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 Chelgrave Contracting.[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

Supercars Championship results

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

Supercars results
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 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 Position Points
1996 Steven Ellery Racing Ford EF Falcon EAS
R1

EAS
R2

EAS
R3

SAN
R4

SAN
R5

SAN
R6

BAT
R7

BAT
R8

BAT
R9

SYM
R10

SYM
R11

SYM
R12

PHI
R13

PHI
R14

PHI
R15

CAL
R16

CAL
R17

CAL
R18

LAK
R19

LAK
R20

LAK
R21

BAR
R22

BAR
R23

BAR
R24

MAL
R25

MAL
R26

MAL
R27

ORA
R28

ORA
R29

ORA
R30

15th
1997 Longhurst Racing Ford EL Falcon CAL
R1

CAL
R2

CAL
R3

PHI
R4

PHI
R5

PHI
R6

SAN
R7

SAN
R8

SAN
R9

SYM
R10

SYM
R11

SYM
R12

WIN
R13
WIN
R14
WIN
R15
EAS
R16

EAS
R17

EAS
R18

LAK
R19

LAK
R20

LAK
R21

BAR
R22

BAR
R23

BAR
R24

MAL
R25

MAL
R26

MAL
R27

ORA
R28

ORA
R29

ORA
R30

18th
1998 Holden Young Lions Holden VS Commodore SAN
R1

4
SAN
R2

11
SAN
R3

9
SYM
R4

17
SYM
R5

9
SYM
R6

8
LAK
R7

14
LAK
R8

8
LAK
R9

6
PHI
R10

PHI
R11

PHI
R12

WIN
R13

WIN
R14

WIN
R15

MAL
R16

MAL
R17

MAL
R18

BAR
R19

BAR
R20

BAR
R21

CAL
R22

CAL
R23

CAL
R24

HDV
R25

HDV
R26

HDV
R27

ORA
R28

ORA
R29

ORA
R30

15th
1999 Steven Ellery Racing Ford EL Falcon EAS
R1
EAS
R2
EAS
R3
ADE
R4
BAR
R5
BAR
R6
BAR
R7
PHI
R8
PHI
R9
PHI
R10
HDV
R11
HDV
R12
HDV
R13
SAN
R14
SAN
R15
SAN
R16
QLD
R17
QLD
R18
QLD
R19
CAL
R20
CAL
R21
CAL
R22
SYM
R23
SYM
R24
SYM
R25
WIN
R26
WIN
R27
WIN
R28
ORA
R29
ORA
R30
ORA
R31
QLD
R32

BAT
R33

35th
2000 Steven Ellery Racing Ford AU Falcon PHI
R1
PHI
R2
BAR
R3
BAR
R4
BAR
R5
ADE
R6
ADE
R7
EAS
R8
EAS
R9
EAS
R10
HDV
R11
HDV
R12
HDV
R13
CAN
R14
CAN
R15
CAN
R16
QLD
R17
QLD
R18
QLD
R19
WIN
R20
WIN
R21
WIN
R22
ORA
R23
ORA
R24
ORA
R25
CAL
R26
CAL
R27
CAL
R28
QLD
R29

SAN
R30
SAN
R31
SAN
R32
BAT
R33

21st
2001 Steven Ellery Racing Ford AU Falcon PHI
R1
PHI
R2
ADE
R3
ADE
R4
EAS
R5
EAS
R6
HDV
R7
HDV
R8
HDV
R9
CAN
R10
CAN
R11
CAN
R12
BAR
R13
BAR
R14
BAR
R15
CAL
R16
CAL
R17
CAL
R18
ORA
R19
ORA
R20
QLD
R21

WIN
R22
WIN
R23
BAT
R24

PUK
R25
PUK
R26
PUK
R27
SAN
R28
SAN
R29
SAN
R30
9th
2002 Steven Ellery Racing Ford AU Falcon ADE
R1

