Newcastle driver Aaren Russell said he was thrilled to be “running inside the top 10 with the big boys” in his Supercars comeback race at Sandown on Sunday.
Russell returned to the championship as a co-driver for Kiwi Andre Heimgartner in the Sandown 500, where the pair finished 19th.
The 25-year-old had struggled near the tail of the field with Erebus Motorsport before he and the team parted ways in July, but he said he had taken away “lots of positives” after his debut with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.
“Pretty pumped wth today's race, good start, cool suit failed on lap 1, was running inside the 10 with the big boys but got shunted in the door which kinda ruined the run a little,” Russell told his social media followers.
“Unfortunately with the Coms failure we missed the option to pit, putting us a lap down!! @andreheimgartner did an awesome job clawing a few spots back for us. I'm really really happy with our potential, was so good to race people up the front!!!”
Russell and Heimgartner will now turn their attention to the Bathurst 1000 in three weeks. Russell and brother Drew finished 17th there last year as a wildcard entry.