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Today Kelly Racing makes its most significant change in the history of the team as the Grove Group becomes a major shareholder of the business – in partnership with Rick and Todd Kelly – to form Kelly Grove Racing.
The Grove Group are a diversified portfolio of businesses, operating within the manufacturing, hire, private investment, property development and hospitality industries. With the business continuing to expand, the Grove Group – through their Grove Racing motorsport arm – have made a strategic investment in Kelly Racing for the 2021 Supercars season and beyond to further expand their operations and provide strategic opportunities to their business portfolio.
The Grove Group are a family-operated business that shares the same core values, beliefs and ambitions as the existing Kelly Racing group. The Grove family are extremely passionate about motorsport and have extensive experience in the industry, making them the ideal partner to drive the team forward for success in the future.
Stephen and Brenton Grove will play an active role in the team and will attend all race events alongside Team Principal and Co-owner Todd Kelly.
While the team is going through a major structural change, Kelly Grove Racing will continue to bring fans closer to the action with unique behind the scenes content and fan engagement opportunities.
Kelly Grove Racing will make further announcements about its 2021 driver and partner line-up in the coming days.
Todd Kelly, Co-owner, Kelly Grove Racing
“This will be our thirteenth year owning and running Kelly Racing. Over that period we’ve built and ran Holdens, designed, developed and manufactured a complete Nissan Supercar and engine, and recently converted to Ford, once again with the car build and engine development and manufacturing all completed in-house. I believe we’ve been extremely effective over the years to be able to design and manufacture all of our own equipment to an extremely high standard through having a great team, a supportive partner network and through a lot of hard work and dedication.”
“But it’s been evident for a long time now that there are two factors that contribute to consistent on-track success; one, streamlining the team from four cars to two and the second is being able to find a way to compete with the top teams that have the firepower of multiple shareholders both locally and international.”
“To put ourselves on a level playing field it was extremely important to have a partner come into the team who is like-minded and as passionate about racing as we are, and fortunately we’ve been able to find that partner in Stephen Grove.”
“The Grove Group, like most of our partners, is an extremely successful Australian-owned business which uses almost entirely Australian-made products which is important to Rick and myself. The Grove Group also has a vast amount of experience in motorsport with their Porsche and GT programs which will be a huge asset to the team.”
“Along with an announcement in the coming days on our new driver and sponsor line-up for this year, I believe this new partnership will set us up for our most successful year yet.”
Stephen Grove, Co-owner, Kelly Grove Racing
“I’m excited to announce our strategic partnership with Todd, Rick and Kelly Racing for 2021. We decided to enter the Supercars Championship based on the series’ strong strategic roadmap forward with the Gen 3 ruleset and the new TV rights agreement.”
“It was clear that the opportunity to partner with Kelly Racing was the right fit for our business given the synergies in philosophy between Kelly Racing and the Grove Group.”
“I believe that through our partnership the team can grow and develop to promote and reward our sponsors for their commitment in not only our team but our vision moving forward.”
Andrew Birkic, President and CEO of Ford Australia and New Zealand
“This is exciting news and will build on the strong and respected motorsport foundation that Kelly Racing have built up over the past 13 years to take the team to the next level. We look forward to continuing our support for the team and welcome Stephen and Brenton to the fold, and look forward to Kelly Grove Racing building on their on-track success this year.”
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