Nathan Pretty (born 7 July 1973) is an Australian racecar driver.

Career

He first rose to prominence racing AUSCAR Superspeedway sedans (a Holden Commodore), becoming rookie of the year in his initial season in 1994. His family based race team built a V8 Supercar Commodore in 1998 racing with his sister Nicole at the 1998 FAI 1000. After racing as a privateer Pretty increasing gained more prestigious drives with other V8 Supercar teams and was a favourite of the factory supported teams, Holden Racing Team and K-mart Racing Team.[1]

Pretty was part of the Garry Rogers Motorsport team that won the 2002 Bathurst 24 Hour driving alongside regular GRM driver Garth Tander, Steven Richards and Cameron McConville driving the controversial #427, 7.0 litre Holden Monaro 427C.[2] Out of that win Pretty gained a full-time drive in 2003 in the 24 Hour winning Monaro in the Australian Nations Cup Championship. Pretty finished 3rd in the 2003 Australian Nations Cup Championship which included round wins at Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania and a surprise win at the tight Winton Motor Raceway in rural Victoria.[3] In the 2003 championship he was joined as a team mate by legendary racer Peter Brock who was making a full-time comeback to racing after having initially retired at the end of 1997. Following the championship, Pretty and his 2002 co-drivers went on to finish 2nd in the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour race, finishing less than a second behind their team mates Brock, Greg Murphy, Jason Bright and Todd Kelly in the second team Monaro.[4]

Brock formed his own team to run Monaro's for himself and his son James in the 2004 Australian Nations Cup Championship while Pretty remained with Garry Rogers, running the original Bathurst 24 Hour Monaro. Pretty would finish the 2004 championship as runner up to the V12 Lamborghini Diablo GTR of defending series champion Paul Stokell. Along the way Pretty would set the class lap record at the Sandown Raceway. This would be the final year of the Nations Cup Championship as series owner Ross Palmer would be forced to close Procar Australia. This also forced the cancellation of the Bathurst 24 Hour race.[5]

After spending 2005 largely on the sidelines, Pretty raced for Robert Smith's team in the 2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series. Kelly spent three years at Perkins Engineering racing at Bathurst and racing the teams Commodore station wagon at the Bathurst 12 Hour. Pretty returned to full-time racing in 2011 in the V8 Utes series where he has been instantly competitive. In 2015, he raced in the Stadium Super Trucks at the Adelaide 500.[6]

Pretty occasionally goes by the non-de-plume of Randy Corners where he parodies motor racing culture and racing drivers.

Career results

Results sourced from Driver Database.[7]

Season Series Position Car Team
1997/98 AUSCAR NA Holden VR Commodore Pretty Motorsport
1999 Hot Wheels V8 Supercar Showdown 22nd Holden VR Commodore Pretty Motorsport
1999 V8 Supercars 59th Holden VS Commodore Pretty Motorsport
2000 V8 Supercars 29th Holden VT Commodore Holden Racing Team
2001 V8 Brute Muster 16th Holden SS Ute
2001 V8 Supercars 51st Holden VX Commodore K-mart Racing Team
2002 V8 Supercars 39th Holden VX Commodore Holden Racing Team
2003 Australian Nations Cup Championship 3rd Holden Monaro 427C Garry Rogers Motorsport
2003 V8 Supercars 56th Holden VX Commodore
Holden VY Commodore
Garry Rogers Motorsport
2004 Australian Nations Cup Championship 2nd Holden Monaro 427C Garry Rogers Motorsport
2004 V8 Supercars 51st Holden VY Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2005 V8 Supercars 41st Holden VZ Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 5th Holden VY Commodore Smiths Trucks Racing
2006 V8 Supercars 40th Holden VZ Commodore Paul Weel Racing
2007 V8 Supercars 32nd Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team
2008 V8 Supercars 35th Holden VE Commodore Perkins Engineering
2009 V8 Supercars 49th Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2010 V8 Utes 37th Holden VE SS Ute Samboy Racing Team
2010 V8 Supercars 51st Holden VE Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
2011 V8 Supercars 55th Holden VE Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
2012 V8 Utes 3rd Holden VE SS Ute Monster Energy
2013 V8 Utes 2nd Holden VE SS Ute Milwaukee Racing
2014 V8 Utes 6th Holden VE SS Ute Murphy Motorsport
2015 Stadium Super Trucks 17th Stadium Super Truck
2015 V8 Utes 9th Holden VE SS Ute Murphy Automotive

Bathurst 1000

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
1998 Pretty Motorsport Holden VS Commodore Australia Nicole Pretty
Australia Grant Johnson
DNF 85
1999 Pretty Motorsport Holden VS Commodore New Zealand Andrew Fawcet 21st 134
2000 Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore Australia Todd Kelly 5th 161
2001 HSV Dealer Team Holden VX Commodore Australia Rick Kelly 14th 158
2002 Holden Young Lions Holden VX Commodore Australia Rick Kelly 4th 161
2003 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VX Commodore Denmark Allan Simonsen DNF 42
2004 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VY Commodore Denmark Allan Simonsen 10th 160
2005 Paul Weel Racing Holden VZ Commodore Australia Owen Kelly 6th 161
2006 Paul Weel Racing Holden VZ Commodore Australia Paul Weel 8th 161
2007 Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore Australia Glenn Seton 11th 161
2008 Perkins Engineering Holden VE Commodore Australia Jack Perkins 8th 161
2009 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore United Kingdom Ben Collins 20th 156
2010 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Australia Mark Noske 17th 161
2011 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Australia Warren Luff 15th 161

Bathurst 24 Hour

Nathan Pretty driving the #427 Holden Monaro 427C leading team mate Peter Brock early in the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour race
Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
pos.
2002 Australia Garry Rogers Motorsport Australia Garth Tander
New Zealand Steven Richards
Australia Cameron McConville
Holden Monaro 427C 1 532 1st 1st
2003 Australia Garry Rogers Motorsport Australia Garth Tander
New Zealand Steven Richards
Australia Cameron McConville
Holden Monaro 427C A 527 2nd 2nd

Stadium Super Trucks

(key) (Bold – Pole position. Italics – Fastest qualifier. * – Most laps led.)

Stadium Super Trucks results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 SSTC Pts Ref
2015 ADE
9
ADE
5
ADE
6
STP STP LBH DET DET DET AUS TOR TOR OCF OCF OCF SRF SRF SRF SRF SYD LVV LVV 17th 43 [8]

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