Lester, Kelly confirmed for Australian GT tilt

Jono Lester and Paul Kelly will drive for the Trass Family Motorsport team in the 2015 Australian GT Championship

Jono Lester and Paul Kelly will drive for the Trass Family Motorsport team in the 2015 Australian GT Championship

Experienced GT3 driver Jono Lester and Paul Kelly will spearhead an all-new New Zealand attack in the 2015 Australian GT Championship.

The Trass Family Motorsport team will debut its new Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 in the GT Championship after only its second outing for the Kiwi operation in the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour from February 6-8.

Lester, 25, is a third generation racer who brings speed and experience from two seasons of GT3 racing in the Super Taikyu Series in Asia, while Kelly is the current NZ Endurance champion.

“PK [Kelly] and I go way back to my first Porsche season in 2006 and he’s always had a reputation for his consistency, reliability and speed,” Lester said.

“In my opinion he’s the top ‘gentleman’ racer in NZ and he’s only gotten better with coaching from Bairdo (Craig Baird) in recent seasons.”

Kelly is no stranger to Australian racing and circuits after having undertaken several seasons in the one-make Porsche Carrera Cup series.

“After racing in Australia in the Porsche Carrera Cup for three seasons I am really excited to take on the Australian GT series with TFM,” Kelly said.

“I recently drove my first GT3 car at the Highlands 101 and it was staggeringly quick.”

The team will go into the six-round Australian GT Championship helped by a partnership with the experienced Maranello Motorsport operation.

The opening round of the Championship is scheduled for the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from February 26-March 1.

2015 Australian GT Championship

1

Clipsal 500

Feb 26–Mar 1

Adelaide

2

Phillip Island 101

Mar 22-Mar 24

Phillip Island

3

Townsville 400

Jul 10-12

Reid Park

4

Sydney Motorsport Park

Aug 21-23

Sydney Motorsport Park

5

Sandown 500

Sept 11-13

Sandown

6

Highlands 101

Nov 13-15

Cromwell, NZ

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