Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

The Rub in Passing

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

The Rub in Passing

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Byline: John Mikkelsen Motorsport

'THE Enforcer' Russell Ingall has shown he can still talk the talk as well as walk the walk with some cutting words of advice to other drivers he considers over-sensitive to the odd body contact during passing manoeuvres.

Ingall, the oldest in a V8 Supercar at 44, finished the closing stages of the 2008 season at the pointy end of the field.

And in his typical no-nonsense style the Supercheap Auto Racing Commodore driver has fired a salvo at "factory drivers" who whinge after a little rubbing during a race.

He believes that if some teams and drivers had their way they would turn V8 Supercars into a non-contact sport, and that, he claims, would be detrimental to the popularity of the sport.

Ingall's comments followed an incident involving Ford Performance Racing's Steven Richards in race two during the recent season grand finale at Oran Park. He passed Richards for second place and the FPR driver was less than impressed with the way the pass was implemented.

"I'm not upset that he passed me; he gave me a shove to get past me," Richards commented later.

Ingall implied that 'rubbing is racing' and was concerned that Richards and FPR Team Principal Tim Edwards were complaining about the incident.

"It's absolutely disgusting that a factory team and a professional driver like Richo is carrying on like a stuffed chook because he made a mistake," Ingall said.

"It's typical of the way that this category is going at the moment. The majority of the teams are to blame.

"There are only a couple of teams up and down pitlane who actually get it, but they (the others) will find out when the factory money dries up - when the dough runs out, because the category is not doing very well - the racing is boring and there is no entertainment for the crowd and the journos have got nothing to write about, and the media falls away from it. …

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