Kelly Racing has confirmed that Tony Ricciardello will drive the team's #16 Holden Commodore in the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series, locking in the final seat on the grid for this season.
The entry will be backed by Super-Max Razors for the first two events of the season in the Middle East, with Ricciardello and Kelly Racing owners Todd and Rick Kelly unveiling the #16 Super-Max Razors Holden Commodore in pit lane at the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi today.
Ricciardello, who hails from Perth, Western Australia, secures his first full-time drive in the V8 Supercar main game with this deal after making his V8 Supercar debut back in 1999.
The 30-year-old has an enormous pedigree in Australian motorsport as a record six-time Australian Sports Sedan Champion, as well as a previous winner of the Sepang 12 Hour in 2003 and a second place finisher at the Bathurst 12 Hour in 2009.
Long touted as a potential star, Ricciardello was hired by Kelly Racing last season for the Phillip Island and Bathurst endurance events, driving alongside fellow West Aussie Mark McNally.
Ricciardello has 14 previous starts in the V8 Supercar Championship Series and five Bathurst 1000 starts, as well as experience in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.
Team co-owner Todd Kelly said that Ricciardello has huge potential and he was excited to finally give the West Aussie a proper crack at V8 Supercars.
“We're all pumped about it,” said Todd Kelly. “Tony has got a lot of potential and for us it's a huge win to get him onboard for this year. He is a guy that has always had a massive amount of potential but has slipped under the radar year after year, so it's good for us to finally give him a decent crack at a full season.
“I think he will surprise a few people, especially from the mid-to-late part of the year. He is a great bloke. Rick and I and everyone in the team get along really well with Tony.