TODD KELLY SIGNS OFF WITH TOP TEN AS NISSAN SHINES IN NEWCASTLE
Newcastle Street Circuit, NSW, Australia – Nissan Motorsport has finished the 2017 Supercars championship on a high with two cars in the top five and Todd Kelly signing off on his career with a top ten finish.
Rick Kelly finished yesterday's second race on the Newcastle street circuit in fourth place ahead of Michael Caruso in fifth. Todd Kelly's final drive for the team gave him a 10th place finish.
While the trio all excelled in Sunday's action, teammate Simona De Silvestro also played a starring role in both Saturday and Sunday's race.
The Swiss driver was robbed of a top-five finish on Saturday after contact only a few laps from home. In Sunday's race she again showed impressive speed and aggression only to be turned around by a rival on the unforgiving street circuit.
Sunday's final race for Todd Kelly was honored by the team when they updated the livery for the No. 7 Altima overnight to a throwback design celebrating his first ever win in Supercars competition
"I really wanted to get a good result for my last day in the car," Kelly said.
"Just to finish around this place seems like a good result. I was quite cautious for most of the race. I did not want a DNF for my last time. We had a car that was good enough to press on a little bit, but I decided to hang back and take tenth rather than risk it.
"I was pretty emotional when I pulled up and saw everyone standing outside the garage. I was completely fine until then, but that knocked me about.
"We're done now. I'm finished. I came to terms with my decision before the weekend. The race team really needs to take priority now, and it's a critical time for us.
"We've pushed hard in the second half of this season in preparations for next year. We want to make next year the best year yet. Having that as a goal is making me feel better about not being in the car."