Entries by Chelsea Angelo

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 …

Chelsea Angelo – Winton Wrap Up

Well it was a bit of a mixed weekend at Winton! Practice started off promising, where we ended up P3 and P5 in wet and tricky conditions. We then qualified 7th ahead of Race 1, where it started to take a bit of a turn when the car in front of me didn’t take off. Unfortunately, it left no room and I clipped the right front, which damaged the steering, forcing us to retire. It was a bit of an unlucky way to end the endurance races, but that’s racing!

The crew at Wall Racing did an awesome job and managed to get Ruby 2.0 back out ready for Sunday! Race 2, I started right at the back of the pack, however I passed a heap of cars and managed to finish up in 6th.

I finished up P5 for Sunday’s final race, but had a few good battles along the way and was so close to 4th!

Thankfully I’m still 5th in the Championship standings, -92 points behind 4th position and with only one round to go, I’ll be chasing hard!

A massive thank you to the crew at Wall Racing for doing an amazing job, preparing my car …

Chelsea Angelo – Winton Preview

I’m super pumped to get back into my Porsche GT3 Cup at Winton this weekend.

We had a really good result at Queensland Raceway, so we’re hoping to keep that rhythm this weekend. In between rounds I’ve been training everyday, I’ve got a new simulator at home, so I’ve been getting on and doing lots of laps of the track.

I’ve also continued to see my sports psychologist, who has been helping me immensely. I feel like he was beneficial for me personally before QR as he helped me to manage ways in how I can calm myself before and during the race and I feel he has given me more confidence in my racing too.

I’ve also seen a chiropractor, which has been working on my back. There’s nothing worse than having pain when you’re getting in and out of the car, so it’s important that as racecar drivers, we stay in touch with our body and ensure we keep as fit and healthy as we can.

I still obviously have my day-to-day job – so that’s also been keeping me busy too! I feel like the busier I am, the better my headspace is going into a race …

Push Talent Management set for Triple Trouble this weekend

Victorian-based driver management company, Push Talent Management will see three of their six drivers’ compete in this weekend’s Cryo Cycle Excel Enduro Cup at Phillip Island, battling it out against a 52-car field.

In an endurance set up round, the format will see two qualifying sessions, followed by two sprint races of 5-laps each, which will determine the starting position for Sunday’s 40-lap race.

Number #29 entry will see 15-year old Jaylyn Robotham, who is currently competing in the Toyota 86 Series, partner up with Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge driver, Chelsea Angelo.

No stranger to these cars and a runner up in the recent 2018 Excel Series, young Robotham is looking forward to getting out on the track – hopeful of having experience on his side… certainly not in age though.

“I’m really looking forward to racing with Chelsea and with all of the other competitors this weekend,” said the 15-year old.

“It’s refreshing to know that I have experience in racing the Excel, so I’m looking forward to having a fun weekend and seeing what we can do!”

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge driver, Chelsea Angelo will share the wheel with Robotham and although the pair have a combined age …

Chelsea Angelo – Ipswich Wrap Up

I am over the moon with my weekend at Ipswich!! To have finished the weekend in third over all was just incredible!

Saturday’s qualifying saw me finish in sixth position ahead of the big 40-lap race. I haven’t done an endurance race since two years ago, when I was racing in the development series (DVS), so it was good to do another endurance type race.

Our strategy going into the longer race was to make sure that in particular, the car was quick towards the middle and the end of the race. While it’s important to have a quick car at the start – we knew we wanted to be in it with a strong car battling it out until the end. The car really started to come good 6-laps into the race and I found a good rhythm, where we fluctuated between fifth and sixth place. Towards the middle of the race, some of the other drivers started making mistakes, which gave me a chance to get up there and start picking up some positions and I managed to bring it home in fourth. It was good clean, racing which made it so enjoyable! The crew at Wall Racing …

Chelsea Angelo – QR Preview

I’m REALLY eager to get back into the Porsche for this weekend at Ipswich! It’s been an 8-week break since Phillip Island, so I’m definitely keen to get back out there!

I’ve really stepped things up in terms of my preparation. I have never felt this confident within myself heading into a race weekend. During the 8-week break not only have I stepped up my physical training with my performance coach – Josh Webb, but I’ve also gone and seen a sports psychologist who has helped me with a variety of things from my mental attitude to the way in which I think about going into a race weekend.

The psychologist has been really helpful in getting my mind back on track, assisting in training my mind in not letting me over think things or worry about what’s going to come next or what’s going to happen. I’ve been practicing on some tools that I’ll be using this weekend to help prepare myself mentally. So I feel really, really confident in that department.

I’ve also stepped up my physical training with Webb Performance and I’ve been doing a lot of simulator training too (in a Porsche of course!), so everything …