Kelly Racing and Castrol have a long and proud history of Supercars success - a partnership that continues today with the re-birth of Kelly Racing in 2019. With memorable Bathurst 1000 wins in the Castrol Commodores of Larry Perkins and Russell Ingall in 1995 and ‘97 (Perkins Engineering), through to a breakthrough win at Winton in 2018, Castrol has continued to play a major role in the research and development of the team and its lubricants.
“Castrol’s commitment to innovation gives us the confidence that we can perform at the top of Australian Motorsport. As a team we’ve seen that over the last 10 years.”.Rick Kelly, #15 Castrol Racing Altima
Rick Kelly is behind the wheel of the Castrol Racing #15 Nissan Altima, a highly capable driver with a keen business sense, co-owning the Kelly Racing team with brother, Todd.
The Kellys have run a four-car team since 2009, the team was founded out of legendary Castrol-backed Perkins Engineering and staff from the former outfit are still with Kelly Racing today.
Kelly is a highly acclaimed driver with multiple Bathurst wins and the 2006 Supercars Championship title under his belt.
The team attracted interest factory backing from Nissan and chose to adapt the Nissan Altima model for Supercars racing under the new Supercars regulations in 2013.
In 2018, Kelly was able to provide a breakthrough win in Castrol Racing colours, his first for the Altima.
Kelly’s road to Supercars was at lightning speed, winning the Formula Holden Australian Drivers’ Championship in 2001 before being catapulted into the main-game.
He then went on to partner with legendary New Zealand driver (now Supercars pundit), Greg Murphy in the 2002 Bathurst 1000, taking an incredible and memorable win using Castrol oil. The pair backed it up again the following year, also using Castrol oil!
Kelly will steer the #15 Castrol Racing Nissan Altima in 2019.
SIMONA DE DILVESTRO
Nicknamed, ‘The Iron Maiden’, Simona De Silvestro is a formidable international talent that has her sights on Supercars glory.
De Silvestro came to Kelly Racing as a former IndyCar star and F1 reserve driver.
The 2017 season was the first time since the Castrol Cougars in 1998 that there was a full-time female driver on the Supercars grid.
The Swiss-born racer was named Rookie of the Year in the Indianapolis 500 in 2010 and recorded a podium finish in IndyCar during her 2013 campaign.
She made her international racing debut in 2006 in Formula BMW USA. De Silvestro also became the second ever female to win in the Atlantic Championship in 2008 and came astonishingly close to winning the same Championship the following year.
After making her IndyCar debut in 2010, she spent three seasons stringing together solid results before being picked up by the Sauber F1 Team in 2014.
She was able to get behind the wheel of the Sauber F1 car in April of the year, clocking up 112 laps in testing.
De Silvestro’s 2015 was filled to the brim with a return to IndyCar with Andretti Autosport, her Formula E debut with the same team and her Bathurst 1000 berth with Tickford Racing in a wildcard appearance.
In 2016, she became the first female driver to score points in Formula E, as well as making her return to the mountain, this time with Castrol-backed Kelly Racing.
The following year she had her full time Supercars season debut. She scored her best ever finish in the series in 2018, a 10th in the Newcastle finale.
De Silvestro will drive the #78 Castrol EDGE-oiled Kelly Racing Nissan Altima in 2019.
Heimgartner is a recognised rising star from New Zealand that has found a nurturing home with Kelly Racing.
The Kiwi became the youngest ever driver in the world to win a Formula Ford championship after taking out the NZ title in 2010/2011. He backed it up the following season, rocketing himself to the top of ‘talent’s to watch’ lists.
Heimgartner made his tin-top debut in 2012 in the NZ SuperTourers series, finishing that season tenth overall.
The year also saw Heimgartner perform double duties as he contested the Porsche Carrera Cup in Australia, standing his ground against seasoned competitors and recorded a championship position of seventh for the year.
Heimgartner was then able to jump into Super2 for 2013 and 2014, and made a wildcard appearance at the Bathurst 1000 with the Super Black Racing entry.
The following year, the Kiwi was selected as a full time driver for the Super Black Racing team.
While qualifying third at Queensland Raceway topped his debut full-time drive, Heimgartner made the switch to Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in 2016.
The quick Kiwi was relegated to a co-driver for 2017, earning his maiden podium on the Gold Coast before scoring a full-time drive with Kelly Racing for 2018, where he was stayed since.
Heimgartner will pilot the #7 Castrol EDGE-oiled Kelly Racing Nissan Altima in 2019.
Garry Jacobson is a promising Victorian rising through the ranks of Supercars. Jacobson joined Kelly Racing in 2019, after pairing with Rick Kelly for the Enduro Cup the previous year.
Jacobson debuted in the Super2 Series in 2013 after finishing third in the hotly contested Australian Formula Ford Championship.
Jacobson joined Tickford Racing for his development series campaign in 2016, scoring them a dominant championship during his first year with the team.
In 2018, Jacobson was in championship contention with a three-way fight for the title, eventually claiming third place.
Pairing with Kelly for his 2018 Bathurst 1000 campaign in a Castrol heritage livery inspired by Larry Perkins Bathurst triumphs, the pair finished in 11th. While not being a top-ten berth, it was a cosmic coincidence as that was the number Perkins’ carried and that adorned the car specially for the weekend.
Jacobson will make his full-time Supercars debut in the #3 Castrol EDGE-oiled Kelly Racing Altima in 2019.