Global appeal the key to Angelo’s decision to focus on TCR
Returning for another season of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia, Chelsea Angelo says that the category’s global appeal as a key factor in deciding to join and remain in the series.
Originally entering the series with Kelly Racing in 2019, Angelo joined Melbourne Performance Centre this year, racing the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR formerly driven by Aaron Cameron to third place overall in the inaugural series.
The vastly experienced Angelo returned from Europe at the beginning of 2019 and was searching for a new challenge.
“When I was coming back from Austria after not making the W-Series, I was thinking about the next best step for my career,” Angelo said.
“I looked at the TCR Australia Series, because it was new and fresh, and I thought it was a very good category. It’s different, there’s multiple manufacturers in it, it has an accessible budget and it’s a world-renowned series, so let’s jump into that!”
The TCR regulations are utilised right around the world and this was the attraction for Angelo.
“I was convinced by the global appeal of TCR,” Angelo emphasised.
“It looked interesting and for my career at that point it proved the perfect match for myself, which continues into 2021. We all know that racing overseas at the moment isn’t realistic, however, when the world clears up, I’d like to continue to look at opportunities all across the world in these cars.”
Angelo is continuing to adapt to the category after racing previously in open wheelers and sportscars.
“TCR is really, really different to all the other categories I have driven in,” she explained.
“For example, the last category I raced was Porsche Sprint Challenge and going into TCR from there is like flipping a table upside down in terms of how the cars are set-up.
“It’s a challenge, but it’s one I’m enjoying.”
As Angelo continues to work hard behind the scenes to add additional supporters to her campaign, she is keen to attack the final three rounds of Supercheap Auto TCR Australia.
“We’re doing everything we can to race at the final three rounds,” she said.
“I’m really looking forward to the final three rounds, especially to have another crack at Bathurst is exciting.”