Supercars fans have named Nissan Motorsport’s new Castrol livery for Rick Kelly their favourite of the 2018 season so far.
Oil giant Castrol returns to naming-rights sponsorship for the first time in nearly a decade with the deal to back Kelly’s Altima.
Unveiled on the Thursday morning of the Adelaide 500, the design won plenty of admirers early, and topped a Supercars.com poll for fans to select their favourite.
The Castrol Nissan garnered 21 percent of the vote to finish well clear of another returning sponsor, Autobarn Lowndes Racing with Craig Lowndes’ new colours on 13 percent.
Shell V-Power Racing was third with 12 percent backing a livery that is essentially unchanged from the one Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard carried last year.
The Red Bull Holden Racing Team and Erebus Motorsport’s Penrite scheme for David Reynolds completed the top five on the vote.
Kelly’s design is Castrol’s first full main game Supercar since Greg Murphy’s 2010 Paul Morris Motorsport Commodore.
It enjoyed a long association with Perkins Engineering through to the mid-2000s, also backing Tony Longhurst’s operation in the 1990s, before moving onto what is now Tickford Racing.
Along with smaller deals in Supercars in recent years, Alex Rullo carried Castrol colours in the 2016 Dunlop Super2 Series.