Ingall, Seton to test Focus V8s
Russell Ingall and Glenn Seton will put Racer Industries’ first two MARC Focus V8s through their paces at Queensland Raceway tomorrow ahead of the Bathurst 12 Hour.
Helping the team develop the purpose-built endurance race cars, the two former V8 Supercars Champions are also in talks to join the team for the February 7-9 event.
Featuring Ford’s 5.0 litre Coyote V8, the cars are closely based on Pace Innovations’ Global Touring Car concept, developed initially for the South African market.
Three of the cars will race at Bathurst in an invitational class before embarking on a tour of international endurance events.
The first car enjoyed a brief shakedown at Norwell last week while the Ipswich test will mark the first time the second chassis turns a wheel.
Car owners Keith Kassulke, Mick Benton and Jake Camilleri are currently the team’s only confirmed drivers for Bathurst.
Ingall and Seton both have previous 12 Hour starts to their names, with the former appearing in Holden’s factory Sportswagon entry in 2009.
The possibility of returning to the race comes as the veteran continues to discuss an extension of his full-time V8 Supercars career with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.
“It’s invaluable to have Russell and Glenn along to help accelerate the development curve of the cars,” Racer Industries’ owner Ryan McLeod told Speedafe.com of the Ipswich test.
“We’re still talking to drivers about the 12 Hour, but we’d love to have them in the cars, especially to help the younger guys.
“We’ve taken a lot of young guys, like Chaz Mostert, Scott Pye, Ash Walsh… a lot of guys through our Astra program over the years and we’d like to continue that with these cars as well.
“Having experienced drivers in the program too would be a boost for everyone.”
Overseeing the test will be Pace owner Paul Ceprnich and former champion V8 Supercar engineer Paul Forgie.
The three chassis have been named after famous race tracks, taking on the Amaroo (Kassulke), Bathurst (Benton) and Catalunya (Camilleri) monikers.
The cars will be the subject of a minimum benchmark lap time for the Bathurst race, ensuring they do not trouble the GT field.
In addition to the Coyote enigne, the cars feature a variety of Australian equipment including an Albins transaxle gearbox, Motec electronics package, Murray Coote dampers and PWR cooling package.
The Motec software has been developed to accommodate an electric steering rack, while the cars will race on Michelin tyres and boast the latest FIA safety seat, as seen in Porsche’s 911 GT3 Cup cars.