GREAT RESULT: Goonellabah driver David Russell finished in the top 10 at the Bathurst 1000 at the weekend.
GREAT RESULT: Goonellabah driver David Russell finished in the top 10 at the Bathurst 1000 at the weekend.

Bathurst top 10 finish for Russell

GOONELLABAH enduro driver David Russell gained his second Bathurst 1000 top 10 finish after a dramatic six hour and 20 minute Mount Panorama battle on the weekend.

Russell and co-driver Dale Wood were the second Nissan Motorsport entry home (out of five team cars) in one of the most dramatic and exciting Bathurst 1000 events of recent times.

Russell and Wood started the race from 18th place after five practice sessions for the new combination to become acquainted in their first Bathurst campaign as co-drivers.

Wood started the race and handed the Nissan Altima Supercar over to the Dayco sponsored driver at the end of the first stint. Russell then double-stinted and took the entry to a high of 17th position.

The result adds another strong finish to Russell's Bathurst record that includes Dunlop Supercar Series pole positions and victories, along with several Porsche Carrera Cup, GT and Production Car class and outright victories during his career.

"I had some fun in that double stint, making up some positions and racing in the pack,” Russell said.

"We didn't yield too many positions throughout the day.

"In fact, the positions we conceded were to the bosses (Rick and Todd Kelly).

"We were tuning the car throughout the stint on a full fuel load, with an eye to Dale's stint at the end of the race.”

After handing back to Wood in the middle stages of the race, Russell returned to the seat of the Altima for a final single stint and climbed into the top 15.

"Without safety cars during my stints, the race was pretty uneventful. But we kept it clean and the team and I were happy with the pace,” Russell said.

"Dale is a tenacious driver and we've gelled together really well. We stayed out of the limelight, but nevertheless we could get into the top 15 and focus on our pace in that final stint.”

Wood and Russell will hit the streets of the Surfers Paradise for the Castrol EDGE Gold Coast 600 from October 21-23.

"To go there and focus on just the Supercars side, after also wrapping up the runners-up spot in the Porsche Carrera Cup at the event last year, is something I'm looking forward to given our strong run at Mount Panorama,” Russell said.

Russell was based in Brisbane for a number of years before moving back to Goonellabah at the start of this year.

He has been competing in Lamborghini endurance races throughout Europe and also has more events coming up in New Zealand.



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