Philip Island: Russell Ingall race report

INGALL SHOWS STRONG ENDURO SPEED AT PHILLIP ISLAND Supercheap Auto Racing driver Russell Ingall has shown strong speed on his way to finishing ninth with co-driver Paul Morris in the L&H 500 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria...

INGALL SHOWS STRONG ENDURO SPEED AT PHILLIP ISLAND

Supercheap Auto Racing driver Russell Ingall has shown strong speed on his way to finishing ninth with co-driver Paul Morris in the L&H 500 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria today.

The #39 Supercheap Auto Holden Commodore was one of the fastest cars in the field all weekend, with Ingall running in the top five for much of today's 113-lap event.

"We're really happy that our car speed continues to be strong and that the Supercheap Commodore is going along nicely heading towards Bathurst," said Ingall.

"At one stage there we were looking really good for a podium. It's a credit to the whole team that we are fighting for the top five on a regular basis."

Ultimately a small mistake at the high-speed Hayshed section cost Ingall a chance at a podium finish, but he was able to move back up the order after the spin.

The incident occurred on a wet Phillip Island circuit, as a result of rain that hit the circuit mid-race. Ingall's car nudged the tyre barrier and as a result, damaged the car's roll bars, preventing Ingall from making set-up adjustments in the closing stages as the track dried.

"Initially, I was running second or third at one of the restarts when the track was still reasonably wet, and I ran a bit wide and slipped back a little but was still around fifth and going along well.

"Then a few laps later at the Hayshed I just lost it and couldn't quite catch it. I hung on but in the end it just went around. We were able to climb back a bit but it's disappointing we had the off because we were looking good for a podium."

Ingall started Sunday's main race from ninth position, handing over to Morris for the middle stint and then getting back behind the wheel for the finish. On Saturday Ingall was fifth fastest in his qualifying session and the fourth driver home in his 14-lap race.

Ingall sits 10th in the V8 Supercar Championship Series Driver's Standings after nine rounds, heading into the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at the Mount Panorama circuit in New South Wales on October 9-12.

Garth Tander and Mark Skaife won today's L&H 500 ahead of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes, with Will Davison and Steve Johnson coming home in third.

-credit: russellingall.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Will Davison , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Paul Morris , Jamie Whincup , Steve Johnson , Phillip Island