Shanghai: Caltex Racing preview

INGALL SAYS PREPARATION IS THE KEY TO CHINA Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall says that winning the fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Shanghai this weekend will come down to one thing -- preparation! The two-time Bathurst ...

INGALL SAYS PREPARATION IS THE KEY TO CHINA

Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall says that winning the fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Shanghai this weekend will come down to one thing -- preparation!

The two-time Bathurst winner says that having a quick race at the world's newest motorsport "Mecca" will come down to who has done the best homework -- on and off the track.

Ingall currently sits second in the championship to his Stone Brothers Racing teammate Marcos Ambrose, but still actually leads him by one point on the season's adjusted tally.

This year drivers will drop their worst overall result from the opening 10 rounds and the final three events at Indy on the Gold Coast, Tasmania and Phillip Island will all count in the race to the title.

Ingall knows that if he is to score his maiden championship this season, then a strong result in China is vital.

"Over the years I have been in this situation a few times where the series I am participating in has gone to a totally new venue," said Ingall.

"There are just so many variables involved and whoever deals with them best will have the best chance to winning the weekend.

"The logistics of putting this first race together have been incredible. The language barrier, different food and traffic conditions are three of the main factors we are going to have to deal with on a daily basis -- and it won't be easy.

"If there is one thing SBR is good at, it is being prepared and I think that's why we head to China with a very good chance."

Ingall, who is chasing his first V8 Supercar title after having been runner-up on four occasions, has been amazed in recent weeks by the amount of people who have indicated that they are heading to Shanghai for the race.

"A lot of companies are taking corporate groups, many fans have joined organised tours while other have made their own arrangements," said Ingall.

"I have not been to the circuit yet, but from the images I have seen and the stories I have been told, it is mind blowing.

"They tell me that we won't be running the full F1 circuit, but our course will still be around 4km long and the average speeds are going to be right up there.

"To win the first ever V8 Supercar race in China would be a pretty cool thing to achieved. I will be giving it a bloody good try."

-cr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Russell Ingall , Phillip Island