Russell Ingall

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Russell Ingall
Russell Ingall suits up for Caltex Racing
Nationality Australian
Born (1964-02-24) 24 February 1964 (age 52)
V8 Supercar Record
Series championships 1 (2005)
Races 583
Race wins 27
Podium finishes 90
Pole positions 1
2015 Championship position 40th (414 pts)

Russell Ingall (born 24 February 1964, in the United Kingdom) is a former full-time Australian V8 Supercar driver. Ingall became the V8 Supercar Champion in 2005, he was also the Championship runner up in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2004. Ingall has also won the Bathurst 1000 motor race twice, in 1995 and 1997. His particular driving style earned him the nickname "Enforcer".[1]

Early years[edit]

Ingall began his motor racing career at age 12 competing at the Whyalla go-kart track in South Australia. After winning an Australian Junior and several Senior karting Championships he moved overseas to race karts in Europe before making the transition into Formula Ford. During his karting career he lost his right-index finger at the first joint in an accident, however this didn't affect his racing.

Competing in only his second Formula Ford event, Ingall finished third in a support race at the 1988 Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide. Over the next few years Ingall proved to be a force in the Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series finishing runner-up before claiming the crown in the 1990. In 1990, he co-drove a Bob Forbes Racing Holden Commodore VL at the Bathurst 1000 with Kevin Bartlett

Ingall headed to Europe in 1991. After almost claiming the British Formula Ford Championship in 1991, and making a promising debut in the GM-Lotus formula, Ingall moved to Germany to drive for Opel Team Schuebel in the German Formula Three Championship. Ingall also had the opportunity to compete in Peter Wearing Smith's team at the Macau Grand Prix, where he started 23rd and overtook David Coulthard to finish in fifth position.

Over the northern winter Ingall competed in the New Zealand Dunlop Formula Ford series, winning easily with 10 victories from 12 races.

Ingall made history in 1993 returning to the United Kingdom to drive for the factory Van Diemen team to win 13 out of the 16 races in the British Formula Ford Championship and in the process recording the highest number of wins in a single season in the history of Formula Ford.

The season was finished off by winning one of the most prestigious single-seater events – the Formula Ford Festival and World Cup at Brands Hatch in Britain.

Ingall was never able to live up to his full potential in Europe due to a lack of funding and later returned to Australia. This is common for Australian race drivers in Europe.

V8 Supercar[edit]

Part-time drives[edit]

After spending the first half of 1994 in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship Ingall made his return to Touring Cars, having previously driven for the Bob Forbes Racing team in 1990, driving for Wayne Gardner Racing at the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000. Ingall and Win Percy led at Bathurst for some time before finishing fifth.

Perkins Engineering[edit]

Ingall went on to win the 1995 British Formula Renault Championship before joining Perkins Engineering for its campaign for the endurance races back in Australia. Ingall figured prominently in the team's epic last to first victory at Bathurst. He would then become a permanent face of the V8 Supercar Championship throughout 1996 season.

During his first year, Ingall claimed his maiden victory at Calder Park and then went on to win the Bathurst 1000 for the second time in 1997. He also finished second in 1998 and 2002.

In his seven years with Perkins Engineering, Ingall finish runner-up in the championship three times (1998, 1999 and 2001) and was third in 1997.

Stone Brothers Racing[edit]

Russell Ingall with his Caltex Falcon

Following seven years with the Perkins team Ingall moved to Stone Brothers Racing at the start of 2003 in winning style taking out the support races at the Australian Grand Prix.

He also went on to win rounds at the Queensland 300 and the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast, Queensland before eventually finishing seventh outright in the championship.

In 2004 Ingall was again consistent with the highlight of the season coming with a round win at Symmons Plains in round 12. In the final round at Eastern Creek Raceway, he finished third overall to jump from fourth to second in the championship in his Caltex Ford Falcon BA and give Stone Brothers Racing an historic 1–2 finish as his teammate Marcos Ambrose won the championship.

In 2005 Ingall went one better, collecting his first V8 Supercar championship after having been runner-up four times. Ingall went into the season with a plan and he followed it to the final race of the season, which was held at the Phillip Island circuit. He raced "smarter" than he ever had before and worked out his strategy around the V8 Supercars points system to collect the title ahead of Craig Lowndes and Marcos Ambrose.

In 2006 Ingall saw the championship slip from his grasp due to poor performance from his car which saw him finish the championship in eighth place.

In the lead-up to the 2007 season finale, Ingall announced he was Holden bound, thus leaving Stone Brothers Racing and Ford after five years. He finished the championship for the first time outside the top 10, placing a disappointing eleventh. For 2008 Ingall moved to Paul Morris Motorsport.

