Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Position
17
Points
1706
Penalty 0
Average Qualifying Position 14.6
Average finishing Position 15.4

biography

Date of birth
17/01/1983 (Age 36)
Place of birth
Mildura, Victoria
Lives
Melbourne, Victoria
Status
Married, Elysia, with child Lex
Outside of Racing
Camping, wind surfing, wake boarding, dirt bikes
Personal Vehicle
Nissan Patrol
Engineer
George Commins
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Rick Kelly returned to victory lane in 2018, ending a six-and-a-half year drought with his triumph at Winton.

That was also the first win he'd recorded in the Nissan Altima Supercar his family's Kelly Racing developed.

Kelly enjoyed a strong 2018, that victory accompanied by three other podiums and eighth in the championship, the best result an Altima driver has recorded.

It adds to the success Kelly has tasted in Supercars as a driver and team owner.

He won the 2006 Supercars Championship, to go with back-to-back Bathurst 1000 victories with Greg Murphy in ’03 and ’04.

With older brother Todd, Kelly has run a four-car team since 2009, including under the Nissan Motorsport banner for six seasons from '13.

After karting and Formula Ford, Kelly clinched the Australian Drivers Championship in Formula Holden in 2001 and made his Supercars debut in the same year for Kmart Racing.

Stepping into the Holden Young Lions program, Kelly was Rookie of the Year in 2002 and took over Todd's seat at Kmart Racing for the following season, culminating with his first Bathurst win.

In 2006, with the HSV Dealer Team, his consistency was unbeatable.

Despite only winning one individual race all season, Kelly took the title in controversial circumstances after a last-race clash with Craig Lowndes at Phillip Island.

Kelly continued under the Walkinshaw Racing umbrella in 2007 and ’08 before Kelly Racing was formed.

In Holdens, he took three wins in 2011 for the team, which then welcomed Nissan to Supercars in '13.

While progress with the Altima has been hard-earned, Kelly showed in 2018 he's still a force to be reckoned with.

Season Progress

Event Race Qualifying Finish Championship
Superloop Adelaide 500 ›
Race 1 › 10 11 11
Race 2 › 16 24 19
Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 ›
Race 3 › 17 22 20
Race 4 › 15 16 20
Race 5 › 19 16 19
Race 6 › 17 19 20
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint ›
Race 7 › 18 17 20
Race 8 › 11 15 19
WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint ›
Race 9 › 6 7 18
Race 10 › 11 8 17
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight ›
Race 11 › 14 15 17
Race 12 › 13 20 16
Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint ›
Race 13 › 15 14 16
Race 14 › 12 NC 18
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown ›
Race 15 › 15 21 18
Race 16 › 9 16 18
Watpac Townsville 400 ›
Race 17 › 15 17 18
Race 18 › 15 6 18
Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint ›
Race 19 › 21 16 18
Race 20 › 14 8 17
OTR SuperSprint ›
Race 21 › 15 23 17
Race 22 › 18 11 17
ITM Auckland SuperSprint ›
Race 23 › 22 19 17
Race 24 › 20 11 17
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 ›
Race 25 › 11 8 16
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 ›
Race 26 › 10 10 15
Race 27 › 14 14 15
Penrite Oil Sandown 500 ›
Race 29 › 14 17 15
Race 30 › 16 22 15

Vehicle detail

Nissan Altima
ENGINE: V8
Castrol Racing & Plus Fitness Racing

The Kelly Racing name returns to Supercars in 2019, following the end of Nissan's factory backing of the Altima program.

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