Philip Island: Russell Ingall preview

INGALL IS READY FOR THE SEASON OF ENDURANCE As the one of the most experienced drivers in the V8 Supercar Championship and a two-time Bathurst Champion, Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall knows what it takes to be successful in an...

INGALL IS READY FOR THE SEASON OF ENDURANCE

As the one of the most experienced drivers in the V8 Supercar Championship and a two-time Bathurst Champion, Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall knows what it takes to be successful in an endurance event.

Since the 2005 series champion returned to the wheel of a Holden Commodore earlier this year Ingall and the Supercheap Auto team's focus has been firmly fixed on success in the endurance races at Phillip Island and Bathurst.

With the 'season of endurance' firing into action at the L&H 500 at Phillip Island this weekend Ingall is confident that he and co-driver Paul Morris will be near the front of the field come Sunday afternoon.

"All year we have been setting our sights on achieving some good results in the endurance races and after the good speed we have shown throughout the past few rounds I enter this weekend full of confidence," said Ingall.

"Bathurst is the one we really want to win and the preparation for the Supercheap Auto 1000 at the Mountain is this Sunday's 500km event.

"All year I have had good speed in the Supercheap Auto Commodore late in the race, which means I have been able to look after my rear tyres -- something that is going to be vital to success around Phillip Island."

Supporting Ingall's confidence entering the weekend is the fact that he has recorded no less than eight podium results over the past ten years in V8 Supercar endurance races.

Practice around the 4.45km Phillip Island circuit begins this afternoon with a unique qualifying format and races being held tomorrow. The L&H 500 will be contested on Sunday afternoon.

Entering this weekend's ninth round of the 2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series, Garth Tander leads the points standings ahead of Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup. Ingall is tenth.

V8 SUPERCARS ON TV *All programs are shown on Channel 7

Saturday 13 September
2:00pm - 5:30pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)

Sunday 14 September
12:00pm - 5:30pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)

*Times subject to change. Check local guides

ABOUT THE TRACK

Located approximately two hours south-east of Melbourne the original Phillip Island circuit consisted of 10.6 kilometres of rough and dusty public roads to create a narrow high crowned racing circuit. The first race at Phillip Island was conducted in 1928. The existing circuit was first opened in 1956 and in 1960 held Australia's first 500-mile event, the Armstrong 500. The circuit closed for a period in 1962 before re-opening in 1966 only to closing again due to extensive track damage in the late 1970's. Phillip Island became famous for hosting the inaugural 500cc Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1989 and has since become the home of the World Motorcycle Championship in the country. The venue first hosted a round of the Shell Australian Touring Car Championship in 1993.


Circuit length: 4.45km
Circuit direction: Anti-Clockwise
Average speed: 156 km/h
Maximum speed: 281 km/h
Current Qualifying Lap Record: Craig Lowndes, Holden Commodore VT, 1m32.0713s, 2000
Current Race Lap Record: Craig Lowndes, Holden Commodore VT, 1m33.4389s, 1999

-credit: russellingall.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Russell Ingall , Craig Lowndes , Paul Morris , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Phillip Island