Stephen Jelley is set to take part in the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB with Team Parker Racing after failing to find a competitive drive in the British Touring Car Championship.
“I ended the BTCC last year on a good note,” said Jelley. “But the winter has been really, really difficult and you can only stay where you can afford to be. The Carrera Cup GB is a very good championship and the car is the thing that makes it. It’s a great race car and very user friendly. I came from F3 and went into BTCC, so I’m not afraid of different cars.”
Jelley hopes that a season in the BTCC support package will help his future opportunities. “At the end of the year there will be a whole new world of championships available to me. It gives me another string to my bow in a great championship. I’ve managed to get some good sponsors together in a tough time and the association with Porsche and the hospitality I can offer my guests at race weekends is paramount.”
Euan Hankey and Glynn Geddie will partner Jelley in 2010, team boss Stuart Parker is delighted at his line up for this year. “I think it’s fantastic that a guy with two years’ touring car experience chooses the Carrera Cup and is happy to come to us as a team,” said Parker. “It says a lot for the strength of the championship this year and 2010 really is going to be the year to win it. Stephen comes with all the right ingredients, including the single-seater background.”
Jelley who finished 7th in the BTCC last year had his first test of the Porsche Carrera at Oulton today, “I didn't know what to expect on the first test, but I was impressed. The power was very good and the car has good low-speed grip. It’s going to take a little time to get used to the car. I’m going to have to work with the team and make sure I’m comfortable in the car and doing everything I need to be competitive.”
With the news of a full grid for the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Parker expects a very competitive run to the title. ” I think there are nine drivers who could go and win the first race,” he said. “By no means is this going to be an easy championship. It’s going to be a fantastic season. We’re going into the year with probably the strongest squad we’ve ever fielded. We’ve got three drivers who will all be in contention and they will push themselves on.”