Caltex Havoline Racing's Russell Ingall is confident that this weekend's sixth round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Darwin's Hidden Valley can again the be the turning point of his season. Ingall has the best track record of any V8 Supercar...
Caltex Havoline Racing's Russell Ingall is confident that this weekend's sixth round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Darwin's Hidden Valley can again the be the turning point of his season.
Ingall has the best track record of any V8 Supercar driver since the championship started in the Northern Territory in 1998 and has traditionally used his success at the circuit to springboard into a big "second half" season finish.
Ingall has won four of the 15 races held at the circuit and was the inaugural round winner six years ago.
The Gold Coaster has been extracting plenty of speed from his Stone Brothers Racing Falcon at recent rounds, but has been plagued by continual bad luck.
Despite that, he is still the second-highest place Ford driver (behind teammate Marcos Ambrose in the Pirtek Falcon) in seventh place in the championship standings -- just four points behind fifth-placed and defending series champion Mark Skaife.
"Darwin has always been a pretty good hunting ground for me and hopefully that will continue this weekend," said Ingall, who will be racing in Darwin for the first time in a Ford.
"The people in the Territory are great and I really enjoy racing in the hot weather. A lot of drivers complain about the heat, but I seem to thrive on it.
"I have never really been a strong starter in the championship, but Darwin has traditionally been a turning point for me.
"I take a bit to fire up, but a good result in Darwin will get me going."
Ingall says it is about time his luck turned around.
"I have had one of the quickest, if not the quickest car out there -- including the Pirtek Falcon of Marcos (Ambrose)," said Ingall.
"At this stage Marcos has been getting all the luck and I am at the other end of the scale.
"I need some of his luck to rub off on me this weekend.
"I have to say that runs of bad luck like this don't tend to last that long for me.