Rick Kelly has praised the V8 Supercars show and the efforts of the volunteers after being forced to watch Race 27 of the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship from the sidelines at Winton today.
The #15 Jack Daniel’s Racing driver was forced out of the race mid-way through, after contact with Mark Winterbottom. Teammate Todd Kelly also recorded a DNF after he was involved in a start line incident and was unable to take any further part in proceedings.
“We had an incident out there and I got to watch the last bit of the race from the side line and I’ve got to say it’s been a long time since I’ve done that and I’ve got to commend the volunteers and the safety guys,” Rick Kelly said.
“The job they did out there to recover the cars and to keep everything running smoothly, I haven’t seen that perspective before and it’s definitely impressive, so well done to those guys.
“Also standing on the sideline watching the end of the race it was an exciting one, but the cars are fantastic to watch and it’s an exciting sport, so you’ve got to pinch yourself that you’ve got the chance.
“It was a very eventful weekend for us, today the track shifted a bit and we didn’t get the car up the front in qualifying, so we were back in the race.
“We tried something in Race 1 and it wasn’t kind to us as far as drivability goes and then in the second race EP got the car straight back into the window and it was very pleasant to drive.
"As far as the incident goes, it's very disappointing, but sometimes that's motorsport."