Bathurst 1000: David Russell race report

DAVID RUSSELL SCORES BATHURST TRIFECTA IN FUJITSU SERIES RACES & GAINS TOP 20 FINISH IN BATHURST 1000 WITH JONATHON WEBB October 10, 2010 - Team Jayco BF Falcon V8 Supercar driver David Russell gained his best results of the 2010 season at ...


October 10, 2010 - Team Jayco BF Falcon V8 Supercar driver David Russell gained his best results of the 2010 season at Australia's greatest motor racing event, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Competing in both the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series races in his Team Jayco BF Falcon and in the main series Bathurst 1000 enduro with Dick Johnson Racing over the weekend, Russell was in superb form, clean sweeping the trifecta of Pole position and taking double Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series race victories in the most successful event of his career to date.

The Bathurst weekend did not start well for the 28 year old racing driver, with a major accident causing significant damage to his Team Jayco Falcon during opening practice on Thursday. An outstanding effort by his Matthew White Motorsport team with assistance from the NSW Tafe crash repair crew saw Russell back on track in time for the second practice session that afternoon. On Friday morning Russell topped the qualifying time sheets, being the first driver to take a Fujitsu Series Pole position from Championship leader Steve Owen this season.

Russell's remarkable pace continued in Friday afternoon's first Fujitsu Series race, where he raced from Pole position to a determined victory, despite the interruption of two safety car caution periods and race re-starts over the 12 lap race distance. Russell finished 1.5 seconds ahead of Owen with Paul Morris 3rd.

Saturday's second Fujitsu Series race saw Russell get off to a bad start, losing two positions to rivals Owen and Morris by turn one. After setting some of the fastest laps of the race in his pursuit of the leaders, Russell was gifted a position when Owen ran off the circuit at the end of the start/finish straight due to brake problems. He then hunted down Morris and forced his way past with an inside overtaking move at turn one to take the race lead on the 6th lap. From then on Russell broke away from the field, finishing the uninterrupted 14 lap sprint race 5 seconds ahead of rivals James Moffat and Nick Percat. Russell's clean sweep of qualifying and the two races promoted him to third in the Championship with two rounds remaining to complete the season.

In the main V8 Supercar Series Bathurst 1000, Russell paired with Jonathon Webb in the Mother Energy Drink DJR FG Falcon seeking to better their impressive 6th place finish at the L&H 500 at Phillip Island three weeks before. Starting the race from 17th on the grid, Webb handed the reigns to Russell for a triple length driving stint on lap 28 in 19th position. He raced the Mother Energy Falcon as high as 13th before handing a perfectly straight car back to Webb by lap 80 of the 161 lap race. The duo maintained a strong pace throughout the incredibly fast paced race which saw just four safety car caution periods over more than six hours of racing. Russell completed a final stint before Webb crossed the finish line at 19th, out of the 26 finishers.

According to David Russell, "It has been a great experience to compete in the Bathurst 1000 with DJR. I have learned so much this weekend and to work with such highly experienced people made it a valuable experience. Webby is a great driving partner and we worked very well together. As everyone had said to me, it is all about being in the right position for the final 30 lap sprint race to the end and that is exactly what happened. I am pleased with the job I did over the practice sessions and in the race and the fact that we ended the race with a straight car after 161 laps."

"To have scored the triple of the Fujitsu Series Pole and both race wins at Bathurst was just fantastic. The weekend was without a doubt the biggest highlight of my career and major thanks go to the Matthew White and the team for giving me such a great car, particularly after the Thursday accident. I'd also like to thank our sponsors Jayco, Hydraulik, Pulford and all who were a part of this successful weekend. Bring on Sandown and Homebush!" He added.

While Russell's successful Bathurst weekend may have surprised some in pit lane, the Queensland based driver has been no stranger to success at Mount Panorama. Russell has gained several Production Car class victories at the legendary circuit from 2001 to 2007. His Fujitsu Series Pole position at Bathurst this weekend was not his first, as he had gained the Porsche Carrera Cup Pole position there in 2006. Russell made his V8 Supercar debut at Bathurst in 2003 as co-driver with Jose Fernandes in the Fujitsu Racing AU Falcon.


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Series Supercars
Drivers Paul Morris , Steve Owen , Matthew White , Jonathon Webb , Dick Johnson , James Moffat , Nick Percat , David Russell