Rick Kelly signing autographs in 2009
|Born||17 January 1983 (age 34)
|Current team||Nissan Motorsport|
|Series championships||1 (2006)|
|2016 Championship position||13th (1,835 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. In 2006, Kelly extended his success by winning the V8 Supercar Championship for the HSV Dealer Team. His older brother Todd Kelly is 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.
2006 Supercar Championship
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.
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). Kelly not only appears on the campaign's website, but he has also promoted the campaign on his Twitter account.
Supercars Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
- 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.
- "2006 V8 Supercar Championship Final Points". V8 Supercars Australia. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
- "Jack Daniel's teams up with Kelly Racing". Holden Motorsport. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
- McKay, Peter (11 December 2006) Kelly emerges in dramatic finale
- Stanford, James (11 December 2006); Stewards reject Lowndes' appeal; The Herald Sun
- "Home". Oscar's law. Oscar's Law. 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
- 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.
- Official Rick Kelly Website
- Rick Kelly Kelly Racing Profile
- Rick Kelly Holden Motor Sport Profile
- Rick Kelly V8 Supercars Official Profile
|Winner of the Australian Drivers' Championship
|Winner of the Bathurst 1000
(with Greg Murphy)
|Winner of the V8 Supercar Championship Series
|Winner of the Clipsal 500