The Enforcer has agreed to make a sensational comeback at this year’s Great Race, partnering teenager Broc Feeney in a Triple Eight-run wildcard entry.
At 57 years of age he’ll be vying to be the oldest winner in Bathurst 1000 historical past.
This might be Ingall’s twenty fifth look on the Nice Race, his tally together with wins in 1995 and 1997, nevertheless he hasn’t raced at Mount Panorama in a Supercar since again in 2016.
That final begin got here as a Nissan Motorsport endurance driver alongside Rick Kelly, two years after Ingall has retired as a Supercars full-timer.
Since then he is solely made sporadic appearances on observe, together with a Bathurst 12 Hour outing in a BMW in 2017, a handful of Stadium Tremendous Truck drives and a partial TCR Australia programme in 2019.
Whereas he isn’t anticipating a scarcity of seat time to have an effect on his pace, Ingall claiming he has “no reservations about myself so far as acting on the observe”, the veteran is cautious of the strict check of his bodily health that awaits.
On the recommendation of reigning Bathurst Triple Crown winner Shane van Gisbergen, Ingall is already again within the gymnasium and dealing with a coach to assist put together for sprint-race tempo now frequent throughout the 1000 kilometres of racing.
“I believed I might by no means see one other gymnasium once more,” stated Ingall at as we speak’s announcement.
“It is again within the gymnasium. Julie, my spouse, is comfortable about as a result of she reckons I’ll look lots higher in six months time, so we have one fan already.
“I’ve received no reservations about myself so far as acting on the observe, however I spoke to Shane van Gisbergen not too way back and he stated ‘hey, prepare, you have to be bodily match as a result of the tempo is so quick at Bathurst [and] it is very demanding bodily contained in the automotive’. He stated ‘you higher soar again within the gymnasium’.
“That is precisely what I am doing, I’ve simply put a coach on so we’re again pounding the pavement, pounding the gymnasium, pounding these weights. We’ll get these weapons occurring once more and we’ll be proper come October.”
Ingall added that he expects to cop a little bit of flack from the “keyboard warriors” within the wake of as we speak’s announcement.
“Look, it is a little bit bit on the market,” he stated.
“All people goes to have a little bit of an opinion on this, each good and unhealthy. However are you aware what? That is what motorsport is about, having an opinion.
“That is going to be fairly controversial as soon as it will get on the market among the many fan base and the keyboard warriors will go exhausting, however I believe that is the great thing about the entire programme that Supercheap Auto and Triple Eight have put collectively. It is received the dynamics of interesting to each the younger up-and-coming viewers that comply with motorsport and Supercars, in addition to the previous boys – the Gray Military.
“That is about supporting youth and supporting Broc Feeney. On the finish of the day he is vying for a job in that Jamie Whincup retirement, that is what he is . If I can assist that, man, that’d be a great end result.”