20 APR 2017
Nissan ready for Phillip Island 500
The cars are prepped and the trucks are packed. Nissan Motorsport is all set for this weekend's WD-40 Phillip Island 500.
Rick Kelly will compete across the weekend's dual 250km events in the team's spare chassis, following the carnage in Tasmania a fortnight ago. The 12 car pile-up destroyed Rick's Altima (Chassis #006), with the team forced to work around the clock to get Chassis #003 race ready.
Here are Rick Kelly's thoughts on the amazing 10-day build achieved by the team...
"It's something you can never really plan for. We knew we had a spare chassis, we knew we had the equipment to fix the car, and we certainly have the guys to fix it. But changing Easter plans and working day and night is a difficult situation. To see how the guys reacted to it and got it done really shows the calibre of the staff we have here. To have the car ready to race is nothing short of amazing. It's a real credit to those guys and something I'm incredibly grateful for."
"Seeing it there so heavily damaged, knowing that the life of the car was probably over, is a tough situation. Having a DNF in that race is tough, but so was watching the Sunday race from the sideline knowing you don't have a chance to get in there and try and win or get some points. It's definitely a part of the sport but when it happens to you, and you're faced with it, it's very difficult."
"It was very inspiring to see the car progress from a bare chassis to what we'll race on the weekend. Building a race car is not a simple task. Obviously, everything is handcrafted and build at the factory here, so to create enough components and replenish all your spares is a big job. To piece a bare chassis together into a full race car in such a short amount of time is incredible to watch. Every day I'd walk in and see such amazing progress."
"It's a big job now, as well, to put that behind us and hit Phillip Island not thinking about the incident or what chassis we're in. Because we missed that race on Sunday we took a big hit in points. We've got a very big job in front of us and it's a critical time to put the rebuild behind us and focus on delivering a result at Phillip Island and moving forward."