Nissan will announce later today that they will pull out of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship following the 2018 season, while Kelly Racing will continue running the Altimas without factory support.
Kelly Racing ran four Holden Commodores from 2009 to 2012, before they became a factory-backed four-car Nissan Supercars team starting in 2013.
Nissan came back to Supercars in 2013 and yielded two race wins – Winton 2013 and Darwin 2016 – while recording a few pole positions and podiums.
Supercars CEO declaring his desire to see the famous Nissan GT-R join Supercar fight, following the bombshell announcement that Ford were rejoining the sport with the US giant to unleash the Mustang.
“We don’t have an update [on Nissan] at this point, but if the question is would we all like to see Godzilla [GT-R] return? Yes, absolutely,” Seamer said last month.
“Do the Gen2 guidelines allow for that? Yes, Absolutely. But that’s ultimately a decision that Nissan will make over the coming weeks and months.”
However, it believed that the Japanese manufacturer will pull out of the sport at the end of this year, leaving four Altimas in the Supercars Championship and three Altimas in the Dunlop Super2 Series without funding from Nissan.
The announcement is set to happen this afternoon.
In the six years in the sport a selection of drivers have raced an Altima in Supercars or Super2 including; Rick Kelly, Todd Kelly, Michael Caruso, James Moffat, David Russell, Karl Reindler, Daniel Gaunt, Taz Douglas, Alex Buncombe, Dean Fiore, Dale Wood, Matt Campbell, Russell Ingall, Simona de Silvestro, Renee Gracie, Jack Le Brocq, Bryce Fullwood, Shae Davies, David Wall, Garry Jacobson, Alex Rullo, and Aaren Russell.
Photo // Daniel Kalisz