Tuesday, Oct 15 04:04pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Kelly Racing confirm Ford Mustang switch for 2020

Kelly Racing has confirmed they’ll field the Ford Mustang in next year’s Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

The announcement comes on the same day the team announced they had sold two Racing Entitlements Contracts and will downscale to a two-car team.

It has long been rumoured the team would drop the Nissan Altima after they lost their factory backing.

The team has also confirmed plans to contest the Dunlop Super2 Series next year. Currently, MW Motorsport runs the Nissan Altima platform in the series. With a pair of Ford Mustangs on the way, the Nissan Altimas may end up in the feeder series.

“We are excited for the future now we have confirmed the team will run Ford Mustangs in 2020,” Todd Kelly, Team Principal for Kelly Racing said.

“After 11 seasons in Supercars we step into a Ford Mustang that is a proven race winner and will provide us with our best opportunity for success in the future.”

“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.

“We are grateful to Kay Hart and her team at Ford for their interest and support to work with Kelly Racing and we look forward to continuing their success both on and off the race track from next year.”

It’s the first time Kelly Racing has run anything other than the Nissan Altima or Holden Commodore in the Supercars Championship. Next year will also mark the return the Ford versus Holden rivalry, not seen since 2012.

It also means there are now three teams running the Ford Mustang; Kelly Racing, DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing.

“We’re so glad to have Kelly Racing bringing two additional Mustang Supercars to the grid, which brings fans more great news on the back of a hugely positive 2019 season,” Kay Hart, President and CEO, Ford Australia and New Zealand said.

“Having more Mustangs racing next season is a reflection of the team’s hard work and the success of the program so far.”

Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports: “Working with Kelly Racing builds on the already fruitful partnership we have with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing.

“Kelly Racing has an impressive pedigree in terms of both engineering and their driver talent, and we see its switch to Mustang as an opportunity to combine their highly skilled outfit with Ford Performance DNA.”