Ingall will substitute for injured Chaz Mostert at the Gold Coast

RUSSELL Ingall has extended his V8 Supercars super-sub role to a third race — but not with the Holden Racing Team.

Instead, ‘The Enforcer’ will cross the floor to the Prodrive Racing Australia squad to race in place of the injured Chaz Mostert at the Gold Coast 600, in what will be his 250th career race start in the sport.

Ingall was drafted out of a brief retirement to get behind the wheel of the No. 22 HRT car at the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 in place of the injured James Courtney, who is now expected to return to racing at the Gold Coast event.

Ironically, it is that recent experience behind the wheel of one of the sport’s New Generation machines, along with his wealth of V8 race miles over his decorated career, that made Ingall the team’s chief choice to replace Mostert.

And he’s aiming high.

“There’d be no reason at all why we couldn’t get a pretty reasonable result; definitely a top five result,” Ingall said.

Ingall has fond memories of both the Gold Coast streets and Ford machinery; he took the 2003 round win there in his maiden season with Stone Brothers Racing, while he took the most recent podium finish of his career at the 2013 event.

FOX SPORTS has given Ingall its blessing to extend his return to the cockpit, slotting in as co-driver while Waters is elevated to the role of the car’s main driver.

“Thankfully with the format of racing, when the races are actually on myself, Mark Skaife and Jessica hand over to the commentary team so it’s actually worked in quite good that they’ve allowed me to do this,” he added.

“It brings more of an insight into what happens behind the scenes with some of these top race teams and obviously Prodrive at the moment is the top team and it’s the one everyone’s chasing so it’s going to be good to actually get in and find out the reasons why they’re doing all this winning.”

Although Prodrive team principal Tim Edwards told FOX SPORTS that local and international drivers were available options, Ingall’s vast knowledge of the Surfers Paradise streets made him the best choice.

“It’s great to have Russell on board. He has a lot of experience at the Gold Coast circuit which was what we were looking for,” Edwards said.

“Our aim is to keep our lead in the team’s championship so that means avoiding a DNF next week. Russell has also worked with our car No. 6 race engineer Adam De Borre so they already know how the other operates which will make the process that much easier.

“Practice on Friday will be really important for both of them but particularly for Russell who will need to acclimatise with the car.”