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Ingall quits Ford, Stone Brothers Racing

28/11/2007 03:47:57 PM Comments (0)

Veteran V8 Supercar driver Russell Ingall will end a five-year partnership with Ford and Stone Brothers Racing at the end of this season.

Ingall, who won the 2005 championship for Ford and SBR, will make his last appearance for the Blue Oval at this weekend's final round of the V8 championship in Phillip Island, Victoria.

The 43-year-old has been released from his current Ford contract a year early to pursue other opportunities, which will be announced next month.

"I have to thank everyone at Ford Australia and Stone Brothers Racing for their support over the past five years," said the two-time Bathurst winner.

"Opportunities have presented themselves on the other side and Tom (Gorman) and (Ford Motorsport manager) Ray Price have been good enough to allow me to explore those options ... there will be more on that in the coming weeks.

"I also have to thank the Ford fans for their tremendous support over the past five years and hope they will understand my reasons for moving on."

SBR team manager Ross Stone said that he, Jimmy Stone and Ingall had come to an amicable decision to part ways.

"Nothing stays the same in V8 racing," said Stone.

"Sometimes a change and a fresh start can make all the difference."

Ingall's last start for Ford will be at the same track that he wrapped up his 2005 title.

"Phillip Island has many special memories for me, especially that Sunday in 2005 when we finally got the job done after being runner-up four times," said Ingall.

"This weekend will be another emotional one for other reasons, but, as they say, nothing lasts forever.

"I'll be wanting to win this weekend as much as I wanted to win my first race for Ford back in 2005."

Ingall currently sits 11th in the championship and is looking to maintain his record of being the only driver to have finished in the top 10 of the championship in every one of its 11 years.

He's 14 points adrift of 10th-placed Ford driver Will Davison.

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