Bathurst: Russell Ingall race report

INGALL LAMENTS WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN AT BATHURST Supercheap Auto Racing driver Russell Ingall is lamenting what could have been after a trying day at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at the Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales ...

INGALL LAMENTS WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN AT BATHURST

Supercheap Auto Racing driver Russell Ingall is lamenting what could have been after a trying day at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at the Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales today.

Ingall started from eighth place this morning after a strong performance in Saturday's top 10 shootout and ran a solid first stint before handing the #39 Supercheap Auto Holden Commodore to team-mate Paul Morris.

Mid-race the pair were set for a strong showing, displaying good car pace and running in the top five. But luck soon went against the pair, with a power steering hose failing.

The car was brought into the team garage and the hose was repaired, but with the time lost in pitlane Ingall and Morris were five laps down and out of podium contention.

Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes won their third-straight Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 today ahead of Jason Richards and Greg Murphy and the pairing of James Courtney and David Besnard.

Ingall will compete his home round in two weeks time when he hits the streets of Surfers Paradise for the Nikon Indy 300, where he will look to repeat his 2007 podium performance in The Coffee Club V8 Challenge races on both Saturday and Sunday.

WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ...

Russell Ingall - #39 Supercheap Auto Holden Commodore

"It was certainly one of those days where a good result got away," said Ingall.

"We had a podium finish on track and were set to achieve our goal but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be.

"Over the last 10 months this team has come a very long way and we are now a serious contender near the front of the field every time we hit the track.

"The Supercheap Commodore was competitive all weekend but unfortunately we just didn't quite have things go our way on the day that matters.

"I enjoyed getting on the podium on the Gold Coast last year, so I'm certainly very keen to repeat that in two weeks time."

-credit: russellingall.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , David Besnard , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , Craig Lowndes , Paul Morris , Jason Richards , Jamie Whincup