The Enforcer, Russell Ingall, was back at the pointy end of the field in Winton over the weekend, adding another podium to the Audi Sport customer racing TCR tally.
2 September, 2019
It was Ingall’s fourth podium after finishing in the points in every race at Queensland Raceway in Round 4, and the veteran campaigner is keen to see what he can do in the remaining two rounds of the inaugural season over the coming weeks.
Ingall reprised his role in the #100 Castrol Audi RS 3 LMS, with Leanne Tander and newcomer, Liam McAdam rounding out the rest of the Melbourne Performance Centre trio of Audi RS 3 race cars.
Ingall was right in the thick of the action all weekend, but it wasn’t until the final race on Sunday that his experience and race craft saw him claim another trophy. Race one saw him finish in the top 10 in eighth, with Liam McAdam 10th and Leanne Tander fighting back to 12th after being shunted off the track.
In Race 2 on Sunday, Ingall fought through the pack to finish in fifth, with McAdam again claiming the 10th spot with Leanne just one place behind him.
In the final race for the weekend, qualifying didn’t go as Ingall had hoped and he was forced to start from 10th on the grid. But despite starting well back, he kept the frontrunners well and truly in his sights, fighting his way through the pack to claim third in characteristic styler.
“I ran out of talent in qualifying, so we thought it was going to be a struggle to compete on a tight and twisty track like Winton,” Ingall said.
“We knew the car had the pace, so to work our way forward today was really encouraging. I’m starting to get my head around what the car likes and it’s a very consistent package and seems to come home strong in each race,” he said.
Liam McAdam was also pushing for points earlier in the race, at one point reaching as high as fifth, until an error saw him run wide and clip the pit wall – the accident costing him position and seeing him ultimately finish 15th.
Leanne Tander continued her rise through the field, improving again in the final race to finish ninth.
The result means that Audi Sport customer racing has achieved a podium result in every round with the exception of the opening round at Sydney Motorsport Park. The brand’s tally stands at two victories and seven podium finishes in the series so far.
The TCR Australia Series now heads to Sandown in just under three weeks for Round 6 (20-21 September), before returning to The Bend in South Australia for the final round of this year’s championship in November.
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