The name “Russell Ingall” is one of the most recognised in Australian sport. One of this country’s true motorsport heroes, Ingall has a reputation of being a fierce competitor on track and one of the most fan and sponsor-friendly drivers away from it.
Go Karts: Russell Ingall began his motor racing career at age 12 competing at the Whyalla go-kart track in South Australia. After winning an Australian Junior and several Senior karting Championships he raced headed overseas to race karts in Europe before making the transition into Formula Ford.
Racing: Competing in only his second Formula Ford event, Ingall finished third in a support race at the 1988 Adelaide Formula One Grand Prix. Over the next few years Ingall proved to be a force in the Australian Formula Ford Championship finishing runner-up before claiming the crown in the 1990.
Wins: After almost claiming the British Formula Ford Championship in 1991, Ingall headed to Europe in 1992 to drive for Opel Team Schiubel in the prestigious German Formula 3 Championship. Russell also had the opportunity to compete at the Asian Macau Grand Prix and rocked the establishment by starting 23rd and being in a position by mid-way through the race to overtake David Coulthard for fifth position.
Over the northern winter Ingall competed in the New Zealand Dunlop Formula Ford series, winning easily with 10 victories from 12 races.
Ingall made history in 1993 returning to Britain to drive for the factory Van Diemen team to win 13 out of the 16 races in the British Championship and in the process recording the highest number of wins in a single season in the history of Formula Ford.
The season was finished off by winning one of the most prestigious single-seater events – the Formula Ford Festival and World Cup at Brands Hatch in Britain.
Australia: After spending the first half of 1994 in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship Ingall made his debut in the Australian Touring Car Championship driving for Wayne Gardner’s team at Sandown and Bathurst. Ingall and Win Percy led at Bathurst for some time before finishing fifth.