Russell Ingall of the Supercheap Auto Racing team team drives during race two of the V8 Supercars at Barbagallo Raceway on May 6, 2012 in Perth, Australia.
Russell Ingall of the Supercheap Auto Racing team team drives during race two of the V8 Supercars at Barbagallo Raceway on May 6, 2012 in Perth, Australia. Paul Kane / Getty Images

Veteran V8 racer Ingall can't resist Car Of The Future

THE thought of Nissans and Mercedes racing the Queensland Raceway lured V8 Supercars legend Russell Ingall to stick around for one more year.

The 47-year-old Ingall announced at Ipswich's Queensland Raceway yesterday he would keep driving in 2013.

"All good things must come to an end, and the introduction of Car Of The Future (COTF) gives me the opportunity to go out the way I have always wanted - on my terms," Ingall said.

"COTF is a whole new ball game for V8s and it will open up the competition - you won't see the domination by just two teams like we've seen this year.

"Experience and a cool head will count for a lot and I've got both those on my side."

Ingall has signed a one-year deal with Walkingshaw Racing to drive a Holden Commodore in 2013, before retiring at the end of the season. "It's fantastic to have been in V8s for so long, almost since its inception," he said.

Ingall is set to surpass John Bowe next season as the most capped driver in Australian touring car history when he makes his 226th start.


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