V8 Supercars – V8 Enforcer Russell Ingall Announces ‘Re-Enforcement Tour 2012’

February 10, 2012

V8 Supercars

V8 Supercar tough guy, Russell Ingall today made a crash-bang start to the 2012 V8 Supercar Championship.

 

The Enforcer, Ingall revealed his striking new Supercheap Auto Racing Commodore by bursting through the garage doors at Sandown Raceway to signal the beginning of the ‘Russell Ingall Re-Enforcement Tour 2012’.

 

Ingall and long-time sponsor, leading Australian retailer Supercheap Auto moved to Walkinshaw Racing at the end of 2011 – a change the Enforcer says has reinvigorated him.

 

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about this opportunity, I’ve been jumping out of my skin over the off-season waiting to go racing again,” Ingall said.

 

“Walkinshaw Racing is the home of the Holden Racing Team, so this is the first time in my career that I’ve raced for a factory outfit and have been able to draw on so much depth of experience and talent.

 

“I’ve raced for some great teams, but it’s eye-opening at just how professional an organisation like this is – now I know why it’s won eight championships and nine Bathurst 1000s!

 

“It’s got me fired up. I’ve been training my guts out, I’m fitter than ever and I just can’t wait for Clipsal – the Enforcer is back!”

 

A veteran of 16 full-time seasons, battle hardened Ingall will have a number of V8 championship and Bathurst-winning heavyweights watching his back – racing operations manager Mike Henry, team manager Erik Pender and engineer Rob Starr.

 

New to V8 Supercars, newly appointed Walkinshaw Racing Managing Director, Steve Hallam is also no stranger to success having won four World Drivers Championships and two Constructors titles in his time at McLaren F1.

 

“To be able to win races in a series as competitive and tough as V8 Supercars requires quality people and Supercheap Auto Racing can rightfully say it has the very best,” Ingall said.

 

“Their passion for racing and commitment to winning races is second to none and they’re tough as nails – I couldn’t hope for better re-enforcements.”

 

After its show of strength in crashing through the garage door and onto pit lane at Sandown, the new Supercheap Auto Commodore presented an imposing figure with its white-based scheme highlighted by flash black, yellow and red graphics.

 

The presentation also revealed Ingall and Supercheap Auto were reuniting with iconic Australian workwear brand KingGee – in its second year with Walkinshaw Racing – while familiar SCAR supporters, Castrol, Stanley, Bosch, Century Batteries, ArmorAll and MasterLock again have a major presence on the #66 Commodore.

 

The team will be transported around the country by a GW470 UD Truck, the only heavy duty truck in Australia meeting the stringent JPLT 05 emission standard.

 

The ‘Russell Ingall Re-Enforcement Tour 2012’ will be backed by a range of merchandise and promotions throughout the year.

 

It kicks off tomorrow (Saturday) when the Supercheap Auto Racing Commodore takes part in the Official V8 Supercar Pre-Season Test at Sandown Raceway.

 

The test runs from 9.00am until 5.00pm, with a grid walk for fans scheduled from 12.30-1.30pm. Admission is free.

 

The first round of the 2012 V8 Supercar Championship is the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide on 1-4 March.

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