Dylan O’Keeffe makes his Great Race debut this year in a Kelly Racing Mustang after being hired to team up with Andre Heimgartner at Bathurst.
The youngster had seemingly dropped off the Supercars map after not securing a second Dunlop Super2 season for 2020, despite placing fifth overall in his rookie campaign.
That season had come aboard the Commodore Chris Pither took to the 2018 Super2 title for Garry Rogers Motorsport.
Previously, the young Victorian had primarily raced Porsches since getting started in his home state's 944 series.
O’Keeffe progressed to the national GT3 Cup Challenge in 2015, finishing an impressive second with one race win among 12 podium finishes.
For 2016 he made the big jump to Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, finishing inside the top 10 as a rookie despite racing for the first time at all bar one circuit on the calendar.
Staying with Ashley Seward Motorsport for 2017, O’Keeffe broke through for his first podium finish in the Adelaide opener, the first of four on his way to sixth in the points.
He also claimed a class victory in the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, racing a Class B Porsche with David Wall, Dean Grant and Xavier West.
Strong results earnt O'Keeffe a nomination to be Australia’s representative in the Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme Shootout in Europe at the end of 2017.
Last was a breakthrough as O'Keeffe took his first Carrera Cup round victory at Hidden Valley, race win at Sydney Motorsport Park and third in the points.