Stephen Jelley

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Stephen Jelley
Stephen Jelley.jpg
Jelley at the 2009 BTCC Festival in Edinburgh
Nationality  British
Born (1982-05-12) 12 May 1982 (age 32)
Leicester (England)
2014 Blancpain Endurance Series
Debut season 2012
Current team Oman Racing Team
Car no. 44
Previous series
2011
201011
201013
200809
2008
200407
2002–03
International GT Open
Porsche Carrera Cup GB
British GT Championship
BTCC
GP2 Asia Series
British F3 Championship
British Formula Ford

Stephen Jelley (born 12 May 1982 in Leicester) is a British auto racing driver.

Career[edit]

Single-seaters[edit]

Jelley moved up from Formula Ford to the National Class of the British Formula Three Championship for 2004, taking three class wins.[1] In 2006 and 2007 he drove for Räikkönen Robertson Racing in British F3. After a second place in the 2007 opening round,[2] he took two wins and finished 3rd overall.[3][4] He contested the 2008 GP2 Asia Series season for the ART Grand Prix team.[5]

Touring cars[edit]

Jelley's 2009-spec BMW 320si at Rockingham.

Jelley switched to touring cars after his GP2 Asia campaign contesting the 2008 British Touring Car Championship with Team RAC as Colin Turkington's team-mate.[6] His last GP2 Asia weekend clashed with the second BTCC meeting of the year at Rockingham meaning a GP2 race in Dubai on the Friday and BTCC qualifying at Rockingham on the Saturday! Early results were not impressive, with only one point in the first 4 meetings, results gradually improved with points finishes in each of the next 3 meetings, At Silverstone he qualified seventh, but after finishing there in round 25, he crashed in round 26, dislocating his shoulder. Despite this injury he did contest round 27, finishing in the points. At the Brands Hatch season finale, he took pole position, although as he explained to ITV4, the team did not initially believe he had set the fastest time, and attributed seeing P1 on the screen to a timing error. In the race his gearbox failed, but he fought back to score minor points in the final round. For 2009 he continued with Team RAC and showed he had benefited from a years knowledge by finishing fourth (a then personal best) at the first round at Brands Hatch. Results continued to improve and at the halfway point of the 2009 season, Jelley took two second place finishes and a third position in the third race at Croft to clinch his first podium finishes in the sport. This was followed up at Rockingham with two wins one in race 1 from a starting position of fourth and one in race three again from fourth.

Porsche Carrera Cup[edit]

Jelley switched to the British Porsche Carrera Cup for 2010, driving for Team Parker Racing. He had a consistent season, taking 11 podium finishes (including wins in the final two races), and finished third in the championship, behind Tim Harvey and Michael Caine, but ahead of his team-mates.

Jelley remained in the series with the same team for 2011, this was a late change as he had initially agreed to drive in the 2011 Le Mans Series. Jelley took pole position for the season's first two races at Brands Hatch, leading the first until a mistake (that he attributed to a slightly different braking performance of the new car) dropped him to third. He rectified this in the second event, winning from team mate Euan Hankey. Throughout the season Jelley fought with the two SAS backed cars of James Sutton and Michael Meadows, they went into the final meeting of the year tied on points. A fuel pick up problem in qualifying resulted in a frustrating 7th and 9th positions, Jelley managed to race to 4th place before slight contact with the rear of Meadows's car resulted in a punctured radiator ending his championship chances. Over the year Jelley recorded 5 wins. Jelley's overtaking performances through the year were praised by Autosport Magazine (17 Nov 2011) as he was seen to make more positions than any other driver.

Avon Tyres British GT Championship[edit]

As well as the 2011 Carrera Cup GB Jelley competed in Two British GT Races for Trackspeed Racing at the wheel of a Porsche GT3R partnering David Ashburn. The pair also entered the International GT Open event at Brands Hatch. The highlight of these was Jelley setting Pole position for the British GT Donington 3 hour event, the pair finished 4th in the event. In 2012 Stephen competed in three rounds of the British GT Championship with Motorbase Performance driving a Porsche GT3R alongside businessman Steve Parish (Rockingham, Brands Hatch, and Donington.) He claimed Pole position for the Rockingham and Brands Hatch rounds.

Blancpain Endurance Series[edit]

During 2012 Stephen drove for Von Ryan Racing in the Blancpain Endurance Series in a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 alongside brothers Matt and Julien Draper. This included the Spa 24h race.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results (1 Race meeting contested)[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2005 Team Midland Euroseries Dallara F305/001 Toyota HOC
1
HOC
2
PAU
1
PAU
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MON
1
MON
2
OSC
1
OSC
2
NOR
1
NOR
2
NÜR
1

20
NÜR
2

16
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
LAU
1
LAU
2
HOC
3
HOC
4
NC 0

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2008 ART Grand Prix DUB1
FEA

15
DUB1
SPR

12
IDN
FEA

DSQ
IDN
SPR

Ret
MYS
FEA

Ret
MYS
SPR

18
BHR
FEA

16
BHR
SPR

9
DUB2
FEA

18
DUB2
SPR

DNS
24th 0

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point given all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pos Pts
2008 Team RAC BMW 320si BRH
1

14
BRH
2

11
BRH
3

10
ROC
1

11
ROC
2

15
ROC
3

11
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

13
THR
1

11
THR
2

11
THR
3

Ret
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

10
CRO
3

9
SNE
1

12
SNE
2

11
SNE
3

8
OUL
1

11
OUL
2

10
OUL
3

15
KNO
1

13
KNO
2

15
KNO
3

13
SIL
1

7
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

10
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

12
BRH
3

Ret
15th 14
2009 Team RAC BMW 320si BRH
1

7
BRH
2

4
BRH
3

Ret
THR
1

7
THR
2

4
THR
3

6
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

DNS
DON
3

DNS
OUL
1

5
OUL
2

14
OUL
3

Ret
CRO
1

2
CRO
2

2
CRO
3

3
SNE
1

6
SNE
2

13
SNE
3

Ret
KNO
1

8
KNO
2

8
KNO
3

10
SIL
1

7
SIL
2

12
SIL
3

4
ROC
1

1*
ROC
2

6*
ROC
3

1*
BRH
1

14
BRH
2

11
BRH
3

6
6th 137

Complete Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded all races) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2010 Team Parker Racing Porsche 997 GT3 THR
1

6
THR
2

DNS
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

4
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

Ret
OUL
1

3
OUL
2

3
CRO
1

2
CRO
2

4
SNE
1

3
SNE
2

3
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

3
KNO
1

7
KNO
2

9
DON
1

3
DON
2

13
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

1
3rd 248
2011 Team Parker Racing Porsche 997 GT3 BRH
1

3
BRH
2

1
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

5
THR
1

3
THR
2

2
OUL
1

2
OUL
2

1
NÜR
151
SNE
1

1
SNE
2

1
KNO
1

6
KNO
2

5
ROC
1

5
ROC
2

3
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

1
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

6
3rd 282
  1. ^ – Part of Porsche Carrera World Cup race.

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