Nissan Motorsport have pulled the covers off an unmistakable vintage colour scheme for Rick and Todd Kelly’s Nissan Altima’s to be fielded at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 later this month.
The Nissan brothers have taken inspiration from the Pete Brock Racing Enterprises’ Datsuns that were very successful in the American sportscar scene during the 1960’s and 1970’s
The extravagant and eye catching red, blue and white liveries have been recaptured for the opening round of the Supercars Pirtek Endure Cup at Sundown Raceway in two weeks time.
Rick Kelly will share his #15 Nissan Altima with Porsche Carrera Cup ace David Wall, while his brother Todd Kelly is set to share his #7 Altima with Super2 star Jack Le Brocq.
“This livery is quite special,” Todd Kelly said.
“Not only does the car celebrate Nissan’s racing past, but also this year marks Carsales’ 20th anniversary. So to be able to celebrate both of these achievements at the Retro Round is really great.
“Jack (Le Brocq) has been doing a great job in the Super2 series this year,” continued Kelly.
“He’s also driven really well in his main game wild card appearances. So to have a young guy who is really familiar with the Altima will be beneficial for the longer races.”
Rick Kelly is also excited for the enduro campaign, being dubbed as the Nissan to beat considering he sits 14th in the Championship and the first of the Altima’s.
“The colours of the car are really iconic and really capture the spirit of the retro round,” Rick Kelly said.
“There’s been a lot to celebrate in terms of Nissan’s racing history in Australia, but this year we decided to look abroad and to their domination of American road racing in the early 70s.
“We’re all familiar with Australia’s Peter Brock, but America’s Pete Brock ran fast Nissans in the 60s and 70s to great success. So it’s fun to share this history with everyone.
“David has done everything asked of him so far and I’m excited to start our enduro campaign together,” Kelly concluded.
The Kelly Racing squad will continue their endurance season preparations with a test day scheduled at Winton for Wednesday, while the other Nissan of Michael Caruso will hit the track at Phillip Island for a tyre test with Dunlop.