Kelly Racing has taken the covers off a special fan voted colour scheme that will adorn the Rick Kelly/Dale Wood Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 entry.
Fans were asked to determine the classic Castrol livery used on the #15 Nissan Altima at Mount Panorama by taking part in a series of social media votes via the team’s Facebook page.
Eight liveries were initially put up for vote with Russell Ingall’s 2000 ‘Silver Bullet’ livery winning out with 70 percent of the final online vote, that saw it go up against the iconic Perkins Engineering design, which won The Great Race in 1993, 1995, and 1997.
The recreation of the ‘Silver Bullet’ was unveiled by Kelly and Ingall in front of fans on top of Mount Panorama alongside the Perkins Engineering VT Commodore that carried the livery originally.
“The fans have done a great job in picking a livery that looks great but is also pretty retro and judging by the response from the fans on the mountain our paint and graphics departments have done a pretty good job of adapting the Silver Bullet to the Nissan Altima,” said Kelly.
“For me this weekend is all about having fun and enjoying what is the biggest weekend in our sport and to kick it off by revealing this livery at the top of Mount Panorama with all of the fans here is really cool.
“Over the years I’ve had a fair bit of success here at the mountain and Castrol was supporting me back then so to have their continued support now and be able to do cool initiatives like this and involve the fans is great for our partnership.
“Myself and Dale are now really looking forward to hitting the track on Thursday.
“This event is always a big challenge both physically and mentally for the drivers but at the same time it’s such a special place to drive around so any time you can do laps here is a good experience.”
Ingall was pleased to see one of his famous liveries re-imagined for this year’s Great Race.
“The Silver Bullet in its day was definitely a crowd favourite and glad to see it still is now,” said Ingall.
“My time at Castrol Perkins Racing was a pretty special part of my career so to see those colours here today and racing around the Mountain is going to bring back some great memories.
“I have to thank the fans for picking this Castrol livery and hopefully will see it cross the line on the podium.”
The car will hit the track for the first time on Thursday with opening practice scheduled for 0955 AEDT.