ADE
R2

PHI
R3
PHI
R4
EAS
R5

EAS
R6

EAS
R7

HDV
R8

HDV
R9

HDV
R10

CAN
R11

CAN
R12

CAN
R13

BAR
R14

BAR
R15

BAR
R16

ORA
R17

ORA
R18

WIN
R19

WIN
R20

QLD
R21

BAT
R22

SUR
R23

SUR
R24

PUK
R25

PUK
R26

PUK
R27

SAN
R28

SAN
R29

21st
2003 Steven Ellery Racing Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

4
ADE
R1

2
PHI
R3

7
EAS
R4

8
WIN
R5

3
BAR
R6

4
BAR
R7

3
BAR
R8

8
HDV
R9

9
HDV
R10

6
HDV
R11

5
QLD
R12

Ret
ORA
R13

23
SAN
R14

6
BAT
R15

4
SUR
R16

Ret
SUR
R17

22
PUK
R18

20
PUK
R19

6
PUK
R20

6
EAS
R21

4
EAS
R22

16
19th
2004 Steven Ellery Racing Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

2
ADE
R2

2
EAS
R3

4
PUK
R4

6
PUK
R5

5
PUK
R6

4
HDV
R7

5
HDV
R8

3
HDV
R9

3
BAR
R10

Ret
BAR
R11

6
BAR
R12

2
QLD
R13

2
WIN
R14

13
ORA
R15

10
ORA
R16

11
SAN
R17

15
BAT
R18

21
SUR
R19

Ret
SUR
R20

Ret
SYM
R21

4
SYM
R22

13
SYM
R23

6
EAS
R24

8
EAS
R25

4
EAS
R26

8
25th
2005 Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

ADE
R2

PUK
R3
PUK
R4
PUK
R5
BAR
R6

BAR
R7

BAR
R8

EAS
R9

EAS
R10

SHA
R11
SHA
R12
SHA
R13

HDV
R14

HDV
R15

HDV
R16

QLD
R17

ORA
R18

ORA
R19

SAN
R20

BAT
R21

SUR
R22

SUR
R23

SUR
R24

SYM
R25

SYM
R26

SYM
R27

PHI
R28

PHI
R29

PHI
R30

13th
2006 Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VZ Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

PUK
R3

PUK
R4

PUK
R5

BAR
R6

BAR
R7

BAR
R8

WIN
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

HDV
R14

QLD
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

ORA
R18

ORA
R19

ORA
R20

SAN
R21

BAT
R22

SUR
R23

SUR
R24

SUR
R25

SYM
R26

SYM
R27

SYM
R28

BHR
R29

BHR
R30

BHR
R31

PHI
R32

PHI
R33

PHI
R34

31st
2007 Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

BAR
R3

BAR
R4

BAR
R5

PUK
R6

PUK
R7

PUK
R8

WIN
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

EAS
R12

EAS
R13

EAS
R14

HDV
R15

HDV
R16

HDV
R17

QLD
R18

QLD
R19

QLD
R20

ORA
R21

ORA
R22

ORA
R23

SAN
R24

BAT
R25

SUR
R26

SUR
R27

SUR
R28

BHR
R29

BHR
R30

BHR
R31

SYM
R32

SYM
R33

SYM
R34

PHI
R35

PHI
R36

PHI
R37

31st
2008 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

EAS
R3

EAS
R4

EAS
R5

HAM
R6

HAM
R7

HAM
R8

BAR
R9

BAR
R10

BAR
R11

SAN
R12

SAN
R13

SAN
R14

HDV
R15

HDV
R16

HDV
R17

QLD
R18

QLD
R19

QLD
R20

WIN
R21

WIN
R22

WIN
R23

PHI
Q

PHI
R24

BAT
R25

SUR
R26

SUR
R27

SUR
R28

BHR
R29

BHR
R30

BHR
R31

SYM
R32

SYM
R33

SYM
R34

ORA
R35

ORA
R36

ORA
R37

40th

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

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  2. ^ "Saturday Sleuthing: Larko's Gold Coast Winner". Supercars. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
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