Kelly anounces full-time Supercars retirement

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Kelly anounces full-time Supercars retirement
Andrew van Leeuwen
By: Andrew van Leeuwen
Nov 20, 2017, 9:47 PM

Supercars veteran Todd Kelly has confirmed he will step down from full-time driving at the end of the current season.

Todd Kelly, Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly, Nissan Motorsport
 Todd Kelly, Nissan Motorsport
 Todd Kelly, Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly, Nissan Motorsports

The former Holden Racing Team star and 2005 Bathurst 1000 winner will bring his 20-year professional career as a full-timer following next weekend’s Newcastle 500.

He’ll likely continue as an enduro co-driver, and further focus on his role as the part owner of the Nissan Motorsport outfit.

According to Kelly, a persistent knee injury is a considerable factor in his decision.

“I’ve had knee surgery twice this year, and it’s been a decent battle,” said Kelly.

“Although, there have been positives for having a dodgy knee. I had gone 20 years without perfecting left-foot braking, and at SMP this year I had to left-foot brake all weekend. By the end of the weekend, I’d gotten pretty good at it.

“But in such a competitive sport that’s not something you want to develop during an event.

“To have a 20-year career doing something you love is pretty special.

“It’s been a long, solid and clean career of being a professional driver. And even though I would probably change a few things if I had my time again, there’s not anything I regret over that period.”

Kelly’s retirement means Nissan will have a full-time seat to fill for next season, alongside Rick Kelly, Michael Caruso, and Simona de Silvestro.

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