Queenslander David Russell is back with Nissan Motorsport for this year’s Pirtek Enduro Cup.
He teams with Simona De Silvestro, his fourth different driver in as many years, having joined Dale Wood in 2016.
Originally a gun in speedway and production car racing (in a Proton Satria, of all things), Russell won the 2002 Chance of a Lifetime competition with the prize of a drive in the 2003 Dunlop Series.
Driving an older AU Falcon, Russell still showed speed and was nominated for the Mike Kable Rookie of the Year Award after finishing 12th in the Championship.
Champion of his class in the Australian Production Car Championship two years running, Russell then turned his focus to the Porsche Carrera Cup, where he was a mainstay for the three seasons.
In 2008 he scored his first race win at Adelaide before a late season switch to Fitzgerald Racing reaped further rewards. In the end, Russell finished third in the series and moved to the Dunlop Series in 2009, where he finished third with Howard Racing.