Russell Ingall won't curb his driving style. Caltex Havoline Racing's Russell Ingall says that a post-race penalty in the opening round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Adelaide three weeks ago will not curb his exciting and aggressive...
Russell Ingall won't curb his driving style.
Caltex Havoline Racing's Russell Ingall says that a post-race penalty in the opening round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Adelaide three weeks ago will not curb his exciting and aggressive driving style in round two at Phillip Island this weekend.
Ingall crossed the line in third place in his BA Falcon in race two of the Clipsal 500, but was later relegated to 12th after being found guilty of hitting and spinning Greg Murphy a couple of laps from home.
Ingall, a two-time Bathurst winner, took the officials' decision on the chin, but says he won't be turned into a member of a "precision driving team" in an effort to win his first championship.
A much tighter points system this season, where drivers are also required to drop their worst round, lends itself to more cautious and conservative driving than we have seen in recent seasons.
"Because of the points system, many drivers will play the percentage game," said Ingall.
"I think if I went all year and won the championship without winning a race I would consider it a hollow victory.
"The points system is conducive to that happening, but it's not going to influence me.
"That doesn't mean I'm going to be stupid or do anything illegal, it just means that if there is a gap, I am going to go for it. I am out there to win."
Ingall says that the fans deserve more than seeing a field of drivers just "plodding" around to secure points.
"The whole thing of just churning around to get points is not good value for the drivers or the paying public," said Ingall.
"The fans should be able to see cars and drivers racing for the win.
"They don't deserve to see a performance driving team -- you can see that at the Easter Show."
THE WEEKEND SCHEDULE
2pm-3.30pm -- Practice session
9.50am-10.25 -- Practice
11.45am-12.20pm -- Practice
2.20pm-2.40pm -- Qualifying (Lower 50%)
2.45pm-3.05pm -- Qualifying (Upper 50%)
9.25am-9.45am -- Warm-up
11.50pm-12.20pm -- Top 10 Shootout
2pm- Race (300km -- 67 Laps)
TV TELECAST -- NETWORK TEN
Sunday -- April 13
1.30pm-2.30pm -- RPM
2.30pm-5pm -- Phillip Island Race coverage