Rick Kelly

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Rick Kelly
Rick Kelly 2009.jpg
Rick Kelly signing autographs in 2009
Nationality  Australian
Born 17 January 1983 (1983-01-17) (age 35)
Mildura, Victoria
Supercars Record
Car number 15
Current team Nissan Motorsport
Series championships 1 (2006)
Races 491
Race wins 12
Podium finishes 55
Pole positions 11
2017 Championship position 14th (1773 pts)

Rick Kelly (born 17 January, 1983) is an Australian professional racing driver currently competing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, driving the No. 15 Nissan Altima for Nissan Motorsport. Previously, he drove for the HSV Dealer Team with whom he won the Bathurst 1000 alongside Greg Murphy in 2003 and 2004.[1] In 2006, Kelly extended his success by winning the V8 Supercar Championship for the HSV Dealer Team.[2] His older brother Todd Kelly was also a racing driver who won the Bathurst 1000 in 2005. His parents John and Margaret Kelly formed Kelly Racing in 2009 with Rick and Todd Kelly as lead drivers, expanding to a 4 car operation.[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), or scoring a pole position in any 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]

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]

Career results[edit]

Career summary[edit]

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
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 L33 Nissan Motorsport
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 13th Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 9th Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport
2016 International V8 Supercars Championship 13th Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 14th Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport

Supercars Championship results[edit]

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year No. Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2001 51 Kmart Racing Holden VX Commodore Australia Nathan Pretty 14th 158
2002 02 Holden Racing Team Holden VX Commodore Australia Nathan Pretty 4th 161
2003 51 Kmart Racing Holden VY Commodore New Zealand Greg Murphy 1st 161
2004 15 Kmart Racing Holden VY Commodore New Zealand Greg Murphy 1st 161
2005 16 HSV Dealer Team Holden VZ Commodore Australia Garth Tander 16th 149
2006 15 HSV Dealer Team Holden VZ Commodore Australia Todd Kelly 2nd 161
2007 1 HSV Dealer Team Holden VE Commodore Australia Garth Tander DNF 134
2008 15 HSV Dealer Team Holden VE Commodore New Zealand Paul Radisich DNS 0
16 Australia Paul Dumbrell
Australia David Reynolds
20th 127
2009 7 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore Australia Todd Kelly 8th 161
2010 15 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore Australia Owen Kelly 16th 161
2011 15 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore Australia Owen Kelly 22nd 159
2012 15 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore Australia David Russell 15th 161
2013 15 Nissan Motorsport Nissan L33 Altima Australia Karl Reindler 19th 161
2014 15 Nissan Motorsport Nissan L33 Altima Australia David Russell 8th 161
2015 15 Nissan Motorsport Nissan L33 Altima Australia David Russell 16th 161
2016 15 Nissan Motorsport Nissan L33 Altima Australia Russell Ingall DNF 156
2017 15 Nissan Motorsport Nissan L33 Altima Australia David Wall 13th 159

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. 

External links[edit]

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 V8 Supercar Championship Series
2006
Succeeded by
Garth Tander
Preceded by
Jamie Whincup
Winner of the Clipsal 500
2007
Succeeded by
Jamie Whincup