Symmons Plains: Russell Ingall preview

INGALL SEEKING MORE TASSIE SUCCESS THIS WEEKEND Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall knows what it takes to succeed around Tasmania's Symmons Plains circuit and he is aiming to put this knowledge to good use in this weekend's round of the V8...

INGALL SEEKING MORE TASSIE SUCCESS THIS WEEKEND

Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall knows what it takes to succeed around Tasmania's Symmons Plains circuit and he is aiming to put this knowledge to good use in this weekend's round of the V8 Supercar Championship at the venue.

Fresh from achieving his second podium result of 2008 in Bahrain, Ingall has again got his eyes firmly fixed on the podium as he looks to cement himself further inside the top ten of the points standings.

"Since I joined the Supercheap Auto Racing team the start of the year we have all been pushing hard to become a serious top five contender and I genuinely believe we are now there," said Ingall, who won the corresponding round in Tasmania during 2004.

"When I finished on the podium at Queensland Raceway in July I felt as though it gave everyone in the team a real boost and now our second podium of the year has given everyone another huge lift.

"Symmons Plains is a track that I think where we will again be strong with a good braking package and engine power, two things we seem to have got a good handle on, being vital to a successful weekend.

"There are a few drivers out there chasing a championship, so they might be a little bit conservative as they've got a lot to lose, whereas I'm out there to finish on a high and chase a round win."

Entering this weekend's penultimate round of the 14-round championship Ingall is ninth in the points standings. Jamie Whincup is the championship leader ahead of Mark Winterbottom and Garth Tander.

Practice will begin tomorrow (Friday) afternoon followed by qualifying on Saturday morning and the opening 50-lap race in the afternoon. The round will be highlighted by a further two 50-lap encounters on Sunday.

AUSTRALIAN TV SCHEDULE
Seven Network -- Check Local Guides

Saturday 22 November
2:00pm -- 5:30pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)
Sunday 23 November
2:00pm -- 5:30pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)

ABOUT THE TRACK
Symmons Plains International Raceway opened in 1960 and after the closure of the Longford road circuit and quickly established its own reputation as Tasmania's home of touring car and championship motor racing. Over its 47-year history the venue has hosted rounds of every major Australian motor racing championship. It recently received a $3 million upgrade and now represents one the best motoring event facilities anywhere in Australia.


Circuit length: 2.4km
Circuit direction: Anti-clockwise
Average speed: 163 km/h
Maximum speed: 260 km/h
Current Qualifying Lap Record: Garth Tander, Holden Commodore VZ, 51.5657s, 2007
Current Race Lap Record: Steve Richards, Holden Commodore VZ, 52.0170s, 2005

-credit: russellingall.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Russell Ingall , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards