Ellery joins TA2 field at Queensland Raceway

Dalton Ellery

Dalton Ellery, son of Bathurst 1000 podium finisher Steve, will race in the ProMaxx Performance Exhausts TA2 Muscle Car Northern Series powered by Atlantic Oils this weekend at Queensland Raceway.

The 25-year-old’s debut makes for three famous Supercars names in the 13-strong field, alongside series leader Jett Johnson, son of Steve, and Nash Morris, son of Paul.

Ellery will be behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang previously raced by yet another descendant of a Supercars driver, namely Aaron Seton on his way to the 2019 TA2 Muscle Car Series title.

The #8 Mustang has been leased from Harris Racing and will be prepared by the Beric Lynton squad which fielded the BMW that Steve, Dalton, and Tristan Ellery raced in this year’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour.

The Lyntons and Ellerys linked in Queensland production car competition last year, with Dalton eyeing a National Trans Am start at the Repco Bathurst 1000 in lieu of there being no MRF Tyres Australian Production Car Series round at Mount Panorama later this year.

“We’re racing in the Production Car series at the moment in Queensland and we’ve been trying to do more national stuff but all of that’s fallen through this year due to the pandemic,” he explained.

“When they changed all the ARG rounds to go along with Bathurst, they dropped the production car round this year, so we’ve been looking at options to get there potentially for the 1000.

“One of the categories involved down there will be TA2, it’s always been a category I’ve wanted to be involved in, it’s a great class with good competition history so we started to look around at what was available.

“We found Craig Harris and we took his opportunity straight away to use his second car and it all came about pretty quickly in the last week.

“We’ll head to Queensland Raceway this weekend just to see how it all goes and then assess what happens after that.”

Steve Ellery drove at Paul Morris Motorsport in the 2006 and 2007 Supercars Championships, while Dalton steered a race car for the first time at Morris’ Norwell Motorplex in 2019.

While not part of the Norwell team which is comprised of Nash Morris, Karl Begg, and Chris Pappas, he will be using them as a yardstick.

The TA2 field at Queensland Raceway

“I grew up with Nash at the race track back when my Dad raced with Paul Morris in Supercars,” explained Dalton.

“My grandparents are really close with the Morris’ so I’ve known Nash forever and some of my earliest memories at the track were with him. Obviously, Jett was born a bit later than us but I know Jett really well and race against him on the simulator.

“It’s going to interesting to see how we all go when we’re racing against each other for the first time! I’m really looking forward to it, they’re both really credible racers so I think it’ll be a great weekend of racing.

“The Morris’ really sold us on the class, I saw them race in Sydney earlier this year when they did the night race and I saw them there and thought, ‘these things are awesome and I need to get into one of these one day’.

“Nash has done a lot of laps in the TA2 and Jett’s still getting going but shown he is very fast as well, so if I can get close to them I’d be happy, Chris Pappas has done a fair bit as well so if I can get in and around those guys I’ll be happy for our first weekend.

“We’ve being thrown in the deep end a bit, we’ve done zero laps in the car, I’ve only sat in one of these once at Sydney at the start of the year.

“I’ve never driven on a slick tyre or a left-hand drive car with a four-speed gearbox on the right-hand side. so there’s a lot of different challenges to tackle but it will be a good learning curve and it definitely will benefit me in the future.

“I’ll be racing the production car in the endurance round on Saturday along with the TA2, so that’ll be a big day between both cars but I can’t wait to get out on track.”

Nash Morris won a race in Begg’s car at Sydney Motorsport Park earlier this year, before Paul Morris took delivery of a car of his own earlier this week.

Team-mate Pappas is currently third in the series, behind Johnson and Russell Wright.

TA2 is part of Round 8 of the Queensland Racing Drivers’ Championship, with its only official practice session, qualifying, and the first of four, 12-lap races taking place this Saturday.

Entry list: Northern Series Round 3, Queensland Raceway

Class Num Driver State Car Team/Sponsor
Pro 6 Matt MacKelden QLD Ford Mustang Kubota Racing
Pro 8 Dalton Ellery QLD Ford Mustang Harris Racing
Masters 9 Warren Wadley QLD Ford Mustang Wadley Developments
Masters 10 Peter Robinson QLD Dodge Challenger PBR Distributions/Wagner Corp
Pro 17 John McLaughlin QLD Ford Mustang myraceprofile.com
Masters 20 Adam Hargraves QLD Chevrolet Camaro Local Search Racing
Pro 40 Karl Begg QLD Ford Mustang motorsportsales.com.au
Masters 55 Russell Wright QLD Ford Mustang Wright Property Developments
Masters 66 Robert Leonard QLD Chevrolet Camaro Access Linemarking Equipment
Masters 69 Anthony Tenkate QLD Ford Mustang Tenkate Plant Hire
Pro 88 Chris Pappas QLD Ford Mustang Wealthrite
Pro 94 Nash Morris QLD Ford Mustang Norwell Motorplex
Pro 117 Jett Johnson QLD Ford Mustang Full Throttle BBQ

Schedule: Northern Series Round 3, Queensland Raceway

Time Session Length
  General Practice  
10:00 Practice 10 min
12:05 Qualifying 10 min
15:15 Race 1 12 laps
09:25 Race 2 12 laps
11:25 Race 3 12 laps
14:15 Race 4 12 laps

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