Jelley last raced in the BTCC in 2009
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Stephen Jelley will return to the British Touring Car Championship for the first time since 2009 as Team Parker announced the former WSR driver will pilot their Ford Focus for the 2017 season. Since leaving the BTCC, Jelley has gone onto race in various series, most notably the Porsche Carrera Cup GB of late, having finished fifth in the 2016 championship.
As well as racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup, Jelley has also raced in the British GT championship and the Blancpain Endurance Series, which included competing in the Spa 24 hours.
The move effectively sees Jelley and previous Team Parker racer Alex Martin swap seats, with Martin announcing he would return to the Porsche Carrera Cup last month.
During his first stint in the BTCC, in which he competed in the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Jelley’s best championship result was seventh with two race victories, both coming at Rockingham. Jelley hopes he is able to improve on his seventh placed finish however he is waiting to see where he will be after the first few tests before setting any season goals.
2017 will be the first time that Jelley has raced a front wheel drive car, having previously raced single seaters and a BMW while with WSR as well as sports cars.
Team Parker are equally eager for 2017 to get underway. “We are thrilled to have Stephen with us – “He has driven for the team for four seasons in the Porsche Carrera Cup in his career and he is part of the fixtures and fittings at the squad,” Team Parker team principal Stuart Parker said.
He continued to say, “We have had two great years with Alex, who was learning all the time. Stephen is a proven race winner at this level and, although he will be getting to grips with front-wheel-drive for the first time, he can help us move forward.”