Tuesday, Oct 15 12:26pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Ford Mustang on the table for two-car Kelly Racing operation

Kelly Racing has confirmed it will downscale to a two-car operation in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship next year.


UPDATE: Kelly Racing has confirmed they will run the Ford Mustang next year

Kelly Racing has campaigned the Nissan Altima since the 2013 season under the Nissan Motorsport moniker until 2018. The team began running as Kelly Racing again this year and with spare parts supplies rumoured to scarce, the team will likely move away from the platform.

The all-conquering Ford Mustang is the pick of choice with team owner Rick Kelly and Kiwi driver Andre Heimgartner at the helm. It will mean the Supercars Championship will go back to a Ford versus Holden battle for the first time since 2012.

Incumbent drivers Simona De Silvestro and Garry Jacobson are set to leave the team. De Silvestro is contracted to Porsche as a development driver for their Formula E team.

A statement from the team read: “Kelly Racing confirms it will consolidate its Supercar operations to two cars for the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercar season, following the sale of two of the Team’s Racing Entitlement Contracts (REC’s). The Team continues to own its other two REC’s.

Team Principal Todd Kelly comments, “We have operated with four Supercars since we opened the doors almost 11 years ago and introduced the first new manufacturer to the sport with Nissan under the Car of the Future regulations.

“However in this competitive environment, it has necessitated a reconsideration of our structure to create the optimal model for the future.

“This has resulted in our consolidation and focus on two Supercars for the 2020 season and our intention includes running two Dunlop Super2 entries from next year.”

Kelly Racing currently don’t have entries in the Dunlop Super2 Series, however, MW Motorsport runs a trio of Nissan Altima racecars. Whether they will run the Nissan Altima in the Super2 Series is not yet known, but would seem appropriate.