Mountain mania at Bathurst
GOONELLABAH driver David Russell has certainly experienced the highs and lows of V8 Supercar racing during his time as a co-driver in the Bathurst 1000.
Russell was one of three drivers who didn't finish the 2013 race after he collided with a kangaroo.
He had a top 10 finish the following year then crashed during the practice laps before going on to the main race last year.
The 34-year-old will be behind the wheel again this weekend as a co-driver for Dale Wood in the Nissan Motorsport team.
Luck is due to go his way and Russell has plenty of optimism heading into the weekend.
"It's always exciting at this time of year and you feel it as soon as you drive into town,” Russell said from Bathurst yesterday.
"It's the holy grail of racing and there is a very big crowd here already.
"The track was pretty fast this morning and we're definitely wanting a big performance.”
Russell grew up in Caniaba and raced in the the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series for several years after finding success in the Australian Carrera Cup Championship.
He 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 has more events coming up in New Zealand.
This will be the first time he has driven with Wood at Bathurst after previously co-driving for Rick Kelly.
The race is the second leg of the three-race Pirtek Enduro Cup as well as being the 11th event of the 2016 V8 Supercars championship.
"It's been a busy year already and there is still plenty to look forward to,” Russell said.
"Dale hasn't been with our team for too long but he is a very solid driver who has been racing with Holden.
"We're thinking top 10 and then we'll be chasing a top five finish from there.
"I think it's achievable and there is no reason why we can't.”