Supercheap Auto Racing[edit]

Returning to the Holden fray in 2008 with Paul Morris Motorsport, Ingall's debut race meeting for his new team proved less than ideal. Finishing in 14th place in the first leg of the Clipsal 500, contact with the wall at Turn 8 during the morning warmup saw steering and suspension damage to the No. 39 car. Repairs were made in time for the start of Race 2, but the car was not the same, and he retired after just two laps, with failure in the ignition system.

“If I didn't stick it in (during) the warm up, the distributor drive would have probably gone in the warm-up so we would have found the problem before the race, so one thing led to another," said Ingall. "At the end of the day it was all related to the shunt.”

In 2010, Ingall was joined by New Zealander Greg Murphy. Ingall remained with Paul Morris Motorsport until the end of 2011.

In 2012, Ingall moved to Walkinshaw Racing, with the Supercheap Auto sponsorship.

In 2013, Ingall continued the use of the No. 66 car, however, 2013 saw the change to the new Holden VF Commodore. Ingall's form for the year thus far has been inconsistent. At Townsville, Ingall celebrated his 226th race start (a new record beating John Bowe's 225) by using No. 226 on his car. In the Endurance events, Ingall teamed up with IndyCar racer Ryan Briscoe.

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport[edit]

After toying with the idea of retiring from full-time motorsports in 2014, Ingall announced returned to V8 Supercars in the 2014 season with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.[2]

At the end of 2014, Ingall retired from full-time driving. He will still compete as a co-driver in the three endurance races.[3]

Media Appearances[edit]

In 2015, Ingall was appointed a co-host on Fox Sports coverage of V8 Supercars with five-time champion and former rival Mark Skaife

Return to V8 Supercars[edit]

Ingall signed with the Holden Racing Team to race in the endurance series after James Courtney was injured in a freak accident. Ingall competed in the Sandown 500 and the Bathurst 1000 with HRT.

With Courtney returning to race in the Gold Coast 600, Prodrive Racing Australia signed Ingall as a replacement for the injured Chaz Mostert.

Nissan Motorsport[edit]

Ingall signed with Nissan Motorsport to race in the Pirtek Enduro Cup in 2016. He will join Rick Kelly in the #15 Nissan Altima.

Career results[edit]

The Holden VE Commodore of Russell Ingall at the 2012 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
The Holden VF Commodore of Russell Ingall at the 2013 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
Season Series Position Car Team
1987 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series =25th Elfin Ford David Craig
1988 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 8th Van Diemen RF86 Ford
1989 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 2nd Van Diemen RF89 Ford Russell Ingall
1990 Motorcraft Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series 1st Van Diemen RF90 Ford Coffey Ford
1991 British Formula Ford Championship 2nd Van Diemen RF91 Ford
1992 German Formula 3 Championship 9th Dallara F392 Opel Opel Team Schübel
1993 British Formula Ford Championship 1st Van Diemen RF93 Ford Van Diemen
1994 All-Japan Formula 3 Championship 11th Dallara 394 Toyota TOM's Navi Connection Racing
1995 British Formula Renault Championship 3rd
1996 Australian Touring Car Championship 6th Holden VR Commodore Perkins Engineering
1996 Australian Super Touring Championship 12th Vauxhall Cavalier Phoenix Motorsport
1997 Australian Touring Car Championship 3rd Holden VS Commodore Perkins Engineering
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 2nd Holden VS Commodore Perkins Engineering
1999 Shell Championship Series 2nd Holden VT Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
2000 Shell Championship Series 8th Holden VT Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
2001 Shell Championship Series 2nd Holden VX Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 9th Holden VX Commodore Castrol Perkins Racing
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 7th Ford BA Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 2nd Ford BA Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 1st Ford BA Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 8th Ford BA Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 11th Ford BF Falcon Stone Brothers Racing
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 9th Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 9th Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 12th Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 20th Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 13th Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 15th Holden VF Commodore Walkinshaw Racing
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 18th Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 40th Holden VF Commodore
Ford FG X Falcon
Holden Racing Team
Prodrive Racing Australia


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jamie Spence
British Formula Ford Champion
Succeeded by
Jason Watt
Preceded by
Jan Magnussen
Formula Ford Festival Winner
Succeeded by
Jason Watt
Preceded by
Dick Johnson
John Bowe
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
(with Larry Perkins)
Succeeded by
Craig Lowndes
Greg Murphy
Preceded by
Craig Lowndes
Greg Murphy
Winner of the Bathurst Classic
(with Larry Perkins)
Succeeded by
Jason Bright
Steven Richards
Preceded by
Marcos Ambrose
Winner of the V8Supercar Championship Series
Succeeded by
Rick Kelly