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May 13, 2013


Adelaide-based squad to run pair of Jack Daniel’s Commodores in 2014

ADELAIDE-based Kumho V8 Touring Car Series team THR Developments will expand their operations to include the Dunlop Series in 2014.

The team has confirmed the purchase of two ex-Jack Daniel’s Racing Commodore VE II V8 Supercars from Kelly Racing in Melbourne.

The cars were the last two built under the previous V8 Supercar regulations prior to the introduction of ‘Car of the Future’ specification machinery this year and were collected from the Kelly team’s Braeside workshops this week.

One of the cars debuted in 2010 and was driven by Todd Kelly for three seasons as the #7 entry, while the other was Rick Kelly’s #15 car in 2011 and 2012, winning V8 Supercars Championship races at Hidden Valley and Sandown in 2011.

“We’re really keen to use this as a platform to develop young drivers,” says THR Director Nick Taddeo, whose organisation will be contracted by SA Racing and Logistics to run the cars.

“We’d like to use the current VZ Commodores we run in the Kumho Series to get young drivers started and step them up into the VEs in the future for the Dunlop Series.

“We’ve already got a couple of drivers interested for next year who are looking to step up.

The team will have support from the Kelly team with Todd Kelly – schedule permitting – to help them shakedown the cars at Mallala in early June.

“The support from the Kelly boys has been fantastic,” says Taddeo.

“We’re loaded up with a range of spare parts for the two cars and we’ll go back to them and collect everything else they have in their workshop that fits these two specific chassis.

“We have a relationship now with the Kelly guys and should we need repairs or what not, they’ll look after us in that regard. Whatever we need, we’ll let them know and Todd will organise it for us.”

While the focus is on entering the Dunlop Series in 2014, the team could still appear in 2013.

“It’s possible we may run in the Dunlop Series this year, but that’s up in the air at the moment. The main thing for us to do is to get prepared and ready for next season,” says Taddeo.

THR Developments runs three cars in the Kumho Series for ex-V8 Supercars, which next races at Winton on June 22-23. It prepares an ex-Stone Brothers Falcon for Chris Smerdon, an ex-Team Dynamik/Jason Richards Commodore for Josh Kean and an ex-Greg Murphy/Supercheap Commodore for Ian Yeing.

Rick Kelly in action in the #15 car on the Gold Coast last year