Revamped Clipsal hailed: Drivers will push harder and racing will be tougher, say Kellys

MILDURA V8 Supercar driver Todd Kelly believes the revamped Clipsal 500 this weekend will result in better racing for spectators.

For the first time, the Saturday race will be split into two 125km races, with the first race to start at 4.20pm, while the second race will start at 6.50pm.

Drivers will then race over 250km on Sunday.

Kelly said the change of format would make it easier for drivers to recover for Sunday’s race.

“Normally you are a little bit second hand by the end of the Saturday race, so hopefully that won’t be as bad this year,” Kelly said.

“All of the guys have trained quite hard this year in the off season, so we think either way we should be looking pretty good.

“You will certainly be able to push a lot harder, and the racing will be a lot tougher on Saturday.”

Kelly said the Jack Daniel’s Racing Team had heavily developed the team’s vehicles over the off-season after Nissan returned to the V8 Supercar­ racing scene last year.

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All set: Todd Kelly at a recent official test day at Sydney Motorsport Park ahead of the Clipsal 500 this weekend.

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