Rick Kelly: New marques will reignite fan passion

Todd and Rick Kelly at the launch of the Nissan Altima today

Todd and Rick Kelly at the launch of the Nissan Altima today

Rick Kelly says that the introduction of the two new manufacturers into V8 Supercars will reinvigorate the passion for supporting manufacturers in the sport.

After close to two decades of Ford/Holden duopoly, Nissan and Mercedes Benz AMG will rock the establishment next year, competing in their Altima and E-Series cars respectively.

At the launch of the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar today, the former V8 Supercars champion say that the landscape for the fans will change – if it already hasn’t.

“(Nissan’s return) is re-energising the rivalry back into V8 Supercars,” Kelly said.

“I think the rivalry between Ford and Holden has dropped off a bit over the past few years.

“I remember the days when you get to the race track, having done nothing wrong, and you’d get abused by a Ford fan. He’s passionate, he goes for Ford, we’re Holden at that point. I think this is going to bring it back into the sport.”

Kelly expects opening event of the championship next year to be an eye-opening experience, even for the diehard fans.

“They’ll be people on our bandwagon, and then there’s the people who’ll go for Ford, Holden, and not so much us,” he said.

“But that’s something that excites us. That’s what makes the sport so great – the rivalry and the passion – and I think Clipsal is really going to show that. It’s going to be huge.”

See below for Speedcafe.com’s news video with Rick Kelly from today’s launch.

See below for Speedcafe.com’s coverage of today’s launch

CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s news story on the Altima’s launch

CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s gallery from the launch

CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s video interview with Kelly Racing co-owner Todd Kelly

CLICK HERE for more with Todd Kelly on the first car’s $1.5 million price tag

CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s video interview with Nissan managing director and CEO Bill Peffer Jr

CLICK HERE for the latest on the track debut of the Nissan Altima

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