Nissan Motorsport has announced that it will part ways with Dale Wood at the end of the current Supercars Championship season.

The 33-year-old joined Nissan Motorsport at the beginning of the 2016 season, reuniting with team owner/driver pairing Todd and Rick Kelly for whom he raced when the family-owned squad ran customer Holden Commodores in 2009.

His performances weren’t enough to earn him a full-time drive in 2010 and beyond, and he deputised as a Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver with them in 2010 and then for two further seasons with the now-defunct Tony D’Alberto Racing outfit in 2011-12 and Dick Johnson Racing in 2013.

Back in the main game full-time driving Brad Jones Racing’s third Holden Commodore in 2014 and – aside from a sole podium finish at Winton – he failed to impress over two seasons with the Victorian outfit.

The lack of results aside, his backing from long-time sponsors ADVAM and GB Galvanising proved enough of an attraction to get him into Nissan Motorsport’s fourth Altima for the 2016 season.

Rarely able to run at the pace of the Kelly brothers or Michael Caruso, his nmot unexpected departure paves the way for Nissan Motorsport to announce that it will appoint Swiss import Simona de Silvestro to become the Supercars Championship’s first full-time female driver. Her appointment is expected to be announced today.

“It has been a pleasure having Dale as part of our Team this season,” said team co-owner Rick Kelly.

“Dale has been a great contributor to our progress throughout the season and has been an ever-present positive personality within the team. Todd and I, as well as the entire Team, are very thankful for his efforts and we wish him all the best for the future.”

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