Team boss backs Angelo for Supercars seat

Experienced Dunlop Series team boss Matthew White says young female star Chelsea Angelo genuinely has the potential to become a fully fledged Supercars driver in the future, following her impressive debut with the team at Sandown.

Team boss backs Angelo for Supercars seat
Chelsea Angelo, Matthew White Motorsport
Chelsea Angelo, Matthew White Motorsport

Angelo began the season running a Dragon Motor Racing-owned Commodore in the second-tier Dunlop Series, but found herself on the sidelines ahead of the Townsville round back in July thanks to financial constraints.

But the 20-year-old returned to the series at Sandown last weekend, Supercars driver and Angelo’s mentor Chris Pither helping facilitate a deal that saw her behind the wheel of a Matthew White Motorsport-run Falcon.

It was a noteworthy comeback as well. Angelo finished 10th in the weekend’s second race – the first Top 10 finish for a female in a Supercars race in seven years – before setting the third fastest lap in the wet during Race 3.

It was enough to leave team owner White, a man who has worked with plenty of young talent including the likes of Chaz Mostert and Tim Slade in the past, suitably impressed.

“We’ve had a lot of very good drivers come through our team and progress to the main series over the years,” said White.

“From the first time Chelsea sat in the car at Winton she’s displayed a lot of the key traits that we’ve seen in the likes of Chaz and Tim before. I’ve been impressed by her raw speed and how smooth she is with her inputs, which is very important in these cars.

“At Sandown we saw that her throttle application and braking were right there, it was just her confidence to really attack the kerbing that we need to build up.

“But she seems to be a fast learner and is already very focussed on where she can improve ahead of Bathurst.

“It’s really exciting for us and the sport to see the ability that Chelsea has.

“It’s early days, but it’s very clear to me that Chelsea has the potential to succeed in the Dunlop Series and eventually graduate into the Supercars Championship.”

Angelo will continue with the team for the next round at Bathurst, which will be her first trip to the daunting Mount Panorama circuit in a Supercar.

“I learnt a lot at Sandown and have taken a lot of confidence from the speed that we showed,” she said

“I’m quite hard on myself and it was unfortunate that we could not put more results on the board, but there were definitely a lot of positives for me to take from the weekend. There’s a great environment in the team and so much that I can learn from their experience of working with young drivers.

“I’m really excited to be going to Bathurst next month and seeing what we can do there.

“It will be a lot different than in a Formula 3 car so the key will be to build up my confidence as the weekend unfolds.”

Angelo is shooting to become the second full-time female driver competing in the top tier of Supercars racing, following the recent announcement that Simona de Silvestro has inked a three-year deal with the series.

Renee Gracie is also eyeing a Supercars future, the Dunlop Series regular set to partner up with de Silvestro in a Wildcard entry at Bathurst for the second year in a row.

shares
comments
$80 million worth of contracts for Asian Supercars races
Previous article

$80 million worth of contracts for Asian Supercars races

Next article

Walkinshaw confirms Pye, Courtney for 2017

Walkinshaw confirms Pye, Courtney for 2017
Load comments
Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match Prime

Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match

James Courtney has been around the block in his motorsport career it's fair to say. After a single-seater career cut short, he's won everything there is to win in Supercars. Following a rocky ride recently in the Australian category, he's found a happy hunting ground with Tickford Racing.

Supercars
Oct 21, 2021
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020