Winton: Russell Ingall weekend summary

INGALL HOLDS TOP 10 SPOT WITH STORMING DRIVE Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall has maintained his spot in the top 10 of the 2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series with a storming recovery in the final race of Round 8 at in Winton, Victoria...

INGALL HOLDS TOP 10 SPOT WITH STORMING DRIVE

Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall has maintained his spot in the top 10 of the 2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series with a storming recovery in the final race of Round 8 at in Winton, Victoria today.

Ingall again showed the top 10 potential of the Supercheap Auto Racing team, qualifying 15th and rising to finish eighth in the first race of the weekend yesterday afternoon.

'The Enforcer' was looking to make further progress up the order in Race 2 this morning, but when Jason Richards and Steve Richards came together at the first corner, Ingall clipped the latter and was out on the spot with broken front left suspension.

That DNF cost Ingall any chance of a podium result, but the speed of the #39 Supercheap Auto Holden Commodore was proven in Race 3, when the 2005 V8 champ drove from the back of the grid to finish seventh, right behind the car of Craig Lowndes, who started from 12th.

The drive gave Ingall 13th overall for the round and helped maintain his place in the top 10 in the championship standings, sitting just 11 points behind the ninth placed driver Lee Holdsworth.

Ingall and the Supercheap Auto Racing team will now switch to enduro-mode for the L&H 500 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria on September 12-14.

WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ...

"We had good car speed all weekend and we our race pace was again right up there with the guys at the front," said Ingall.

"The team gave me a great car, so it was a shame that we got caught up in the crash at the start of Race 2. But we made up for that with the fightback in the last race.

"I think we could have really cracked another great result here at Winton if not for the clash in the second race.

"I'm really looking forward to the enduros and I think we have a good chance at both Phillip Island and Bathurst.

"Our cars are very strong and the team is doing an outstanding job. We'll enjoy the break but I can't wait to get back out there."

-credit: russellingall.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Russell Ingall , Craig Lowndes , Jason Richards , Lee Holdsworth , Steve Richards , Phillip Island