TOP FIVE FOR INGALL AT THE GRAND PRIX Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall has recorded a top five finish in the Sprint Gas V8 Supercar Manufacturer's Challenge at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne over the weekend. Ingall...
TOP FIVE FOR INGALL AT THE GRAND PRIX
Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall has recorded a top five finish in the Sprint Gas V8 Supercar Manufacturer's Challenge at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne over the weekend.
Ingall and the Supercheap Auto Racing outfit went into the non-championship event with the aim of gaining valuable data to assist with their campaign in 2008 championship.
After setting the tenth fastest time during qualifying Ingall started the opening race from the sixth row on the grid due to the Ford versus Holden format.
The 2005 series champion was running strongly inside the top ten until he was shuffled back on a late race restart after contact with Ford driver Jamie Whincup. He crossed the line 14th.
At the start of the 15-lap race two Ingall stormed past four cars before turn one and then made a further three spots by the end of the first lap, finally finishing ninth.
Ingall continued his run of good starts in today's final race moving up a number of positions during the opening lap. Throughout the race he was engaged in a close battle with Mark Skaife and Steve Richards for a spot inside the top five.
As the race continued Ingall pulled clear of Richards to claim fifth place for both the final race and the event.
Garth Tander won all three races across the weekend ahead of last round winner Will Davison.
The battle for the 2008 V8 Supercar Championship resumes with round three to be in Hamilton, New Zealand on April 18-20.
Ingall's race engineer, James Small, completed double duties over the weekend. Along with calling the shots for Ingall he was also competing in the Supercheap Auto Aussie Race Car with much success. In his first competitive drive for a number of years, and first ever in the category, Small claimed two victories from the four races contested.
WHAT THE TEAM HAD TO SAY...... Russell Ingall -- Driver #39 Supercheap Auto Commodore "We came away from the weekend with a straight car and a bit more of a handle on the set up of the car, which is exactly what we set out to achieve," said Ingall.
"The weekend gave us a good opportunity to prepare for an upcoming test day and rounds in the championship. It is encouraging to know we are not too far off the pace and we believe there is still more to come.
"Unfortunately, the race format leaves a little bit to be desired. Personally, I believe our sport is beyond 'artificial' griding and needs to looked at."