Surfers Paradise: Russell Ingall weekend summary

TOP FIVE FOR INGALL ON THE STREETS OF THE GOLD COAST Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall finished fifth in the Coffee Club V8 Supercar Challenge, round 11 of the 2008 championship, the Nikon Indy 300 on the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit...

TOP FIVE FOR INGALL ON THE STREETS OF THE GOLD COAST

Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall finished fifth in the Coffee Club V8 Supercar Challenge, round 11 of the 2008 championship, the Nikon Indy 300 on the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit this weekend.

Ingall's fifth placing is the fifth time from 11 rounds held so far in the 2008 series and has moved him into ninth spot in the championship standings.

The former series champion qualified in sixth position before recording a fifth, eighth and sixth placing during the three 27-lap races around the 4.47km temporary street circuit.

Ingall was one of the few drivers to make the most of his limited passing opportunities to claw his way up the order in the second race which saw him drop to 14th place following the intervention of a mid-race safety car period.

In the final race Ingall was involved in a tight battle with Todd Kelly, Craig Lowndes and Steve Johnson before recording his fifth place result.

Jamie Whincup won all three races to take out the round ahead of Garth Tander and Mark Winterbottom.

The next round of the championship is the Gulf Air Desert 400 to be held at the Bahrain International Circuit on November 6-8.

WHAT HE HAD TO SAY

Russell Ingall -- Driver of the #39 Supercheap Auto Commodore "It would have been nice to have finished on the podium to get another surfboard trophy for my collection but in the end at top five result was very pleasing," said Ingall.

"We had some good speed in all three races, I think even enough to match it with the front three guys but just got caught back in the pack a little which made life difficult.

"We've got three rounds to go in the championship and I'm confident that we will be able to be strong in all three of them before setting our sights on being a serious contender in the championship during 2009."

-credit: russellingall.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Russell Ingall , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Todd Kelly , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Johnson