INGALL CONTINUES CHAMPIONSHIP CHARGE Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall has indicated that winning this year's V8 Supercar Championship Series would be the most satisfying achievement of his long and successful motor sport career. On the eve of...
INGALL CONTINUES CHAMPIONSHIP CHARGE
Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall has indicated that winning this year's V8 Supercar Championship Series would be the most satisfying achievement of his long and successful motor sport career.
On the eve of this year's fourth round at Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney, Ingall has stated the tightness of the championship is again proving that the competition is the toughest touring car championship in the world.
Ingall, who has raced all over the globe during his successful career, currently sits in second place in the championship just 11 points behind his Stone Brothers Racing team mate and back-to-back champion Marcos Ambrose.
However on adjusted points, where each driver drops his worst round, Ingall actually leads Ambrose by 25 points. Either way, Ingall has a sniff of his first V8 Supercar title after finishing second four times previously.
Ingall, 41, has applied a totally new approach to this year's series and his new direction, attitude, driving style and continued persistence has resulted in his best start to the championship ever.
"I think to win this championship now would mean more than it did even five years ago," said Ingall, a two-time Bathurst winner.
"The championship is just so tough and really has positioned itself as the most competitive touring car championship in the world. It would certainly be the most satisfying achievement of my career if I could go on and win the title this year.
"It was not that long ago that winning the Bathurst 1000 was all that counted, but that has changed so much with the success of the overall championship.
"We have managed to get off to a solid start this season and that is something that I have not managed to do for a long time.
"It would be great to continue that form at Eastern Creek this weekend and maintain our spot towards the top of the championship table. There are plenty of people in the Caltex team and at SBR in general who are so focused on achieving our goals."
Each driver in the V8 Supercar championship will drop their worst round from the opening 10 events. The final three rounds of the season at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast, Tasmania's Symmons Plains and Victoria's Phillip Island will all count in the race to the title.
Ingall is coming off a great result in round three at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth where he finished second overall and won the final of three races after qualifying outside the top 10.
"The last round in WA was especially satisfying because the Barbagallo Raceway has not been that kind to me in the past," said Ingall.
"We need to keep the momentum rolling along and a solid test at Queensland Raceway last week has really added that extra bit of enthusiasm.
"I knew at the start of the season that Marcos (Ambrose) would be the driver to beat if I was going to win my first championship and after three rounds that is proving to be the case, although there are a couple that are not too far behind us."
The V8 Supercars will have a two-hour opening practice session at Eastern Creek on Saturday morning before qualifying and the top 10 shootout. There will be two 36 lap races on Sunday each with a compulsory tyre stop.