It was a dramatic weekend for carsales Racing at Pukekohe Park Raceway in Auckland, New Zealand.
Check out a summary of each day’s racing below and for more insights, take a loot at our special TODDtalks editorial series where carsales Racing’s Todd Kelly sheds light on the highs and lows of competing in Australia’s number one motorsport category.
Starting from 17th on the grid, Todd Kelly had a challenging opening to the race dropping a few places at the start. Showing good speed in the mid-pack, Kelly and team-mate Dale Wood made contact as the pair battled for position. The incident left the #7 carsales Racing entry with braking issues for the remainder of the race. The wounded Altima crossed the line in 19th.
Todd Kelly's strong qualifying performance saw the #7 carsales Racing Altima start just outside the Top 10. A difficult opening lap resulted in Kelly losing 2 places, and despite showing good speed during the middle of the race, the best that could be achieved was 16th.
Todd Kelly - #7 carsales Racing
"The first race was a bit of a disaster, we got tangled up with a couple of other drivers and damaged the car. It was a battle to get the thing back after that. I speared off two or three times trying to pull the car up, so that was a pretty average race in the end. In the second race, the car was a lot better, but we just went in the wrong direction at the start. We were a lot more competitive in that race, so we’ve heading in the right direction. We just need to do a better job of it tomorrow."
Gearbox issues troubled Todd Kelly during the 35 lap event. Starting from 16th on the grid, Kelly would gain one position and cross the line 15th.
Todd Kelly drove an aggressive race that saw him move up the order and finish in 11th. The #7 carsales Altima showed strong pace from the start of the race, including in his battle with fellow Nissan driver Michael Caruso that had the pair side-by-side onto the front straight.
Todd Kelly - #7 carsales Racing Altima
"Today went well for us, but I probably used too much of the tyres getting passed some other cars. It didn’t look like there was a whole lot of passing going on but our car was really strong. It had good pace and allowed me to pass people. If we had been further up I think the car was good enough to sit well inside the Top 10. It’s good to finish the weekend with a solid result and a straight car.
In just under a month, the Supercars championship will conclude with the Sydney 500 at the Olympic Park Street Circuit.