Russell Ingall’s tough, uncompromising attitude has earned him the nickname ‘The Enforcer’. A winner on-track and with fans, Ingall is one of the most recognisable faces in Australian motorsport as well as one of the most internationally travelled and successful drivers.
After subbing in for both the factory Ford and Holden teams across last year’s Pirtek Enduro Cup, Ingall has signed on with another manufacturer, this time tackling three of the season’s biggest events with Nissan while balancing commentator duties.
Ingall began racing at the age of 12, tackling go-karts. After winning an Australian Junior and four Senior karting championships he moved to race karts in Europe before making the transition to Formula Ford.
His success in the category is second to none, having won the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 1990, runner up in the British Championship in 1991 and winner of the 1992 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship with an impressive 10 victories from 12 races.
In 1993, Ingall made history winning the British Formula Ford Championship in crushing style, winning 13 out of 16 races – the highest number of wins in a single season in the history of Formula Ford, and the British Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch.
Ingall then made the move to other categories where he successfully competed in Championships from Formula Renault to Formula 3 in Great Britain, Europe, Germany and Japan as well as the Macau Grand Prix, Indian Madras F3GP and Monaco GP F3 support race.
After finishing third in the 1995 British Formula Renault title, Ingall returned to Australia to partner Larry Perkins to victory in the Bathurst 1000 – coming from last to first to win. The victory earned Ingall a full time drive with Perkins’ team in the Championship, a partnership that would last six years.
In 2002 Ingall moved from Perkins Engineering to join Stone Brothers Racing and Ford. After finishing runner up again in the V8 Supercars Championship in 2004 to Ambrose, Ingall finally achieved his goal in 2005 and won the coveted trophy.
In 2008 he moved back to Holden and joined Paul Morris Motorsport and also began a five year partnership with sponsor Supercheap Auto. He spent his final two years with the brand at Walkinshaw Racing. 2013 saw Ingall achieve the highest number of race starts of any driver in the history of V8 Supercars (this year surpassed by Craig Lowndes who still races full-time).
Ingall unexpectedly popped up with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport for his final full-time season in ’14, achieving a best race finish of fourth early in the year with the minnow team.