08 OCT 2019
Rick Kelly's Bathurst fan-voted livery revealed at Mount Panorama
Race fans have helped launch the fan-voted Silver Bullet Castrol livery which will adorn Rick Kelly's #15 Nissan Supercar for this week's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Giving back to the lifeblood of the sport, race fans were provided the rare opportunity to vote for the historic Castrol livery that they want to see return to Mount Panorama on Rick Kelly's Supercar. Kelly Racing and Castrol held three different knock-out votes with eight potential liveries to find the fan-favourite design.
The final round came down to the much loved 'Saw Tooth' run by Perkins Engineering in the 90s and Russell Ingall's 'Silver Bullet'. The Silver Bullet was the landslide winner, claiming around 70 percent of the final round votes last month.
Keeping in the spirit of fan involvement, the livery was revealed today at the top of Mount Panorama at a public event. Rick Kelly and Russell Ingall pulled the covers off the retro-themed Nissan alongside the original 2000 VT Commodore Silver Bullet race car built by Castrol Perkins Engineering.
The livery produced in conjunction with the team's paint and graphic suppliers PPG and Graphic Art Mart features the same retro silver hue over a white base as the original. This is offset by Castrol's iconic red and green colours and the classic oversized #15 door decals.
This tribute to a classic fan-favorite livery continues Castrol Australia's 100-year celebrations and longstanding involvement in motorsport. Castrol is the most winning oil at The Mountain exceeding 20 victories - two of which with Rick Kelly at the wheel when he went back-to-back in 2003 and 2004 with Greg Murphy.
Rick and co-driver Dale Wood will also be bringing Eastern Plant Hire along for the ride on the front and rear windscreens this weekend. Eastern Plant Hire specializes in earth moving equipment, plant hire and truck hire in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
The car will hit the track on Thursday morning for Practice One and will be raced by Rick and Dale in Sunday's 1000km epic.
The original Silver Bullet Commodore race car is currently for sale, for all enquires please contact Mark Papendell on 0427 930 612.
Rick Kelly - #15 Castrol Racing
"Today we've taken the covers off the Silver Bullet-inspired retro livery that myself and Dale will be running for the Bathurst 1000. The fans have done a great job in picking a livery that looks great but is also pretty retro and judging by the response from the fans on the mountain our paint and graphics departments have done a pretty good job of adapting the Silver Bullet to the Nissan Altima."
"For me this weekend is all about having fun and enjoying what is the biggest weekend in our sport and to kick it off by revealing this livery at the top of Mount Panorama with all of the fans here is really cool."
"Over the years I've had a fair bit of success here at the mountain and Castrol was supporting me back then so to have their continued support now and be able to do cool initiatives like this and involve the fans is great for our partnership."
"Myself and Dale are now really looking forward to hitting the track on Thursday, this event is always a big challenge both physically and mentally for the drivers but at the same time it's such a special place to drive around so any time you can do laps here is a good experience."
Russell Ingall - Former Supercars Champion
"The Silver Bullet in its day was definitely a crowd favourite and glad to see it still is now. My time at Castrol Perkins Racing was a pretty special part of my career so to see those colours
here today and racing around the Mountain is going to bring back some great memories.
"Have to thank the fans for picking this Castrol livery and hopefully will see it cross the line on the podium."
Ben Rose - Castrol Australia Marketing Director
"Seeing the fan response to the Castrol livery vote has been pretty humbling. We have been able to launch some incredible liveries over the years and it's amazing to see how the fans connect to these Castrol cars."
"We're proud to give the fans the opportunity to decide the Castrol livery that runs at Bathurst, Castrol as an organisation are racing fans at heart."
"It looks to be another incredible battle at the Mountain this Sunday and we wish Rick and Dale the best of luck."