Steven Ellery (born 22 August 1974 in Melbourne) is a retired Australian racing driver known from V8 Supercars.

Racing history

Early career

Ellery started racing in karts before graduation to Formula Ford in 1992. After running near the front of the Formula Ford pack racing a Van Diemen in 1993 Ellery moved his family-run team into the Australian Manufacturers' Championship (later known as the Australian Super Touring Championship), driving first a Ford Sierra in 1994 then a BMW 318i in 1995. Ellery's appearance in an ex-Glenn Seton Racing Ford Sierra at the Amaroo Park Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) round in 1994 remains the most recent entry of a non-V8 powered car in the championship.[1]

ATCC / V8 Supercars

After two Bathurst 1000 starts in 1993 and 1994, Ellery entered the ATCC full-time in 1996 with his eponymous team, finishing 15th in the championship. He then joined Longhurst Racing for the post-season endurance races in 1996, finishing 4th at the Sandown 500 and 3rd at the Bathurst 1000 with Tony Longhurst. He continued with the team in 1997, as the team expanded to two cars with a second Ford EL Falcon. After a falling out with Longhurst, he then raced a Holden Young Lions Holden VS Commodore, prepared by Gibson Motorsport, in 1998.[1]

His time away from the family team proved to be short-lived with Ellery again choosing to team up with his father Bruce from 1999 onwards, the team contesting a partial campaign of the championship with backing from family company .[2] Ellery did however take a pole position at the non-championship event supporting the Gold Coast Indy 300.[3] Ellery joined Dick Johnson Racing for the 1999 endurance events, now part of the championship, and co-driver Paul Radisich was leading the 1999 FAI 1000 with under 20 laps to go before a flat tyre put them out of the race.[4]

In 2000 Ellery, now with Supercheap Auto backing, won the second race of the Sandown round, what proved to be his only championship race victory. Ellery continued with his team until 2004, with a best finish of 9th in the championship in 2001.[5] The team's highlight was a double podium for Ellery and Luke Youlden at the two major endurance races in 2003, second at Sandown and third at Bathurst.[3] In 2005, Ellery was selected to partner Craig Lowndes at Triple Eight Race Engineering in a two-year deal. While Lowndes mounted a championship challenge, Ellery only finished 13th in the championship with one podium at the 2005 Bathurst 1000. He was replaced after only one year for 2006 by Jamie Whincup and never returned as a full-time driver in the series.[1]

Over the next three years, Ellery drove with Paul Morris Motorsport and Garry Rogers Motorsport as an endurance co-driver before stepping away from the sport.[3]

Other racing

Ellery entered the first four rounds of the 2007 Australian Carrera Cup Championship before dropping out of the championship.

Business

Ellery is the chief executive officer of his family labour contracting business.[1]

Career results

Season Series Position Car Team
1992 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 15th Van Diemen RF91 Ford Steven Ellery Racing
1993 Australian Formula Ford Championship 6th Van Diemen RF93 Ford Steven Ellery Racing
1994 Australian Manufacturers' Championship 4th Ford Sierra RS Steven Ellery Racing
1995 Australian Super Touring Championship 6th BMW 318i Steven Ellery Racing
1996 Australian Touring Car Championship 15th Ford EF Falcon Steven Ellery Racing
1997 Australian Touring Car Championship 18th Ford EL Falcon Longhurst Racing
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 15th Holden VS Commodore Holden Young Lions
1999 Shell Championship Series 35th Ford EL Falcon
Ford AU Falcon
Steven Ellery Racing
Dick Johnson Racing
2000 Shell Championship Series 21st Ford AU Falcon Steven Ellery Racing
2001 Shell Championship Series 9th Ford AU Falcon Steven Ellery Racing
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 21st Ford AU Falcon Steven Ellery Racing
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 19th Ford BA Falcon Steven Ellery Racing
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 25th Ford BA Falcon Steven Ellery Racing
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 13th Ford BA Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 31st Holden VZ Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport
2007 Australian Carrera Cup Championship 16th Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Sherrin Motorsport
V8 Supercar Championship Series 31st Holden VZ Commodore
Holden VE Commodore
Paul Morris Motorsport
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 40th Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

Year No. Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
1993 77 Phoenix Motorsport Ford Sierra Australia Gary Gosatti DNF 62
1994 10 Phil Ward Racing Holden VP Commodore Australia Phil Ward NC 100
1996 25 Longhurst Racing Ford EF Falcon Australia Tony Longhurst 3rd 161
1997 45 Gibson Motorsport Holden VS Commodore Australia Darren Hossack 6th 154
1998 24 Romano Racing Holden VS Commodore Australia Paul Romano 12th 151
1999 18 Dick Johnson Racing Ford AU Falcon New Zealand Paul Radisich DNF 147
2000 31 Steven Ellery Racing Ford AU Falcon Australia Paul Stokell DNF 82
2001 31 Steven Ellery Racing Ford AU Falcon Australia Geoff Brabham 7th 161
2002 31 Steven Ellery Racing Ford AU Falcon Australia Luke Youlden 9th 160
2003 31 Steven Ellery Racing Ford BA Falcon Australia Luke Youlden 3rd 161
2004 31 Steven Ellery Racing Ford BA Falcon Australia Luke Youlden 16th 158
2005 88 Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BA Falcon Australia Adam Macrow 3rd 161
2006 67 Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VZ Commodore Australia Paul Morris 6th 161
2007 67 Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Australia Paul Morris DNF 145
2008 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Australia Greg Ritter 16th 157

References

  1. ^ a b c d Noonan, Aaron (17 March 2018). "Saturday Sleuthing: Steve Ellery". Supercars. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Saturday Sleuthing: Larko's Gold Coast Winner". Supercars. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Steve Ellery". Speedcafe. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  4. ^ Greenhalgh, David; Tuckey, Bill (2013). The official history of The Great Race Bathurst : 50 years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. ISBN 9780980591231.
  5. ^ Greenhalgh, David; Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (2011). The official history: Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-9805912-2-4.