NISSAN'S TODD KELLY SET TO RETIRE FROM FULL-TIME SUPERCARS ACTION
MELBOURNE, Australia – Nissan Motorsport ace Todd Kelly will retire from full-time driving at the end of the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
The Nissan Motorsport team co-owner and former Bathurst 1000 champion is set to complete his 541st race at this weekend’s Newcastle 500.
“I’ve decided to hang up the helmet at the end of this season,” said Kelly.
“To have a 20-year career doing something you love is pretty special. It’s been a long, solid and clean career of being a professional driver. And even though I would probably change a few things if I had my time again, there’s not anything I regret over that period.”
The 38-year-old sits fifth on the list of all-time race starts and has reached the top step of the podium 19 times - including the 2005 Bathurst 1000. The No.7 carsales Racing driver's accomplishments also include the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour, 2003 Sandown 500 and victory in Supercars’ maiden foray in China.
Kelly revealed that a persistent knee injury contributed to today’s announcement.
“I’ve had knee surgery twice this year, and it’s been a decent battle,” Kelly said.
“I love driving, and that’s what kept me going for 20 years. I love getting the most out of a car. I love going around a fast corner having the thing sideways at 240km/h. The fear factor has not crept in as I’ve got older, so I’ve not lost any of that enjoyment at all.”
Kelly will contest his final race weekend at the inaugural Newcastle 500, beginning this Friday.