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Quarta, 15 Maio 2019 04:11 | Actualizado em Quarta, 22 Maio 2019 16:21

Chelsea Angelo locks in Kelly Racing Opel TCR drive


Chelsea Angelo has secured a deal with Kelly Racing to contest the inaugural TCR Australia Series in an Opel Astra.

Angelo, 22, will drive the #37 Astra amongst a four-car strong Kelly Racing TCR outfit. Alex Rullo will drive the other KR-prepared Astra entry, while Molly Taylor will drive one of the Subaru WRXs.

The driver of the second Subaru entry will be announced this week ahead of the opening day of practice on Friday.

The announcement makes Angelo the third female driver to confirm her place on the TCR Australia grid alongside Taylor (Subaru) and Alexandra Whitley (Volkswagen).

It also secures the 14th driver on the grid for the historic Sydney Motorsport Park TCR opener. 

Angelo is one of Australian motorsport’s most experienced female racers, having cut her teeth through the ranks in Formula Ford, Super2 Supercars and Porsche racing.

Angelo was at the recent Winton TCR test, sampling one of KR’s Subarus before finalising her deal.

The first round of the TCR Australia Series starts at Sydney Motorsport Park next weekend, held alongside the Shannons Nationals Championships. CLICK HERE to secure tickets to the race meeting.

Every round will be broadcast live, free and HD broadcast coverage on SBS. Saturday’s race (May 18) will be shown from 2-3pm, while Sunday’s two races (May 19) will have a two hour broadcast from 1-3pm.

The event will also be live streamed across the day and will be available on the TCR Australia website.

Chelsea Angelo will join Alex Rullo in the two Opel Astras for the 2019 TCR Australia Series. Click on image for high-resolution options.


Chelsea Angelo
Driver, Kelly Racing Opel Astra

“It’s incredible to confirm that I will race in TCR this year,” said Chelsea Angelo. 

“I wasn’t sure what my racing options were at the start of the season, but when I saw that TCR was coming here, I always felt that it was a great category for myself. 

“There’s a lot of ex-Supercars drivers in there, plus Porsche drivers, rally car drivers, a few females. It’s a real mixed bag.

“I’ve never raced a front wheel drive car before and I’ll be trying to get my head around it as fast as I can. It will be interesting. When I tested at Winton last week, one of the things I found tricky was trying to get the temperature of the rear tyres up. I’ve been speaking to a lot of people to learn as much as I can before we get to Sydney.

“I’m confident of getting my head around it all, but I love a challenge. I’m excited. I have absolutely no expectations, so it’s nice to go there with an open mind set. 

“TCR is a great category. It’s known world wide and it can open up doors to overseas racing, so to be able to bring that here is a great thing. And it will be an even playing field. I’m excited and can’t wait to get my bum back in seat.” 

Todd Kelly
Owner, Kelly Racing

“We have been speaking with Chelsea for some time and it’s great to have her locked in with our team,” said Todd Kelly.

“Chelsea is still very young, but she has been racing at the top level of Australia’s national categories for some time. We have been keeping an eye on her so it’s great to see here progress her career into TCR with us.

“The Opel performed extremely well at the test and we really feel that it is going to be a strong contender in the series with Alex and Chelsea as the drivers.”

CONFIRMED TEAMS & DRIVERS FOR ROUND 1, SMSP
 

CAR NUMBER 

TEAM

NOMINATED DRIVER  

STATE  

VEHICLE      

CAR MODEL

6

Kelly Racing

Molly Taylor

NSW

Subaru

WRX STI

7

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Jimmy Vernon

NSW

Alfa Romeo

Giulietta Veloce

8

Alliance Autosport

Jason Bright

VIC

Volkswagen

Golf GTI

9

Ashley Seward Motorsport 

Dylan O'Keeffe

VIC

Alfa Romeo

Giulietta Veloce

11

HMO Customer Racing

Nathan Morcom

NSW

Hyundai

I30N

22

Melbourne Performance

Rik Breukers

NED

Audi

RS 3

24

Wall Racing

John Martin

NSW

Honda

Civic Type R

30

HMO Customer Racing

Will Brown

QLD

Hyundai

I30N

33

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Chris Pither

NZ

Renault

Magane RS

34

Garry Rogers Motorsport

James Moffat

VIC

Renault

Magane RS

35

Alliance Autosport

Alexandra Whitley

QLD

Volkswagen

Golf GTI

37

Kelly Racing

Chelsea Angelo

VIC

Opel

Astra

50

Wall Racing

Tony D'Alberto

VIC

Honda

Civic Type R

62

Kelly Racing

Alex Rullo

WA

Opel

Astra

TBA

Kelly Racing

TBA

TBA

Subaru

WRX STI


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