Entries by Chelsea Angelo

Holden Astra undergoes development with teammate collaboration and Lubnar Motorsport

Round 4 of the TCR Australia Championship has thrown up challenges for Kelly Racing with news that Andre Heimgartner and Chelsea Angelo will collaborate to further the development of the Holden Astra and Subaru WRX. Heimgartner’s WRX will be benched for the interim as a result of technical issues relating back to the vehicles TCR manufacturer, Top Run Motorsport in Italy.

Similarly, Angelo has faced challenges with her Dare Iced Coffee Astra. In an effort to reach the potential of the Holden, Kelly Racing have engaged a senior engineer from Lubnar Motorsport in Germany who will work alongside Heimgartner and Angelo, with Heimgartner using his experience to take the wheel for the weekend.

For Angelo, the strategy behind the decision makes sense.

“We have seen enormous potential in the Astra however we have faced challenges in the first three rounds which have ultimately undermined our results. With Andre’s car facing time on the sidelines, Todd (Kelly) and I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to invite Lubnar Motorsport’s input”.

The plan offered some challenges including commercial considerations.

“Dare Iced Coffee now feature across two Kelly Racing cars and of course I’ll be there across the weekend to not only …

Chelsea Angelo – The Bend Motorsport Park Wrap Up

Well it was another mixed weekend for round 3 of the TCR Australia round. South Australia sure threw some crazy weather at us, which made it difficult to get a clear lap in.

Friday’s practice sessions were all about playing with different set up options, which is what we did. The rain made it difficult to get a dry lap in; so it was a little challenging adapting to the car in the wet, although everyone was the same up and down pitlane.

Saturday was a tough day; qualifying was half wet and dry, so it was tricky to decide whether to run wet or slicks. We stuck to wets and only managed to salvage 17th. Race 1 we had another car collide into us, which caused steering issues and we were forced to retire, ending the day with a DNF. A big thanks to the crew for fixing the car overnight and getting it ready for the next day!

We got a really great start for race 2 on Sunday and managed to pick up a few spots and finished up P12. With back-to-back races, we didn’t have much time to make many changes to the car and were …

Chelsea Angelo – The Bend Preview

It’s been a few weeks since round 3 at Phillip Island and I can’t wait to tackle The Bend in South Australia this weekend! I have been busy preparing, but honestly haven’t been doing anything different to my usual race preps! I’ve been keeping up with my physical training, still been jumping on the simulator at home and have of course kept up with my mental preparations – seeing my psychologist and my chiropractor and ensuring that I have been consistent and keeping myself in shape.

We obviously had a bit of a mixed weekend in Phillip Island with some technical issues, but I’m confident now that those are all fixed and I’m feeling really confident heading into this round.

It’ll be my second time at this track, I raced there last year in the Porsche GT3 Cup and in fact, we were some of the first cars to race at this circuit. I remember it being really windy and dusty and there was no grip laid down, so it was very slippery – so I’m keen to get out there and see what the track is like in comparison to last year.

I do really love this circuit – …

Chelsea Angelo – TCR Australia Phillip Island Wrap Up

Unfortunately, it really wasn’t our weekend on the Island!

During Friday’s two practice sessions the car didn’t’ feel quite right and I didn’t get many laps in. The crew managed to fix the issues overnight and we were hopeful going into Saturday.

However, come qualifying on Saturday my session was cut short again due to a bracket damaging the front splitter which put a hole in it. I knew come race 1, I was going to have to keep my head down and charge hard, starting from the back of the pack.

The Kelly Racing team managed to sort out the splitter ahead of the race. I got a relatively good start, before a Safety Car brought us all together mid-session. After the light went green, I felt the brakes shudder as I was attempting to break into each corner. I was brought into the pits due to my brakes failing, ultimately ending my race and I ended up finishing with a DNF.

Sunday I was looking to redeem myself after Saturday didn’t go to plan. We had two back to back races. Race 2 we unfortunately had another brake failure, the team got onto the issue pretty quick and …

Chelsea Angelo – TCR Australia Pre Phillip-Island Preview

I am so pumped to be back in my Dare Iced Coffee Holden Astra this weekend for round 2 of the TCR Australia Series at Phillip Island!

I’ve had a lot of track experience at Phillip Island. I’m feeling quietly confident going into the weekend knowing that I have been here lots of times and done a lot of miles around this track.

We came away from Sydney with a positive outcome, so I’m hoping we can continue the successful streak and have some great results this weekend. The crew at Kelly Racing have done an amazing job prepping the car and I can’t wait to get back out there and test the car at a new track.

This weekend I’m really focussed on having a good consistent weekend and moving up as far as I can on the grid, whilst ensuring that I am the best prepped racer that I can be. Having that frame of mind will help my nerves and expectations going into the round. There is still a lot to learn with the FWD car. It’s a new track for these cars, so I am excited to see how they will go. After round one, I …

Chelsea Angelo – TCR Australia Sydney Motorsport Park Wrap Up

It was truly amazing to be a part of history, competing in the inaugural round of the TCR Australia Series at Sydney Motorsport Park.

