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New home for ex-Kelly Mustang

THE Ford Mustang in which Owen Kelly challenged for the 2022 National Trans Am title has a new driver at the wheel.

Kelly, whose resume includes a Sandown 500 podium and a NASCAR Cup Series race, finished a narrow runner-up to Nathan Herne in 2022 and was a Trans Am race winner last year before pulling out mid-season.

His car has now been acquired by Dream Racing Australia for Josh Webster.

The Tasmanian finished eighth in the 2023 points aboard a Camaro.

“We’ve secured the ex-Owen Kelly Mustang for this year, so a bit of a change of brand,” said Webster.

“Hopefully it’s a good thing and we can keep the consistency up in 2024 as we did last year, but this time we should be further up the grid.

Josh Webster’s Dream Racing Australia 2024 teammate Jackson Rice. Pic: Supplied

“We know the car is quick, of which Owen proved many times, so now it’s up to me and we’ll see what we can do with it.

“Owen was fantastic to deal with and the guys at Auto Fix Sorell helped make it happen. I can’t thank everyone enough who helped make this happen.

“To put me in the best equipment we could find and alongside the hardest working team, 2024 is looking very exciting.

“I’ve been to most of the tracks now and we’ve got a bit of info behind us in addition to knowledge, so there are no excuses.”

A slow start to the season prevailed today at Sandown, with Webster last of the 16 runners on combined practice times.

Overall, Nash Morris topped Practice 2 but it was Elliot Barbour who set the fastest lap of the day in opening practice.

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