Caniaba’s David Russell.
Caniaba’s David Russell.

Russell confident for Bathurst

FORMER Canaiba driver David Russell is excited to be part of Kelly Racing's five-car assault on this weekend's Bathurst 1000.

Russell will join Todd Kelly in the No.7 Jack Daniel's Commodore, with Kelly's brother Rick teaming up with Owen Kelly in the No.15 car.

Greg Murphy and Allan Simonsen will drive the No.11 Pepsi Max Commodore, David Reynolds and Tim Blanchard will compete in the No.16 Stratco Commodore and Grant Denyer and Cameron Waters will drive the No.77 Shannons Mars Commodore.

It's a massive logistical effort for Kelly Racing.

However, Russell believes the team won't be just about quantity, but also quality, after a disappointing enduro race at Phillip Island last month.

"I'm very confident heading into Bathurst," he said on the Kelly Racing website. "It's the sort of event that you look forward to every year. Bathurst is for me the pinnacle and the top part of the season, the event you really want to do well at.

"To get pole position and win both races in the Fujitsu Series round at Bathurst last year gives me confidence heading there this year.

"I feel like I've gelled very well with the team.

"Phillip Island didn't quite go how we wanted it to but heading into Bathurst I'm very confident that we will have a good package with our Jack Daniel's Commodore and be able to use it to full advantage in the race. It's really important for us to get a good, solid result and we can certainly achieve that."

Russell is signed with Kelly Racing for enduro drives only.


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