My week started on a high with the announcement that Dare Iced Coffee would be partnering with us for the 2019 TCR Australia season. Working with such a fantastic brand means a lot to me. I’m extremely proud and grateful to be partnering with Dare Iced Coffee and really look forward to representing the brand.

Overall, I’m absolutely stoked with how the weekend went and I had such an awesome time driving the Holden Astra. There was such a great mix of drivers and I was excited to be a part of it. Friday consisted of two practice sessions, which I used to get to know the car and ended up P14 for both sessions.

Come Saturday, I qualified 15th ahead of race 1; where I managed to pick up a few spots and finished up P12 for the race, which I was absolutely wrapped with. We played a lot with the car balance and I was starting to feel more comfortable in the car.

Sunday was a busy day, with back to back races. Race …

Chelsea Angelo secures TCR Drive

As Chelsea Angelo’s motto states, ‘Never Give Up’; that is exactly what she has preached and after much anticipation as to where her career was headed after no confirmed drive for the 2019 season, Angelo’s hopes have been revived.

It is confirmed that the 22-year old has secured a seat in the TCR Australia Series with Kelly Racing in the #37 Opel Astra. The squad will host a four-car team having recently announced Alex Rullo who will drive the other KR-prepared Astra entry, as well as Molly Taylor who will drive one of their Subaru WRX’s; with the second Subaru entry still to be announced.

“It’s incredible to confirm that I will race in TCR this year,” said Angelo.

“I wasn’t sure what my racing options were at the start of the season, but when I saw that TCR was coming here, I always felt that it was a great category for myself.

“I’ve never raced a front wheel drive car before, and I’ll be trying to get my head around it as fast as I can. It will be interesting.”

A confirmed 14 drivers have now been revealed to the new touring car series, whilst Angelo marks the third …

Chelsea Angelo – Sydney Motorsport Park Wrap Up

And just like that… the 2018 Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia season is over!

I had a fantastic weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park and considering I’d never actually raced there before – I’m pretty happy with my results!

Friday’s two practice sessions I finished in the top 6, so I had a bit of work to do come Saturday’s qualifying session. I managed to qualify P5 ahead of race 1, which I was pretty happy with.

Unfortunately, race 1 didn’t go our way when we were turned around by another competitor, which forced us to the rear of the grid. I managed to fight my way back through the pack and brought it home in 11th.

I was relieved to have redeemed myself and cross the line in P4 for Saturday’s final race! I managed to finish 5th in the Championship, which I’m stoked with; given it’s my first year racing in the Porsche.

This year has been incredible for me, it’s been such a massive learning curve and I’ll certainly take all this on board ahead of next years adventures as well!

A huge thank you to all the crew at Wall Racing for an amazing year. Your …

Chelsea Angelo – Sydney Motorsport Park Preview

Wow! I cannot believe we are almost at the end of the season… I am so ready to take on the final round at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend.

Not much has changed for me. I’ve been keeping up with my usual routine including physical training thanks to Josh from Webb Performance. I have also been visiting the chiropractor, doing lots of simulator work, as well as keeping in touch with my sports psychologist – so I’m feeling really ready and confident heading into this last round! Of course in amongst all of this, I’ve been continuing with my day job at the Café, who have been really supportive with my racing – so I can’t thank them enough for their support and understanding.

Besides testing a Porsche 997 at Eastern Creek as well as doing a ride day there in a Supercar, I’ve never actually raced there – so it’ll certainly be something different not having raced there before. I’m really excited and looking forward to the challenge, so I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and see how it all goes!

I’m currently sitting 5th in the Championship, -92 points behind 4th. The main goal for me …

Chelsea Angelo to tackle ECB SuperUtes Series

Porsche Michelin GT3 Challenge Cup driver, Chelsea Angelo, has today announced she will be joining Ranger Racing Australia, to pilot a second entry for the team.

Angelo will exchange her PAYCE/Wilson Security Porsche to a Ford Ranger for the last three rounds including, Bathurst 1000 (October 4-7), Gold Coast (October 19-21) and Newcastle (November 23-25).

“This is an amazing opportunity which I thank Michael Formosa (Team Owner) for,” said Angelo.

“Right now I’m working closely with Wall Racing to finish our Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge season strongly, however that season finishes on September 23 – so this opportunity gives me a chance to continue racing until the end of the year.”

Established in 2017, Ranger Racing Australia was launched to represent one of Australia’s best selling vehicles – the Ford Ranger.

Designed and engineered by the legendary Ross Stone, the racing version of the Ford Ranger was engineered over a period of months to ensure it could be competitive from the launch of the season.

Backed by passionate Sydney businessman Michael Formosa, and raced by son Chris Formosa, the Ranger Racing Super Ute is already a crowd favourite, showcasing the popularity of the vehicle, as well as providing proud …