Second Supercars squad commits to TCR Australia
Kelly Racing has become the second Supercars squad to commit to a TCR Australia programme for 2019.
The former factory Nissan squad will effectively run eight cars in two championships for the remainder of this year, its fleet of four Supercars-spec Altimas to be joined by a pair of Subarus and a pair of Opels for the inaugural TCR Australia season.
The Subaru WRXs have been sourced from Top Run Motorsport in Italy, while the Opel Astras have come from German team Lubner Motorsport.
It also brings the total number of brands expected to have a presence up to eight, with Audis, Volkswagens, Hondas and Hyundais all set to be involved.
“It is very exciting to add to the TCR Series cars to our racing programme for 2019 and beyond,” said KR racing owner Todd Kelly. “We’ve been keeping an eye on the developments of the category, both here in Australia and around the world, and with the resources and skill-base we have at Kelly Racing, it was a logical fit for us.
“The Opel Astra is a proven race-winning car in other championships. With the right driver line-up, there’s no reason why they will not be competitive straight away.
“It’s going to be great to have the Subarus as well. I feel they are going to suit the Australian conditions and circuits as its one of only two sedan shapes in the field, up against the hot hatches.
“The WRX is a very iconic racing vehicle too. It’s going to be very popular amongst the fans of Australian touring car racing.
“Now that we have secured the cars, we will make our announcements around drivers and partners in the near future.”
GRM's Jimmy Vernon is currently the only confirmed driver for the 2019 season, however the likes of former Supercars regulars Jason Bright and Tony D'Alberto have been strongly linked to seats in the category.
Organisers are expecting a field of 15 to 18 cars for the season opener at Sydney Motorsport Park next month.
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