Formula Ford – Six Formula Ford Drivers To Compete In Kelly Racing Reality TV Show

June 23, 2011

Formula Ford

Kelly Racing has announced a new reality TV program to be known as the Shannons Supercar Showdown’ which will see Todd and Rick Kelly embark on a global search to find the next young driver to join their ranks.

Launching on July 23 on 7mate, the TV program will feature 10 up-and-coming racing drivers, six of whom are Australian Formula Ford Championship drivers, highlighting once again the category’s place as Australia’s premier junior development category.

Series regulars Cameron Waters, Nick Foster, Shae Davies and Nick Cassidy have all secured a spot in the reality show, while part time racers Samantha Reid and Ben Small will also feature.

Throughout the TV program, a series of eliminations will determine the winner of one of the most significant prizes ever offered in motorsport to race at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 this October.

The winner will race alongside the show’s host, TV personality and racing driver Grant Denyer, in a Shannons-Mars Racing entry at Mount Panorama, a fifth entry in the event for Kelly Racing.

“I think it says a lot about the quality of the Australian Formula Ford Championship that so many drivers have been chosen to compete in this new reality TV program,” Margaret Hardy, Category Manager said.

Formula Ford has proven over many years that it’s a great breeding ground for future V8 Supercar drivers and I think the Shannons Supercar Showdown will showcase how talented and professional the drivers are. I’ll certainly be watching with interest to see how the series unfolds.”

V8 Supercar driver and Kelly Racing co-owner Rick Kelly is excited about the opportunity to bring new talent into the sport.

“Since our birth, Kelly Racing has been a team that is very interested in bringing new talent into V8 Supercars,” Rick Kelly said.

“It’s very tough for youngsters to break in and not many teams are able to give young drivers the opportunity that both Todd and I had when we came into the sport.

“Shannons Supercar Showdown is a fantastic platform for us to offer this opportunity to young guys and girls from Australia and around the world.

“It’s massively exciting for us as a team, but it’s a project that is fantastic for Australian motorsport as a whole in terms of exposing the sport to a wider audience.”

The Shannons Supercar Showdown’ and will screen on 7mate on Saturday afternoons from July 23.


CAMERON WATERS (Male – 16 years old)
From Mildura, Victoria also the hometown of Todd and Rick Kelly Cameron Waters has been touted as one of the next big things in Australian motorsport. While only 16 and still in high school, he currently leads the Australian Formula Ford Championship and has already tested a V8 Supercar.

NICK FOSTER (Male 19 years old)
The Queenslander eats and sleeps motorsport, working for a race team when not racing himself in the Australian Formula Ford Championship. Nick Foster is a multiple race winner in Formula Ford and karting and also studies Civil Engineering at university.

SHAE DAVIES (Male 21 years old)
When he is not on the race track Shae Davies can be found working on heavy machinery such as cranes, drill rigs and excavators in his home state of Queensland. Another contestant from the highly competitive Australian Formula Ford Championship with a background in karting.

NICK CASSIDY (Male 16 years old)
Following in the legendary footsteps of New Zealand racing greats such as Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon and Scott Dixon, Nick Cassidy is flying the Kiwi flag. A race winner in Formula Ford, Formula Toyota and even Speedway competition in his homeland, Cassidy has set his sights on following countrymen Greg Murphy and Shane Van Gisbergen into V8 Supercars.

SAMANTHA REID (Female 24 years old)
Samantha Reid started racing karts in her hometown of Adelaide as an eight year old and since then has tried her hand at Formula Ford, Formula 3 and was a part of an all-female production car team that raced in the Bathurst 12 Hour in 2007. Studied Mechatronic Engineering at university and is one of the youngest fully qualified driver trainers in Australia.

BEN SMALL (Male 23 years old)
Ben Small comes out of retirement for one last shot at a V8 Supercars career. After a decorated career in karting and Formula Ford he stepped away from racing several seasons ago to be a snowboard instructor in Colorado, USA. His father Les and older brother James both experienced racing engineers.

Formula Ford is the worlds premier junior development motorsport category and has been a prominent fixture within Australia since 1969. Ford has been a proud partner of Formula Ford in Australia since the beginning and will support the category again in 2011 as it continues to grow. The relative parity between local and international makes produces some of the closest and most exciting racing seen on any circuit around Australia.

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