V8 Supercars – Kelly Racing Unveils Five Car Team at Bathurst‏

October 5, 2011

V8 Supercars

Kelly Racing will field five cars at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama this weekend. The addition of the Shannons Mars Racing ‘wildcard’ entry driven by Grant Denyer and Cameron Waters expands the team’s presence to five Holden Commodores in the 29-car field, with the next biggest team entering three cars

Greg Murphy debuts his fourth Pepsi Max Crew livery for 2011 at Bathurst this weekend, with this livery picked as the winner of the ‘Skin It To Win’ competition. The livery was designed by 14-year-old Robert Hooper from Perth, WA, and was chosen by Greg Murphy himself from thousands of entries. Hooper will be a guest of the Pepsi Max Crew this weekend to admire his design as it races around Mount Panorama

Murphy and co-driver Allan Simonsen are the fifth most experienced pairing in this year’s Great Race, with 25 combined starts. Murphy also holds the qualifying lap record at Mount Panorama (2:06.8594 in 2003 Top 10 Shootout) and is a four-time winner of the Bathurst 1000 (1996 with Craig Lowndes, 1999 with Steven Richards, 2003 and 2004 with Rick Kelly)

In contrast to the experience of Murphy and Simonsen, Stratco Racing driver Tim Blanchard is one of three drivers making his Bathurst 1000 debut this weekend at Mount Panorama. Blanchard and David Reynolds did an outstanding job in the first endurance event of the season at Phillip Island to finish sixth. Blanchard’s father John raced in three Bathurst 1000 events from 1992 to 1994

Cameron Waters will become the youngest driver to ever compete at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. On race day he will be 17 years, 2 months and 6 days old (born 3 August 1994). Previous record holder was Paul Dumbrell, who set the record in 1999, aged 17 years, 2 months and 13 days (born 1 September 1982). Dumbrell will continue to hold the record for the youngest driver to compete in the V8 Supercars Championship (Symmons Plains, Tasmania in 1999)

Waters is still on his Learner’s Road Licence and will not sit for his Provisional Licence until the Wednesday after Bathurst. Waters is in Year 11 at St Joseph’s College in his hometown of Mildura, Victoria (also the hometown and birthplace of Todd and Rick Kelly). Waters currently leads the 2011 Australian Formula Ford Championship. He was the 2010 Rookie of the Year in the same championship

Denyer and Waters will drive Kelly Racing chassis PE047, the same chassis driven to a race victory and pole position by Rick Kelly at the ITM 400 in Hamilton, New Zealand in April

This will be Denyer’s third Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 start, having finished ninth on debut with Alex Davison at Dick Johnson Racing in 2006, followed by 15th place with Michael Caruso at WPS Racing in 2007. This weekend is his return to the V8 Supercars Championship after seriously injuring his back in 2008

Jack Daniel’s Racing drivers Todd and Rick Kelly are attempting to achieve a rare Bathurst feat and win The Great Race as both drivers and team owners. The last team owner/driver to win the Bathurst 1000 was Mark Skaife, who partnered Todd Kelly to victory in 2005 during Skaife’s time as owner of the Holden Racing Team. Before Skaife’s win, Larry Perkins won Bathurst as an owner/driver in 1995 and 1997 (with Russell Ingall) and 1993 (with Gregg Hansford)

Few families can boast multiple Bathurst winners. Brothers Todd and Rick Kelly have three Bathurst 1000 crowns between them. Rick Kelly partnered Greg Murphy to victory in 2003 and 2004, with Todd Kelly and Mark Skaife taking the win in 2005. Todd and Rick then joined forces in the same car in 2006, finishing in second place behind Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup. Jim Richards is a seven-time Bathurst winner and son Steven Richards has won twice at The Great Race. Geoff and David Brabham, sons of three-time F1 World Champion Sir Jack, won the Super Touring Bathurst 1000 together in 1997

Rick Kelly continues to hold the record as the youngest ever Bathurst winner from his 2003 victory with Greg Murphy. Rick also holds the record as the youngest driver to win a round of the Australian Touring Car Championship/V8 Supercar Championship Series as a result of the same win, aged 20 years, 8 months, 25 days. Todd holds the record as the youngest ever race winner in the V8 Supercars Championship, taking victory in Race 2 at the Canberra street race event in 2001 at age 20 years, 8 months, 2 days. At Symmons Plains, Tasmania in May 2009, Rick claimed brother Todd’s record as the youngest driver to compete in 100 Australian Touring Car Championship/V8 Supercar Championship Series events

Todd Kelly will celebrate his 32nd birthday on Sunday October 9 at Bathurst. Todd actually won this race on his birthday back in 2005 when he partnered Mark Skaife to victory

Shaun Hockey will serve as Race Engineer for the #16 Stratco Commodore of David Reynolds and Tim Blanchard this weekend. Hockey has two decades of experience in the V8 Supercars Championship and Australian Touring Car Championship with Perkins Engineering and has been with Kelly Racing since its inception in 2009. Hockey was Race Strategist in the Jack Daniel’s Racing garage at the recent L&H 500 at Phillip Island. Hockey has enjoyed success at Mount Panorama in the past as part of Larry Perkins’ winning team in 1993 (Larry Perkins/Gregg Hansford), 1995 and 1997 (Larry Perkins/Russell Ingall).

“Shaun has one of the sharpest minds in our sport when it comes to race strategy and running a car at Mount Panorama,” said Todd Kelly, Racing Director of Kelly Racing. “That experience will be a valuable asset for two young drivers like David Reynolds and Tim Blanchard in our Stratco Commodore at Bathurst.”

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