Reigning V8 Supercar champion Rick Kelly sets the VE Commodore pace in pre-season testing.
Kelly sets VE Commodore pace
February 21, 2007. Toll HSV Dealer Team driver Rick Kelly set the fastest Holden Commodore VE lap time in pre-season testing for the Australian V8 Supercars at a hot and dry Winton Raceway on Tuesday.
The reigning champion lapped the circuit in 1 minute 23.0 seconds, almost a second quicker than the next fastest VE on the day.
The Toll HSV cars ran all day on old rubber.
On Monday, Garth Tander’s #16 VE Commodore was the fastest of the new Holdens.
On Tuesday, Kelly went faster again as the team applied its accumulated knowledge to his car.
“We spent the day getting to know the car and how it responds to various changes,” Kelly said. “And it was great, no problems at all and plenty of promise. We’re pumped and looking forward to the real thing at Clipsal (Round 1 of the 2007 championship on the Adelaide street circuit at the start of March).”
HRT and Toll HSV WILL race
February 21, 2007. The Holden Racing Team (HRT) and the Toll HSV Dealer Team have reached an agreement with the controlling body of the V8 Supercar Championship Series teams TEGA, to continue to race in the series.
It had been suggested earlier hat neither team could race because Scots businessman Tom Walkinshaw had an ownership interest in both teams, contrary to V8 Supercar regulations.
All parties met on Monday and reached an agreed position on the validity of both licences.
TEGA said it was satisfied that operational, ownership and control arrangements put forward by both teams met with the conditions of the Team’s Licence Agreement (TLA), pending the provision of supporting documentation.
This means that all 31 licence holders, in anticipation of the documentation from HRT and Toll HSV, will be on the grid at next week’s Clipsal 500 in Adelaide and in the V8 Supercar Championship Series in 2007.
TEGA is responsible for the licensing of teams that compete in the V8 Supercar Championship Series, along with the rules of the sport, issues of compliance and those affecting the teams.