Aaren Russell (born 22 August 1991) is an Australian motor-racing driver in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

Career history

Junior formulae

In 2008 and 2009, Russell competed in the NSW Formula Vee championship, a stepping stone taken by several current main series V8 Supercars drivers. After placing 8th in his 2008 rookie season and 2nd in 2009, the Development V8 Supercar Series, the second tier of V8 Supercars racing, became his next target.

Development Series

Russell moved into the Development Series in 2010 with family team Novocastrian Motorsport. His debut year saw him finish 9th in the championship. While he matched this feat in 2013, he would not improve on this championship position until 2014, when he finished 7th. During the 2014 Dunlop Series, Aaren received two round podiums, one at Queensland Raceway and one at Sydney Olympic Park. In the 2015 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series, Russell moved teams to drive for Paul Morris Motorsport.

Supercars Championship

In 2015, Russell, alongside his brother Drew Russell, competed in the 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in a wildcard entry run by family team Novocastrian Motorsport.[1] The entry finished 17th and on the lead lap.[2]

In 2016, Russell signed for Erebus Motorsport to drive a Holden VF Commodore in the 2016 International V8 Supercars Championship, which will be his first full-time drive in the main series.[3] This relationship ended after the Townsville round when major sponsor Plus Fitness dropped their support for the team. He then joined Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport to partner Andre Heimgartner in the Pirtek Enduro Cup series.[4]

In 2017, he returned to the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport team for initially three rounds starting at the Townsville 400, but including the Bathurst 1000 and Newcastle 500.[5] This deal was later extended to include the Sandown 500 and Gold Coast 600.[6]

For 2018 he will run as co-driver to Heimgartner at Nissan Motorsport for the endurance races.[7] He won the co-driver qualifying race at the Sandown 500 after a mid-race hailstorm disrupted the race order.[8] The pairing finished 16th and were the last car on the lead lap at the 2018 Bathurst 1000.

Career results

Season Series Position Car Team
2008 Australian Formula Vee National Series 10th Elfin NG - VW Novocastrian Motorsport
2009 Australian Formula Vee National Series 5th Stinger - VW Novocastrian Motorsport
2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series 9th Ford BF Falcon Novocastrian Motorsport
2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series 13th Ford BF Falcon Novocastrian Motorsport
2012 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series 15th Ford BF Falcon Novocastrian Motorsport
2013 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series 9th Ford FG Falcon Novocastrian Motorsport
2014 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series 7th Ford FG Falcon Novocastrian Motorsport
2015 V8 Supercars Dunlop Series 11th Ford FG Falcon Paul Morris Motorsport
International V8 Supercars Championship 52nd Holden VF Commodore Novocastrian Motorsport
2016 International V8 Supercars Championship 28th Holden VF Commodore Erebus Motorsport
Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 48th Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 42nd Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport

Complete Supercars Championship results

Supercars results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Position Points
2015 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
ADE
R3
SYM
R4
SYM
R5
SYM
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
BAR
R9
WIN
R10
WIN
R11
WIN
R12
HID
R13
HID
R14
HID
R15
TOW
R16
TOW
R17
QLD
R18

PO
QLD
R19

PO
QLD
R20

PO
SMP
R21
SMP
R22
SMP
R23
SAN
R24
52nd 108
Novocastrian Motorsport BAT
R25

17
PUK
R28
PUK
R29
PUK
R30
2016 Erebus Motorsport Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

25
ADE
R2

22
ADE
R3

DNS
SYM
R4

23
SYM
R5

17
PHI
R6

25
PHI
R7

22
BAR
R8

25
BAR
R9

24
WIN
R10

24
WIN
R11

24
HID
R12

22
HID
R13

19
TOW
R14

22
TOW
R15

21
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
SMP
R18
SMP
R19
28th 627
Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport SAN
QR

17
SAN
R20

19
BAT
R21

Ret
SUR
R22

13
SUR
R23

Ret
PUK
R24
PUK
R25
PUK
R26
PUK
R27
SYD
R28
SYD
R29
2017 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
PHI
R5
PHI
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
WIN
R9
WIN
R10
HID
R11
HID
R12
TOW
R13

22
TOW
R14

25
QLD
R15
QLD
R16
SMP
R17
SMP
R18
SAN
QR

20
SAN
R19

Ret
BAT
R20

17
SUR
R21

Ret
SUR
R22

Ret
PUK
R23

21
PUK
R24

21
NEW
R25

Ret
NEW
R26

19
48th 309
2018 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 ADE
R1
ADE
R2
MEL
R3
MEL
R4
MEL
R5
MEL
R6
SYM
R7
SYM
R8
PHI
R9
PHI
R10
BAR
R11
BAR
R12
WIN
R13

PO
WIN
R14

PO
HID
R15
HID
R16
TOW
R17
TOW
R18
QLD
R19

PO
QLD
R20

PO
SMP
R21
BEN
R22
BEN
R23
SAN
QR

1
SAN
R24

14
BAT
R25

16

19

C
PUK
R28
PUK
R29
NEW
R30
NEW
R31
42nd 288

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2015 Novocastrian Motorsport Holden Commodore VF Australia Drew Russell 17th 161
2016 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden Commodore VF New Zealand Andre Heimgartner DNF 114
2017 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden Commodore VF Australia Taz Douglas 17th 154
2018 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 New Zealand André Heimgartner 16th 161

References

  1. ^ "Russell brothers team up for Bathurst wildcard". Speed Cafe. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Lowndes scores sixth Bathurst 1000 victory". Speed Cafe. 11 October 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Aaren Russell in shock Erebus signing". Speed Cafe. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  4. ^ Stefan Bartholomaeus (9 September 2016). "Russell secures Supercars return with LDM". Speed Cafe. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  5. ^ Stefan Bartholomaeus (6 July 2017). "Russell secures three-event LDM deal". SuperCars. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Russell adds Sandown, GC 600 to LDM program". speedcafe.com. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Nissan Motorsport confirms enduro driver line-ups". 20 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Sandown 500: Russell wins wild first qualifying race".

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