Ingall gets first laps in Walkinshaw Commodore

From left, Toll HRT's James Courtney, Garth Tander, Nick Percat and new Walkinshaw Racing recruit Russell Ingall

From left, Toll HRT's James Courtney, Garth Tander, Nick Percat and new Walkinshaw Racing recruit Russell Ingall

Russell Ingall has got his first taste of a Walkinshaw Racing Commodore at Phillip Island today.

The 2005 V8 Supercars champion, who has confirmed his switch to WR’s third car in 2012, sampled one of the factory Holdens at Phillip Island today during the team’s end of season ride day.

Ingall will drive the #74 Supercheap Auto-backed Commodore next year, replacing Brad Jones Racing-bound Fabian Coulthard.

Today’s Phillip Island day is a ride event only, but Walkinshaw Racing’s operations manager Mike Henry says there are some small things that the team can get out of it for Ingall.

“Other than seating position, there’s no a lot you can get out of a ride day,” Henry told Speedcafe.com.

“You can’t make set-up changes, there’s no data, so in that regard, it’s not much of a day other than getting him to cut his first laps with us.

“We’ve made sure he had a good seat fit, and it will be good to get him in the organisation and working with the boys.”

Also driving passengers around Phillip Island today with the factory team is regular team drivers James Courtney, Garth Tander, Nick Percat, Cameron McConville and Italian driver Max Papis.

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