Todd Kelly’s retirement call was made easy when they signed a young up and coming driver to race the #7 Nissan Altima Supercars in future seasons.
Kelly who announced two days ago that he will retire for full-time Supercars competition after this weekend’s Newcastle 500, leaving the door open for a possible co-driver role.
Even though Kelly’s replacement hasn’t been named, but speaking to Speedcafe.com, Kelly said that the caliber of driver that Kelly Racing signed for next year excites him.
“You can’t keep going through that so I thought kind of mid-year, ‘Something’s going to have to give here.” Kelly said.
“Then we started working on solutions and got to the point where I was comfortable with the outcome as far as another driver and that’s where I could draw a line in the sand and go ‘Right, I’m able to jump out’.”
“There are two parts; there’s one me knowing I can’t keep doing it at the level I want, but two there’s me being content that who hops in my car is going to do as good or better job and has got the potential to be the right driver for the team.”
“I wouldn’t want to have hopped out and just thrown anyone in there to get me out of it; I would have dug deep and tried to go again if I didn’t think we could get a good solution.”
“It was only recently we got to that point in the last few weeks and that was when it sunk in, ‘Right, this is happening after 20 years, I’m jumping out of the car’.”
It is expected that Nissan development and reserve driver Jack Le Brocq will get named in the coming weeks, who is currently 3rd in the Super2 championship in the MWM-prepared Nissan.
Le Brocq also Kelly’s co-driver this year, finishing 16th, 7th, DNF and 12th in the four races in the Pirtek Endurance Cup leaving the Carsales entry 16th in the Enduro Cup standings.
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