THE Enforcer – Russell Ingall – is returning to Supercars to race in the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000.
The 2005 series champion will join rising star Broc Feeney in a wildcard Triple Eight Race Engineering entry sponsored by Supercheap Auto.
57-year-old Ingall, who won the ‘Great Race’ with Larry Perkins in 1995 and 1997, returns to Mount Panorama for his 26th tilt at the Bathurst 1000 and his first since 2016.
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“I feel like we’re part of another Blues Brothers movie – we really have put the band back together,” Ingall said.
“When the idea of driving a Triple Eight-prepared Supercheap Auto car at the Bathurst 1000 was presented to me, I didn’t need to be asked twice.
“I’m looking forward to driving a Triple Eight-prepared car for the first time and sharing the car with Broc (Feeney) who is a terrific young driver with an enormous future.”
“Let me make this clear. We are going to Bathurst to be competitive. 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.”
While it isn’t the first time Ingall has raced a Triple Eight-entered car at Bathurst, having piloted a Holden Vectra Super Tourer run by the British squad in the 1998 AMP Bathurst 1000, and he campaigned Triple Eight-built Holdens in the race while driving for Paul Morris Motorsport, the 2021 race will be the first time Ingall has raced for Triple Eight’s Supercars squad.
Feeney made his Bathurst 1000 debut on his 18th birthday last year, securing a top-10 finish with James Courtney at Tickford Racing.
Now racing for Triple Eight in the Dunlop Super2 Series, Feeney already has a Bathurst win under his belt this year having won the opening race of the second-tier series at Mount Panorama in February.
“To announce this wild card entry at Bathurst with Supercheap Auto and Russell (Ingall) at this stage of the season is exciting,” Feeney said.
“To wear the Supercheap Auto colours and 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 to boost my racing career.”