Rick Kelly

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Rick Kelly
Rick Kelly 2009.jpg
Rick Kelly signing autographs in 2009.
Nationality Australia Australian
V8 Supercar Record
Car number 15
Current team Kelly Racing
Series Championships 1 (2006)
Races 172
Round Wins 6
Podium finishes 28
Race Wins 13
Pole positions 7
2013 Championship position 14th (1754 pts)

Rick Kelly (born 17 January 1983 in Mildura, Victoria, Australia) is a current V8 Supercar racing driver, currently living in Melbourne, Victoria. He is the younger brother of former Bathurst 1000 champion, Todd Kelly. He previously drove for the HSV Dealer Team and has previously contributed to winning at the Bathurst 1000 alongside Greg Murphy in 2003 and 2004 under the banner of Kmart Racing.[1] Kelly was the 2006 V8 Supercar Champion for the HSV Dealer Team.[2] He moved to the new formed family team Kelly Racing for 2009 and onwards.[3]

2006 Supercar Championship[edit]

In 2006, Kelly won the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series after being one of the most consistent performers throughout the season. The victory, however, was not without its share of controversy.

Despite not winning a single round overall (though he did win an individual race), Kelly entered the final round of the series at Phillip Island seven points ahead of his nearest competitor, Craig Lowndes, (who had won four rounds) due to consistent high points finishes in all twelve of the previous 2006 rounds.

Coming into the third and final race of the round, Lowndes had managed to pull back the deficit to be even on points with Kelly, meaning that the driver out of the two who finished first would clinch the championship. Two laps into the final race, Kelly collided with Lowndes, who then slid into Todd Kelly. Damage to Lowndes car resulted in him finishing 29th, whereas Rick Kelly finished 18th and was awarded the series title despite not having won a single round.[4][5]

Career results[edit]

Kelly placed 14th in the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship driving a Nissan L33 Altima
Season Series Position Car Team
2000 Australian Formula Ford Championship 2nd Stealth Van Diemen RF94 Ford
2001 Australian Drivers' Championship 1st Reynard 94D Holden Birrana Racing
2001 Shell Championship Series 47th Holden VX Commodore K-Mart Racing Team
Holden Racing Team
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 12th Holden VX Commodore Holden Young Lions
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 8th Holden VX Commodore K-mart Racing Team
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 6th Holden VY Commodore K-mart Racing Team
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 8th Holden VZ Commodore HSV Dealer Team
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 1st Holden VZ Commodore HSV Dealer Team
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 4th Holden VE Commodore HSV Dealer Team
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 7th Holden VE Commodore HSV Dealer Team
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 8th Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 8th Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 6th Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 14th Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 14th Nissan Altima Nissan Motorsport


Charitable work[edit]

Kelly has joined other publicly known figures in support of the "Oscar's Law" campaign, a protest against the factory farming of companion animals. The campaign is named after a neglected dog found in central Victoria, Australia, and was launched in 2010. The list of supporters includes Kate Ceberano (singer), Jon Stevens (singer) and Sia (musician).[6] Kelly not only appears on the campaign's website, but he has also promoted the campaign on his Twitter account.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bob Jennings (11 October 2004). "Murphy and Kelly go back-to-back at Bathurst". The Sydney Morning Herald. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "2006 V8 Supercar Championship Final Points". V8 Supercars Australia. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Jack Daniel's teams up with Kelly Racing". Holden Motorsport. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  4. ^ McKay, Peter (11 December 2006) Kelly emerges in dramatic finale
  5. ^ Stanford, James (11 December 2006); Stewards reject Lowndes' appeal; The Herald Sun
  6. ^ "Home". Oscar's law. Oscar's Law. 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Rick Kelly (24 August 2011). "Get on board to help stop puppy farms and the sale of puppy's in pet shops.". Rick Kelly Twitter account. Twitter. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Simon Wills
Winner of the Australian Drivers' Championship
2001
Succeeded by
Will Power
Preceded by
Mark Skaife
Jim Richards
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
2003, 2004
(with Greg Murphy)
Succeeded by
Mark Skaife
Todd Kelly
Preceded by
Russell Ingall
Winner of the V8Supercar Championship Series
2006
Succeeded by
Garth Tander