TOP RESULT SLIPS FROM INGALL'S GRASP IN TASMANIA
Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall had some mixed results in round 13 of the 2008 V8 Supercar Championship at Tasmania's Symmons Plains Raceway on the weekend.
After qualifying in 14th position, Ingall and the Supercheap Auto Racing team 'rolled the dice' with their tyre strategy during the changing weather conditions in the opening 50-lap race.
As a result of the strategy, Ingall led the race in the #39 Supercheap Auto Commodore for a lengthy period as he tested the limits of adhesion by using Dunlop slick tyres in slippery conditions while all but one of his competitors pitted to have a set of Dunlop wet weather tyres fitted. Unfortunately though, the rain didn't clear as hoped and the surface remained wet and slippery which dropped Ingall to 13th position at the finish.
"We rolled the dice in race one and it was all looking good for a while but the track didn't dry out as quick as what we would have liked which meant we dropped a number of spots," said Ingall.
"I had some good pace but with the track being damp it was very tough when I was battling with anyone because I had very little grip off the line."
Determined to fight his way back up the order Ingall made some inroads during the early running of race two only to have a bent panel cause a puncture to his front left tyre sending him into a spin mid-way through the race. After pitting for repairs Ingall eventually crossed the line in 26th position.
In the final race Ingall again showed good speed in the #39 Supercheap Auto Commodore to climb his way from the rear of the field to be placed 16th at the chequered flag.
"Once again we had some good speed but after rolling the dice in the opening race we ended up back in the middle of the pack where you are more vulnerable to being involved in other people's accidents," said Ingall.
"After the race two incident our main aim was to minimise the damage to our points standings and make sure we stayed on track to cement ourselves inside the top ten in the championship."
Jamie Whincup won two of the weekend's three races to secure his fourth successive round victory ahead Todd Kelly and Craig Lowndes. Ingall was classified 16th.
Whincup now holds a commanding 233-point lead in the championship over Mark Winterbottom. Ingall is in tenth spot.
Ingall's focus now turns towards the final round of the championship to be held at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway in two weeks time (December 4-7).