The “Enforcer” is making a comeback at Mount Panorama.
Five years after his last competitive Supercars drive, former V8 champion Russell Ingall will make a return at this year’s Bathurst 1000.
The 57-year-old, who last raced in Supercars in 2016 as a co-driver alongside Rick Kelly, will come out of retirement to race in a Triple Eight Race Engineering wildcard alongside highly-rated teenager Broc Feeney.
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Ingall and Feeney, 18, will become the oldest-youngest driver combination in Bathurst 1000 history.
Earning the nickname the “Enforcer” during his racing career, Ingall is a two-time Bathurst 1000 champion, winning the Great Race alongside Larry Perkins in 1995 and 1997.
Russell Ingall will race in the Bathurst 1000 for the first time since 2016.Source:Supplied
He won the 2005 Supercars championship, retiring from full-time driving at the end of 2014.
Ingall, who will suit up for his 25th appearance in the Great Race, and Feeney will campaign in a Supercheap Auto-backed Commodore.
He said he “didn’t need to be asked twice” for the chance to race again in the Bathurst 1000 and was determined the pair would not be making up the numbers.
“Let me make this clear. We are going to Bathurst to be competitive,” Ingall said.
“We have every intention of being right in the mix and giving the fans something to cheer about, otherwise we might as well stay at home.
“I’m looking forward to driving a Triple Eight-prepared car for the first time and sharing the car with Broc, who is a terrific young driver with an enormous future.”
Feeney races for Triple Eight in the Supercars feeder series Super2 and lined up as a co-driver for James Courtney in last year’s Bathurst 1000.
Russell Ingall will make a comeback as a wildcard entry alongside Broc Feeney in this year’s Bathurst 1000.Source:Supplied
“Russell is a legend in the business,” Feeney said.
“(To) have Russell as my teammate in the biggest race of the year is all very surreal, but exciting and I am grateful for the opportunity.
“Having the chance to race with a Supercars and Bathurst champion is an exciting prospect and will certainly help boost my racing career.”
Triple Eight boss Roland Dane said the combination would “not only turn heads, but will be competitive”.
“Russell will get as much time in the car as we can get him during the year and you know there is no one who would take such an opportunity as seriously as him,” Dane said.
Originally published asShock return: ‘Enforcer’ secures wildcard for Bathurst
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