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.
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
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.