RUSSELL BROTHERS DETERMINED TO SHINE AT SEASON FINALE WITH FRESH SUPPORT
As the final round of the season nears, Newcastle brothers, Drew and Aaren Russell are armed with fresh support from Big Wheel Tyre & Auto, Villtruck and Workible the team ready for another challenge to unfold in the concrete canyon that is the streets of Homebush; the Novocastrian Motorsport duo determined to make this one count as they push further inside the Dunlop V8 Supercar series’ top ten standings.
Proving consistency on track, with a team committed to the courage to perform, season 2013 has elevated the brothers into the tough battle of the head pack, and the lead up to the Sydney 500 weekend finale has seen the comb become finer again as the team brushed through the point by point process of preparing the now Big Wheel and CEG Rentals Ford Falcon FGs to come full circle, in search of success at the place the Russell’s took control of their latest weapons just 12 months ago.
For elder brother Drew, the last round at Mount Panorama set up a strong season finish for the Big Wheel Falcon, his power steering gremlins seemingly sorted ahead of the last blast as he heads to the street circuit to commence an impressive 46th round of the series, edging closer to the magic 100th race start. Having been comfortably inside the round top ten on two of his four visits, the #58 driver is confident of staking his claim at the pointy end once more, saying,
“I think coming into Homebush’s end to the season I’m quite confident.
“It’s a track where I feel that I have gone well in the past, and so far this year we have been quite strong on street circuits so I can’t wait to get out there with this, I suppose you would call it ‘new’ car, and see what I can do.
“On my side of the garage we are carrying a fair bit of momentum with the last three rounds all being good results, so I really want to keep that momentum going and be up in the top five again to end the season on a high.”
In the #59 side of the garage, Bathurst’s penultimate round was character building, but with the damage repaired and another new lease on life at the ready, the younger Russell will commence his 28th round of the series, and despite having completed half as many laps of the Homebush streets as brother Drew, Aaren is well aware of what lies ahead, explaining,
“This year has been full of ups and downs, and with this being the last races of the year, I want to finish at the front, it’s the last chance of the season to prove what I’m really capable of.
“I’m attacking this weekend with a little bit of a different attitude, and at the end of the day qualifying is where it is all at. I need to perform in qualifying to start up the front and then it’s all ahead.
“I’ve really enjoyed racing the Homebush circuit, it was by far one of my strongest tracks last year, and with a fourth at Townsville being my best result, we think that we can go even better than that. The CEG Rentals FG has the pace, so we just need to find its sweet spot to get the most out of it!
“Tim Slade did an outstanding job in this car last year at Homebush, and now that I have it, I want to do the same. I think we really have the potential to surprise a lot of people this weekend, and I intend to do so!”
Novocastrian Motorsport is proudly supported by Big Wheel Tyre & Auto, CEG Rentals, Hunter Kitchen King, Villtruck, Carrington Equipment Group, Steve Koulis Smash Repairs, Workible, PRTS, Valvoline, Dutts Cutts, and Century Batteries.