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INGALL IS AIMING HIGH IN HAMILTON Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall believes the 'blending' period with his new team is over and it's time to start aiming for the podium the inaugural street race in Hamilton, New Zealand this ...

INGALL IS AIMING HIGH IN HAMILTON

Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall believes the 'blending' period with his new team is over and it's time to start aiming for the podium the inaugural street race in Hamilton, New Zealand this weekend.

During his previous two starts (Eastern Creek and the non-championship event in Melbourne) Ingall has shown some impressive speed aboard the #39 Supercheap Auto Commodore to consistently run inside the top ten.

Ingall, who joined the Gold Coast-based Supercheap Auto Racing outfit at the start of the year, has spent the opening few rounds of the championship reacquainting himself with the Holden Commodore while racking up some solid results. However, the 2005 V8 Supercar Series champion says that it's time to 'step it up a notch' and aim for the podium.

"For me the first few rounds was about not taking too many risks and simply taking advantage of the opportunities which came my way while I settled into the team, however, things are set to change," said Ingall.

"From this round onwards it is time to push a bit harder and start to take some risks. For me it is all about getting results round by round rather than being conservative and aiming for a championship, it is time start shooting for the podium."

With the Hamilton street circuit being a new addition to the V8 schedule Ingall believes that all competitors will start off on an even playing field and Friday's practice will be vital to the outcome of the weekend.

"I'm really looking forward to going to a new track and it is definitely somewhere where everyone will start on a level playing field," said Ingall.

Practice begins on Friday afternoon followed by qualifying on Saturday morning followed by the opening 36-lap race in the afternoon. The round will be highlighted by a pair of 36-lap races around the 3.4km street circuit on Sunday.

Entering this weekend's third round of the 14-round series Jamie Whincup leads the championship on 540 points ahead of Rick Kelly (432), Lee Holdsworth (426) and Winterbottom on 382. Ingall is 14th in the standings on 255 points.

-credit: bammedia.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Russell Ingall , Rick Kelly , Jamie Whincup