09 SEP 2019
Rick Kelly and Castrol to celebrate milestones in NZ
Kelly Racing will continue Castrol's 100-year birthday celebrations this week in New Zealand. This year marks Castrol's century in Australia and New Zealand, and while KR and Castrol celebrated in Townsville earlier this year, it was only fair we continue the party as the Supercars tour heads across the Tasman to Auckland.
To celebrate, Rick Kelly will run a slightly altered NZ-themed version of the Castrol 100-year livery that debuted at Townsville. The livery features a pattern of historic Castrol logos and NZ-inspired ferns blended into a green background.
The livery features the same unique matte finish as the Townsville special. It also features Castrol New Zealand's 100-year anniversary logo. This unique livery has been produced in conjunction with the team's paint and vinyl partners PPG and Graphic Art Mart.
While Castrol New Zealand celebrates its milestone, Rick Kelly will also celebrate a significant moment in New Zealand, starting his 250th Supercars round this weekend. He is only the fifth driver ever to achieve this milestone and if he starts both races he will equal his brother Todd Kelly on race starts at 546 – equal fifth on the all-time tally.
The team is looking forward to hitting the track in New Zealand and celebrating these significant milestones for Castrol and Rick Kelly.
The car will be revealed on track at Pukekohe Raceway this Thursday at 10:00am Auckland time with Rick Kelly on hand for media interviews and imagery.
Kelly Racing Team quotes
Rick Kelly, Castrol Racing #15
"The Auckland round is a significant one for both myself and Castrol, the major partner on my car and a great supporter of me throughout my career in Supercars, so it's great to be able to celebrate together with the New Zealand-inspired Castrol 100-year livery."
"The fans loved this livery in Townsville, so it's great to bring it back for New Zealand with a small tweak."
"It doesn't feel like 250 career event starts that's for sure, it feels like only yesterday that all of this started and I was one of the youngest guys in the field – now I'm one of the most experienced guys out there. When you're doing it there's very little time to look back on things because you're always looking forward to the next race so it'll be nice to celebrate the milestone but having said that it's business as usual and we'll be looking to have a good result for the team in New Zealand."