INGALL CONFIDENT AS HE HEADS TO BAHRAIN When Russell Ingall joined the Supercheap Auto Racing outfit at the start of 2008 he did so with three goals -- to finish a round on the podium; to return to serious top five contention; and to win a...
INGALL CONFIDENT AS HE HEADS TO BAHRAIN
When Russell Ingall joined the Supercheap Auto Racing outfit at the start of 2008 he did so with three goals -- to finish a round on the podium; to return to serious top five contention; and to win a round of the V8 Supercar Championship.
As the 2005 Series Champion heads to round 12 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Bahrain this weekend, he has already achieved two of those three goals after finishing on the podium at Queensland Raceway in July and consistently racing inside the top five over the second half of the season. With these boxes now ticked, Ingall's focus will move to his third and final goal.
Ingall firmly believes that the significant steps forward made by the Supercheap Auto Racing team, combined with the fact that both he and team-mate Paul Morris qualified inside the top ten in Bahrain last year, sees a round win potentially just around the corner -- maybe even this weekend.
With three rounds remaining in the 2008 championship, Jamie Whincup leads the way on 2616 points ahead of Mark Winterbottom. Ingall is on track to record his 11th finish inside the top ten in his 12-year career - currently placed in tenth spot and a mere three points behind ninth placed Steve Johnson.
The Gulf Air Desert 400 will be contested over three 32-lap races. The weekend will begin with practice at 12.20pm local time (7.20pm AEDT) on Thursday, followed by qualifying and race one on Friday and a pair of races on the Saturday.
WHAT HE HAS TO SAY...
Russell Ingall -- Driver of the #39 Supercheap Auto Commodore
"Even though our Championship is very much Australian it is always good to experience a different culture on the other side of the world," said Ingall.
"While this round may be very different to any others in the championship, it is good to be able to race at such a high-class facility and no matter where I'm racing I'm out there to chase the victory.
"At the start of the year I set myself three goals, and have already achieved two of these, it is only the round win that is still there to be achieved.
"All year we've continually made inroads towards the front of the field and I seriously believe that if we can get on top of things early in the weekend we will be able to fight for the win in Bahrain."
V8 SUPERCARS ON TV
*All programs are shown on Channel 7
Friday 7 November
10:30pm -- 1:00am (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)
Saturday 8 November
10:30pm -- 1:30am (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)
Sunday 9 November
2:00pm -- 5:00pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)
*Times subject to change. Check local guides
ABOUT THE TRACK
Constructed in 2004 the Bahrain International Circuit is the "Home of Motorsport in the Middle East." It is the most technologically advanced racing circuit in the world and the only circuit to host a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship or V8 Supercar Championship Series in the Middle East. The V8 Supercar Championship contested its first round at the venue in 2006.
Circuit length: 3.82km
Circuit direction: Clockwise
Average speed: 164 km/h
Maximum speed: 270 km/h
Current Qualifying Lap Record: Garth Tander, Holden Commodore VZ, 1m24.1060s
Current Race Lap Record: Jason Bright, Ford Falcon BA, 1m24.9102s, 2006