29 AUG 2019
Kelly Racing and Castrol launch Bathurst retro livery fan vote!
THIS year Kelly Racing and Castrol are giving fans the opportunity to choose the livery that will feature on Rick Kelly's #15 Nissan Altima at the Bathurst 1000. Castrol and Rick Kelly have a long history and racing pedigree that is engrained deep into the tarmac of the Mount Panorama circuit - back in 2003 Rick Kelly was able to win the great race alongside Greg Murphy with Castrol oils seeing their car to a convincing victory. In 2004 they made it two on the trot.
Castrol has had countless iconic moments at the mountain and with this year marking the oil giant's 100th birthday in Australia and New Zealand, Kelly Racing is celebrating by bringing an iconic livery back to Bathurst. The team has already shortlisted eight historic Castrol Racing Bathurst liveries including Russel Ingall's 'Silver Bullet' and Larry Perkins's timeless 'Saw Tooth' and after a series of social media polls there will be one winner!
Once the winning livery is decided, it will be over to Kelly Racing's design and graphics department to give Rick Kelly's Nissan Altima the unique look for Bathurst. This livery will be produced in conjunction with the teams paint and vinyl partners PPG and Graphic Art Mart.
Fans will need to ensure they are following Kelly Racing and Castrol Racing on Facebook in order to vote for the livery that they most want to see return. This is the first time that a Supercars team has involved the fans in deciding its Bathurst livery to this extent and Kelly Racing and the team at Castrol are excited to see which livery the fans choose.
The first four-car poll will launch at 7pm AEST Thursday 29 August featuring Russell Ingall's 'Silver Bullet', the #6 Castrol Edge FPR car driven by Mark Winterbottom and two classic Larry Perkins Commodores. The winner of this vote will go through to a final against the winning livery of the round two vote.
Fans can vote via the Kelly Racing Facebook page or by visiting the Bathurst Livery Fan Vote landing page on the Kelly Racing Website.
Then the final winning retro livery will applied to Rick Kelly's Castrol Racing Supercar, which will be revealed at the top of Mount Panorama leading into Bathurst weekend.
Rick Kelly, Driver, Castrol Racing #15
"Bathurst is a really special place for myself and the guys at Castrol, they were there with me when we won two in a row back in the early days, so it's really cool for us to pay tribute to an iconic Castrol Bathurst livery this year and continue Castrol's 100 year birthday celebrations."
"Last year we did the iconic Saw Tooth Larry Perkins Castrol livery and the response we had from the fans around that was incredible, everybody loved it, so now we're going one step further and putting our livery decision process in the hands of the fans and get them involved."
"I'm sure no matter what they pick, with our design team and the help of PPG and Graphic Art Mart, it'll look really cool on the Nissan Supercar and I can't wait to reveal at the top of Mount Panorama."
Ben Rose, Marketing Director of Castrol ANZ
"The Castrol brand has been on many iconic cars and driven by many iconic drivers, so what a great way to acknowledge some of the great moments by letting the fans pick the moment they liked best" said Ben Rose, Marketing Director of Castrol ANZ
"This year Castrol ANZ has been operating for 100 years, and motorsport has been part of our DNA. From developing product alongside the likes of Larry Perkins or supporting some of the all-time greats like Peter Brock, Colin Bond and the Richards', motorsport just runs through our veins.
"We are truly in awe by the amount of support, loyalty and ferocity of our motorsport fans and we're excited to be able to give them the chance to have a direct impact on the Castrol Racing Nissan at Bathurst.
"It's an incredible point of pride the amount of fan support we have had over the years and we look forward to seeing what they pick!"