David Russell in action at Queensland Raceway earlier this year.
David Russell in action at Queensland Raceway earlier this year. The Northern Star

Russell rides his luck

A MID-WEEK change of teams proved to be fortuitous for former Caniaba driver David Russell, who produced some of his best form in round seven of the Carrara Cup last weekend at Phillip Island.

Russell's race preparation was thrown into turmoil when his team, Sherrin Motor Sport, withdrew from the category.

But he had a spot of good luck when he was immediately snapped by Fitzgerald Racing Services, making him a team-mate of championship leader Craig Baird.

The step up in class seemed to have a positive effect on Russell, who finished fifth in race one, sixth in race two and first in race three, where he beat Baird into second place.

Russell's win handed him fourth position overall for the weekend and secured third spot on the championship list with 798 points, behind Baird on 1218 points and Dean Fiore on 888.

It's a remarkable turnaround for Russell, who must have been left wondering last week where his next drive was coming from.

“It wasn't looking all that promising, but I was a bit fortunate to have something up my sleeve,” he said.

“I got a phone call from another team when a position became available and it was good to have something eventuate.”

The race Russell won was held in almost gale-force conditions, making driving extremely difficult for the Porsche drivers.

Baird and Aaron Caratti shared the front row, but it was James Moffat who got the better of the starts and was inside of Caratti and up to second by the third corner.

Fiore sneaked up to fourth within the first couple of laps and began to close on Baird, Moffat and Washington, but it was Russell behind him who was really closing in.

Baird was looking comfortable out front, but he split a hose with a few laps remaining, giving Russell his chance.

Given his pre-race disruptions, Russell was thrilled with his win.

“That's a massive result for me and the team and I'm just so glad I could get that win,” he said

The next race will be part of the Bathurst 1000 carnival in October.



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