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 tea, 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.
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