Russell Ingall moves back to Holden.

Ingall joins Paul Morris

V8 Supercar Champion Russell Ingall this week slipped behind the wheel of a Holden race car for the first time in five years.

Ingall tested the VE Commodore he will drive in next year’s V8 championship alongside team-mate Paul Morris for the new, two car Supercheap Auto Racing team at Queensland Raceway, near Brisbane.


The team will be based at Morris’ state-of-the-art race facilities at Norwell on the Gold Coast, which also incorporates the Holden Performance Driving Centre.

“I started my V8 career with Holden and spent seven years driving Commodores, so I’m rapt to be back with the new Supercheap Auto Racing team – the change has definitely reignited the fire,” said Ingall, who won two Bathurst titles with Holden in 1995 and ’97.

It did not take long for 2005 V8 title winner to adapt to the newer model Commodore, which wore a special, one-off Supercheap Auto ghost livery for the test.

“The Commodore is a little different to what I’ve been used to for the past five years, but while I won a championship driving a Falcon it required a unique technique, whereas
I seem to find the Holden suits my natural driving style better,” he said.

“VE Commodore’s first year results show it’s a great package and I’m excited about racing it next year.”

Ingall is confident his new team will deliver the success which he has become accustomed to over his successful career.

“Paul [Morris] has put together a tremendous operation – with its personnel, equipment and facilities it’s the best kept secret in Australian motor sport,” said Ingall.

“I can’t understand why more top line drivers haven’t beaten a path to Paul’s door – he’s got a well established team with a strong history, it’s perhaps the most financially secure in V8s, and the staff are amongst the best in the sport.

“Paul’s plans are not only to make it more competitive, but also deliver race wins – and with Supercheap Auto’s support and the VE Commodore it’s possible.

“I’m sure there’ll be some sceptics out there, but long term they’ll see this was a smart move.



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