Russell Ingall to retire from V8 Supercars after 2013
|By Sam Tremayne||Tuesday, December 18th 2012, 13:03 GMT|
2005 V8 Supercars champion Russell Ingall plans to retire at the end of the 2013 season.
The 47-year-old has signed a one-year agreement with Walkinshaw Racing to race a new Car of the Future Holden Commodore in 2013.
Facing his 18th full-time season in V8s, Ingall is set to break the record for most starts at Townsville in July.
"All good things must come to an end," Ingall said.
"The introduction of Car of the Future gives me the opportunity to go out the way I have always wanted - on my terms.
"CotF is a whole new ballgame 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.
"I can hold my head up high and say that if I wasn't competitive, and I didn't believe I could win races, I wouldn't still be driving.
"Experience and a cool head will count for a lot and I've got both those on my side."
Ingall said he was proud of his career in the category, adding: "It's fantastic to have been in V8s for so long, almost since its inception. More importantly, I'm very proud that I am still competitive.
"The era that I've been through with Brock, Johnson, Perkins, Bowe, all the real greats of the sport, through to today's champions like Lowndes, Ambrose, Tander, Courtney and Whincup – I've had the best of both worlds and I wouldn't swap it for anything."
Ingall is a two-time winner of the Bathurst 1000 – his first came as a relative unknown in 1995 – and was crowned 2005 champion. He also finished runner-up four times between 1998 and 2004.