Jelley re-signs late deal with ParkerPosted: March 29, 2011
Stephen Jelley will remain in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB for the 2011 season after signing a late last-minute deal with the same team he drove for last year, Parker Racing.
The former BTCC race winner moved to the Carrera Cup last year with team Parker, where he picked up two wins – both at the Brands Hatch finale – on his way to finishing third in the championship behind Tim Harvey and Michael Caine.
Jelley had planned to move up into the Le Mans Intercontinental cup with Stuart Parker’s team, but the squad’s plans appear to have fallen through leaving Jelley quick to resign a deal to race on in the Carrera Cup GB with the team.
Although not ruling out the possibility of driving in the Le Mans Series later in the year, Jelley insisted that he was happy to continue in the series and will be fighting for the championship in his second season which gets underway this weekend.
Jelley told btcccrazy.co.uk: “the best thing for my career is to be racing and the Carrera Cup is a great championship. I feel part of Team Parker Racing and it is good to be racing with them. I fully expect to be fighting at the head of the championship.”
Jelley also as a result of such a late deal will enter the season without the benefit of the extra miles of pre-season testing under his belt, although he will run a brief series of tests this week with the team in preparation for the season opener at Brands Hatch.
Jelley’s rivals from last season will be again pre-season favourites for the title, the most talked about change for the year being that these rivals are now team mates as reigning champion Tim Harvey will now race for Motorbase alongside his arch rival Michael Caine.