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 female driver on the grid.
“There’s a lot of ex-Supercars drivers in there, plus Porsche drivers, rally car drivers and a few females. It’s a real mixed bag, I’m really looking forward to it,” admits Angelo.
The young female racer recently took part in the team’s Winton TCR test, sampling one of Kelly Racing’s Subaru’s before finalising her deal.
“When I tested at Winton last week, one of the things I found tricky was trying to get the temperature of the rear tyres up. I’ve been speaking to a lot of people to learn as much as I can before we get to Sydney,” said Angelo.
“I’m confident of getting my head around it all, but I love a challenge. I’m excited. I have absolutely no expectations, so it’s nice to go there with an open mind set.
“TCR is a great category. It’s known world-wide and it can open up doors to overseas racing, so to be able to bring that here is a great thing. It’ll be an even level playing field, which is exciting, and I can’t wait to get my bum back in the seat.
“I’d like to thank Kelly Racing for giving me this opportunity. To be able to race for a well-known factory team is really exciting and I can’t wait to see what we can do.”
The first round of the TCR Australia Series kicks off at Sydney Motorsport Park 17 – 19 May, which will be held alongside the Shannons Nationals Championship.
Stay up to date with all of Chelsea’s racing via her Facebook page @ChelseaAngeloRacing and Instagram, @chelz34.