastest time in practice for this weekend’s Australian V8 Supercar meeting at Pukekohe, south of Auckland.
His 55.7719-second lap is outside the practice session lap record of 55.4789 seconds set by NZ-born Steven Richards in a Holden Commodore VY in 2005.
Second quickest this afternoon was James Courtney in a Stone Brothers Ford Falcon, at 55.8492s.
He was just ahead of FPR Falcon pilot Mark Winterbottom on 55.8665s.
The Toll HSV Commodore drivers were next quickest, Perth round winner Garth Tander the quicker, on 55.8795s.
His teammate, series leader and reigning champion Rick Kelly, set fastest lap of 56.0457s. Rick had been the pace-setter during the first segment of the two-part practice session.
Vodafone Falcon racer Craig Lowndes completes the top six, on 56.0457s.
NZ-born Steven Richards is the fastest of the Kiwis, in 11th place with 56.2176s in the second FPR car.
Jason Richards is 13th in the Tasman/MTA Commodore VE, lapping at 56.2470s.
He had been third fastest early in the first segment before hitting dirt on the track and spinning in Turn 3 in the Esses.
He returned for part 2 with the repaired Holden, and almost came to grief on dirt again.
Fabian Coulthard was 19th in his Sirromet Commodore, followed in 20th by Paul Radisich’s Team Kiwi Racing Falcon.
Greg Murphy was 23rd in the second Tasman Commodore, saying that he was chasing an “unhappy feeling” in the car.