KELLY RACING STRENGTHENS ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT AHEAD OF 2011 V8 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
Kelly Racing has strengthened its engineering department ahead of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship with two additional staff and confirmation of its Race Engineer line-up for the coming season.
Entering its third season, Kelly Racing will be the only four-car operation in the V8 Supercars pit lane in 2011 as the Melbourne-based team looks to continue its climb up the championship ladder.
The team, headed by former Bathurst winners Todd and Rick Kelly, also continues to believe strongly in the philosophy of designing, constructing and maintaining virtually all components for both its chassis and engines 'in-house', one of only a handful of V8 Supercars teams to operate as a self-sufficient outfit.
Kelly Racing is excited to add an experienced engineer to the department with the recruitment of Ryan Webb to the role of Engine Research & Development Engineer, a new role for the team.
Webb brings with him a decade of experience in a similar role at the Walkinshaw Racing operation. He will work closely with Engine Department Manager Shaun Hockey, who has two decades worth of experience from Perkins Engineering and subsequently Kelly Racing.
Todd Kelly said that the addition of Webb and the overall structure of the Engineering Department will make Kelly Racing a stronger outfit in 2011.
"This year the whole team is really starting to come together and both garages have an extremely high calibre of people," said Todd Kelly.
"Where we sit now is really how we envisaged the team being when we started.
"To get a group of people together and build race cars and work well together across all 14 departments is one thing, but to be competitive as a race team on the track is another.
"You need the key people in the right places to put all those pieces together so we have now been able to invest more in those key personnel.
"We have Ryan Webb, a highly respected engine designer and engineer, joining us this year from over at Clayton. Getting Ryan onboard is a big coup for our team and we're really happy with our engineering line-up for 2011.
"The whole place is starting to come together. The vision we have had of Kelly Racing being one of the biggest and best teams in the country is gradually starting to become a reality."
David Swenson continues on in his role as Head of Race Engineering as well as Race Engineer for Rick Kelly's #15 Jack Daniel's Commodore.
Swenson will be joined in the Jack Daniel's Racing garage by Brendan Hogan, who moves into the position of Race Engineer for Todd Kelly's #7 Jack Daniel's Commodore. Hogan served as Race Engineer for the team's #11 Commodore last season. Peter Craik will continue as Data Engineer for Jack Daniel's Racing, with Tony Freeman also maintaining the role of Engine Technician.
James Small will take on the role of Race Engineer for new Kelly Racing recruit David Reynolds, who will drive the #16 Stratco Commodore this season. Small and Reynolds will reunite in 2011, having raced as team-mates in the 2004 Australian Formula Ford Championship when Reynolds was crowned champion and Small finished in fifth place.
Reynolds said that he was pleased to reunite with Small, who is also Head of Design Engineering for Kelly Racing and was Race Engineer for Todd Kelly's #7 Jack Daniel's Commodore in 2010.
"When I came to Kelly Racing I spoke with Todd and Rick about working with James and I'm extremely happy that we have all be able to make it happen," said Reynolds.
"We used to race against each other in karting and then as team-mates in Formula Ford, but now that we are on the same team I think we will work very well together.
"James has gone on to become a very highly-regarded race engineer and as I learn the ropes this year he will be a great asset for me and the Stratco team."
Stuart McDonald will serve as Race Engineer for Kelly Racing's #11 Holden Commodore, with details of that entry to be confirmed later this month ahead of the season launch test day at Eastern Creek in Sydney, New South Wales on Saturday 29 January.
Small and McDonald will be joined by new Kelly Racing recruit in Adam Hardy, who takes up the role of Data Engineer for the Kelly Racing garage.
Hardy, who joins Kelly Racing from the British Touring Car Championship, will be joined by Chris Fitzgerald who continues in the role of Kelly Racing Engine Technician.
"Adam is quite experienced from his time in the UK," said Todd Kelly.
"He is actually an engineer in his own right but he has moved into our team as a data engineer, which will take a huge load of our current engineering group to allow them to be more specific in their roles."
-source: kelly racing