#7 CARSALES RACING NISSAN ALTIMA
Todd Kelly is one of the most capped V8 Supercars drivers in the championship, and after clocking up his 500th Supercars race start in Townsville last year, he is certainly one of the most experienced.
Kelly began his career in Formula Ford against Garth Tander and Marcos Ambrose and was one of the original four Holden Young Lions in 1997. He finished runner-up to now IndyCar star Scott Dixon in the Formula Holden title in 1998 he then made his V8 Supercars Championship debut in 1999 and initially ran a part-time program as a Young Lion before being elevated to the Kmart squad in 2001 full-time alongside Greg Murphy. He won his first round at a wet Sandown in 2001.
A move to the Holden Racing Team in 2003 to partner Mark Skaife came next for Todd and victories followed, including the Sandown 500 in 2003, and the Bathurst 1000 in 2005.
The elder of the Kelly brothers, Todd spent10 years associated with TWR/Walkinshaw Racing through his involvement in the Young Lions, Kmart and HRT squads before moving in 2008 to Larry Perkins’ Jack Daniel’ s Racing team.
Since setting up his own V8 Supercars team in 2009, Kelly hasn’ t figured in the championship hunt, but you can never underestimate the Victorian – there is still plenty of fight in him.
A front row qualifying position in Darwin was the highlight of his 2016 season.
DILAN TALABANI – ENGINEER
After two years with Prodrive Racing Australia, Dilan Talabani shifts to Nissan Motosport to engineer one of the most experienced drivers in the Supercars field in Todd Kelly. Talabani worked with Chris Pither last year at Super Black Racing, the pair earning ARMOR ALL Pole Position at Queensland Raceway.
A data engineer for Jack Perkins in 2014 and race engineer for 2015 Dunlop Series Champion Cameron Waters, Talibani also worked with Will Davison in 2013, who finished third in the championship standings that year. Prior to working for Prodrive, Talabani spent several seasons with Walkinshaw Racing and Triple Eight. Before his tenure in Supercars began, he engineered touring cars, sports cars and rally cars in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.