One of the V8 Supercars Series’ worst-kept secrets has finally been announced, with the Kelly Racing team confirming that Karl Reindler will join its driver line-up for the 2012 season, taking over from David Reynolds.
Twenty-six-year-old Reindler had a fairly anonymous 2011 campaign with his former employers, Brad Jones Racing, aside from being involved in a massive start-line accident at Barbagallo where he was rammed from behind after stalling on the grid. His car burst into flames, and he was lucky to emerge with little more than superficial burns on his hands.
Reindler will take his main sponsors, Fair Dinkum Sheds, over to Kelly Racing’s Victorian operation, where he will pilot the team’s #11 Holden Commodore entry. His move to Kelly Racing had been speculated for some months.
“I’m very excited about my move to Kelly Racing,” he is quoted as saying in today’s announcement.
“To have Fair Dinkum Sheds onboard with me for the third year in a row is great as well and I’m looking forward to building on that relationship even further in 2012.
The team released a mock-up of the livery his car will sport for the 2012 season.
The team is one of just two four-car operations in the championship – the other being the recently-expanded Dick Johnson Racing Team – and it will field brothers Todd and Rick Kelly in Jack Daniel’s colours, with veteran driver Greg Murphy running the livery of his main backers, Pepsi Max.
Reindler’s signing means that just two full-time vacancies exist on this year’s grid, with the #55 Rod Nash / Ford Performance Racing entry (formerly driven by Paul Dumbrell) and the #30 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (formerly driven by Warren Luff) are both up for grabs.