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Russell Ingall will continue to race in his retirement, with the V8 Supercars veteran confirmed to partner up with Rick Kelly in the No. 15 Sengled Racing Altima.
Ingall will join Nissan Motorsport for the Pirtek Enduro Cup, racing at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast.
In a surprise move, Ingall tested the Nissan Altima at Winton last week and has since signed on for the upcoming Endurance season.
Ingall revealed that the deal was signed on a handshake after his second run in the car, saying that “Rick came up to me and said ‘What do you think?’ I liked the car and felt comfortable in it; I got up to speed relatively easily without hanging the thing off the wall, and that was basically it.”
Rick Kelly said “The endurance season is a critical time in the championship [and] you need to have someone in your car that’s rock solid. Russell is a fierce racer and someone who will be very solid from that point of view.”
Ingall, who won the 2005 championship with Stone Brothers Racing, retired from full time racing at the end of 2014 to take up a role with Fox Sports as an analyst.
He was called up to race midway in 2015, replacing Jack Perkins, who took over main drive from the injured James Courtney.
After strong results of ninth and 11th at Sandown and Bathurst, Ingall switched teams to Prodrive, co-driving with Cameron Waters who had replaced the injured Chas Mostert.
There in two race starts he finished 17th and 19th, although the machinery he had been given was fairly ordinary.
Ingall’s deal with Nismo is the latest in major changes to the line up for the team. Todd Kelly will have a new partner in Matt Campbell, and David Russell, Rick’s previous partner, will have to be partnered with Dale Wood, or lose his seat.
It is believed that Dean Fiore will continue with Michael Caruso in the No. 23.