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Trevor Collett | Jul, 06 2013 | 1 Comment

V8 Supercar driver Russell Ingall has become the first driver in the category to be recognised by Guinness World Records (GWR).

The 49 year-old Supercheap Auto Racing driver marks his 226th start in Australian touring car racing during this weekend’s Sucrogen Townsville 400, and was presented with a certificate from GWR during the week.

As V8 Supercars now features regular races outside Australia, GWR recognises it as an international series.

“To be the most-capped driver is definitely an honour,” Ingall said.

“I’m proud my kids will have something to look at when they flick open the Guinness Book of World Records and see their dad’s name.”

Ingall celebrated being the “most capped driver” by balancing 10 caps on his head in the shortest possible time, achieving the feat in 7.86 seconds. We’re not sure if GWR will recognise that one.

Ingall’s VF Commodore will carry a special "226 Starts" graphic on its roof throughout the race meeting, featuring a list of all the venues where Ingall has competed.

 

Bumper Bathurst 12 Hour Grid

Erebus Motorsport will be amongst 24 entries already confirmed for the 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour, returning to defend its crown from this year’s race.

Event organisers have predicted another bumper field, with 14 entries received on the opening weekend alone.

By the end of June, 24 entries had been received at a time when there was still 225 days until the race start.

Clearwater Racing has also returned to the event, with the team hoping its Ferrari 458 GT3 can improve on the third-place finish in 2012 and second-place finish this year to stand on top of the podium in 2014.

While Erebus Motorsport has only confirmed the entry of one Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 and is yet to confirm a driver line-up, the team is looking to enter a second car in the hope of achieving the one-two finish that eluded them at this year’s race.

"Winning the race this year definitely gave us international recognition," Erebus Motorsport’s Barry Ryan said.

"Outside of the efforts setting up our V8 Supercar program, winning the 2013 race was the biggest thing that has happened to us as a team. We committed hard to it and it paid off."

Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour administrator Alexandra Zylstra said the event had already attracted entries from Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia and was “very positive” about filling the 55 available grid spaces.

The 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour will take place at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, from 7-9 February.

 
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