20 AUG 2017
Top 4 Result For Nissan In Sydney
A consistent weekend for Nissan Motorsport has resulted in the #23 Nissan NISMO entry finishing fourth overall on points at the Sydney SuperSprint.
Michael Caruso finished 7th in today's 200km race around the Sydney Motorsport Park Circuit to back up his 6th placed result yesterday. Following on from the practice pace which saw the #23 Nissan NISMO driver top the times twice earlier in the weekend, Caruso's consistency saw him finish 4th for the weekend, and is a very positive sign heading into the upcoming Pirtek Endurance Cup rounds of Sandown, Bathurst, and the Gold Coast.
Todd Kelly managed his tyres well to finish in an excellent 10th place at the end of this afternoon's 52 lap event. The #7 carsales Racing driver started the race in 13th and, following the mid-race safety car brought out for Rick Kelly's puncture, Todd was forced onto a longer strategy and needed to manage his car to the flag. Utilising all of his experience, Kelly worked his way through the order to claim his 4th Top 10 of the year.
Rick Kelly was demonstrating strong pace in the #15 Sengled Racing Altima, however when his right rear tyre punctured it took away his rear panels as well as any chance of a good result. So severe was the damage caused by the tyre detonating that a safety car was brought out. The team managed to repair the Altima and Kelly crossed the line in 20th.
Simona De Silvestro qualified the #78 Team Harvey Norman entry in 22nd for this afternoon's event, but the Swiss driver received a penalty for engaging the pit lane limiter too early following her pit stop. The drive-through dropped De Silvestro down the order, and a late race throttle issue ensured De Silvestro had little chance of recovering positions.
Michael Caruso - #23 Nissan NISMO
"We finished the weekend 4th on points overall, so that is a big positive for us. When you looked at the weekend as a whole, that's considerably better than what we've been able to achieve in previous rounds. Overall, good progression and let's hope we carry this for the next three events. The year has presented its challenges, so to leave Bathurst, Sandown or Gold Coast with a good result would be ideal."
Todd Kelly - #7 carsales Racing
"That was a different race. Every race is different, how you need to approach it, but that was very unusual. Once we ended up with that safety car and ended up having to do so many laps on those tyres, the whole strategy changed. It became a race of the driver having to manage the car and generate passing moves. It was driving around with fingertips to look after the tyres, so it was a good challenge."
Rick Kelly - #15 Sengled Racing
"The tyre pressure sensor told me that we'd lost pressure, and then 3 seconds later it blew the back out of the car out. It's probably number 7 for our car this year and number 368 for the category... It's just one of those things that caught us out today. We tried to offset ourselves in the hope of a late-race safety car, which never eventuated, but we drove it hard to the flag. The damage the tyre did to the rear of the car damaged some of the electronics. We had great pace until that happened. We managed to fix that and got a good indication from 23rd of where our pace needs to be. So that's a big positive for us for the next one."
Simona De Silvestro - #78 Team Harvey Norman
"I got a drive through for something that other drivers seem to be doing as well. So that is pretty frustrating. We also had an issue with our throttle, so throughout the race we were getting less and less full throttle. By the end of the race, we were down to 40% full throttle. A disappointing race for us, so keen to have that one behind me."