Former Caniaba driver gets first V8 Supercar podium finish
FORMER Caniaba driver David Russell has certainly experienced the highs and lows in V8 Supercar racing this month.
Russell crashed during a practice lap for co-drivers and caused plenty of damage to his team's Nissan Motorsport car at Bathurst three weeks ago.
However, his luck changed when he finished second with Rick Kelly in the Gold Coast 600 Pirtek Enduro Cup race at the weekend.
Russell has partnered Kelly in the Enduro races for three seasons.
It was his first podium finish after five years as a co-driver in the V8 Supercar series.
"It's the closest event to home for me and I had a lot of local support which made it extra special," Russell said.
"I could hear people yelling out my name while I had my fist clenched celebrating.
"There is a lot of pressure involved and I was just happy that I could contribute to the result."
It was a double celebration for Russell with the Porsche Carrera Cup wrapping up on the Gold Coast.
He finished second overall with his confidence high when he went on to the main race.
"Rick did a great job and we had to change our strategy when we had some issues with the car," Russell said.
"I felt like there was just as much onus on me being the co-driver and I'm glad we were able to deliver."
Russell, who now lives in Brisbane, increased his racing commitments this season returning fulltime to the Porsche Carrera Cup and had several international GT outings
He won his first ADAC GT Masters race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria alongside Tomas Enge.
The next event is the ITM 500 in Auckland, New Zealand, next month.
Russell will get to drive a Lamborghini in a 101-lap race.