Will join Rick Kelly for endurance races
For the fourth straight year, David Russell will join Jack Daniel’s Racing in the V8 Supercars endurance races, sharing driving duties with Rick Kelly aboard his Nissan Altima.
The combination is a reunion of sorts for Russell and Kelly, who were paired together in the 2012 long distance races, with the duo keen to improve on their best race result of 12th from that year’s Sandown 500.
Since his Bathurst 1000 debut in 2003, Russell has enjoyed a strong career in a variety of categories, including the V8 Supercars Development Series, Porsche Carrera Cup and GT racing.
The remaining Nissan Motorsport endurance co-driver position alongside Todd Kelly will be announced in the coming weeks.
This year’s Pirtek Endurance Cup commences with the Wilson Security Sandown 500 on 12-14 September, followed by the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on 9-12 October, with the three events completed by the Gold Coast 600 on 24-26 October.
“David has been a part of Kelly Racing and Nissan Motorsport for many years now, so it’s a great opportunity for him to join us again this year,” said Rick Kelly.
“He did a fantastic job for Todd last year, with myself the year before and Todd the year before that.
“That consistency with us is definitely a great thing, he fits in the car very well and his performance as a co-driver is right up there at the top level.
“So for us, it’s quite exciting to head to the endurance events with that confidence.”
“It’s fantastic to be joining the Jack Daniel’s side of the garage again, it’s four years in row now, so I guess I must be doing something right,” said David Russell.
“I’m very happy to be joining Rick again for this year’s endurances races.
“Obviously I’ve been paired with Rick before, and also with Todd before. It’s great to be back in with Nissan Motorsport and Jack Daniel’s and I can’t wait for the season of endurance to start.”