Nissan Australia has confirmed that the 2018 Supercars Championship will be its last.
Joining V8 Supercars with Kelly Racing – and called Nissan Motorsport – at the start of 2013, the current contract with the team finishes at the end of 2018.
During its time in the series, Nissan says it has enjoyed a strong relationship with Kelly Racing – in particular with team principals Todd and Rick Kelly – and invested considerably to the motorsport program both on and off the track.
“Nissan has decided to exit the Supercars Championship in order to concentrate on the interests and needs of our current and future customers,” said Stephen Lester, Nissan Australia’s managing director.
“We have obviously been talking to the Kellys for some time and making the announcement now suits both parties.
“I’d like to thank Todd and Rick Kelly, Michael Caruso, Simona de Silvestro and everyone at Nissan Motorsport for all of their hard work in the time that Nissan Australia has been involved in Supercars.
“I’d also like to thank Nissan Motorsport fans, we truly appreciate your support and will continue to work hard to achieve the best possible results over the course of the season.”
In a separate statement, Todd Kelly confirmed that his team would run the current Nissan Altima for the 2019 Supercars season.
“It’s business as usual for us in 2019 as we continue to race the Altima next year,” he said. “We’re extremely proud of the work we’ve achieved in designing the Altima race car and a road car-based engine for competition in this category.
“This announcement won’t slow our development as we continue to push further up the grid.
“We are very grateful to Nissan for the opportunity and support over the years.”