22 February 2021 | General

Owen Kelly confirms return to Trans Am for Phillip Island

Owen Kelly has confirmed that he will jump back into the Trans Am saddle for the second round of the National Trans Am Series at Phillip Island on March 12-14.

Kelly took part in the two Tasmania events last month, driving his Fujitsu-backed Ford Mustang to third place in the series standings after the opening event at Symmons Plains Raceway. 

In the non-championship Tasmanian Ten Thousand race at Baskerville, Kelly finished second behind Aaron Seton. 

The former NASCAR and Supercars driver says that he will be back for Round 2 at Phillip Island, and his crew chief Marcos Ambrose will be in tow.

“We always said after Tassie, we’d assess the ‘Fun Metre’ and we all came away with a smile on our faces, and Marcos is keen to come back for Phillip Island, so we’re locked in,” said Kelly.

“We’ve been fortunate enough that we’ve strung together a deal with our partners to do it, so it should be good fun.

“I reckon the Trans Ams will be really good at Phillip Island. It will be completely different to what we saw at Symmons Plains and Baskerville, which is great that we get a real mix of circuits. 

“I think the circuit will suit them really well. Lots of opportunities for passing, plenty of power, so I can see it being a great race meeting.”

It is expected that up to 25 Trans Ams will compete at Phillip Island on the new rescheduled date, supporting the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series, the VHT S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship and the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS, among other classes.