D-day looms for V8 gun Courtney

In 1995, Russell Ingall won his first Bathurst 1000 as fellow great Larry Perkins’ co-driver.

Twenty years later he looks set for another crack at Mount Panorama – teaming up with Perkins’ son Jack.

Ingall, 51, is expected to officially get the nod for his 24th Great Race start on Wednesday, replacing injured V8 Supercars star James Courtney.

Holden Racing Team (HRT) gun Courtney is not expected to overcome five broken ribs and a punctured lung suffered in a freak accident at August’s Sydney round.

Ingall came out of an eight month retirement at last month’s Sandown 500 to fill in for Courtney, who was struck in pitlane by signage propelled by a low flying helicopter at Sydney.

Remarkably Ingall nabbed a top-10 finish with Perkins at Sandown, the traditional Bathurst warm-up.

And he appears set for more heroics when HRT mark their 25th anniversary on the mountain.

Ingall has already been cleared from commentary duties with TV broadcaster Fox Sports in order to again fill Courtney’s seat.

He has also been hitting the gym with Courtney’s trainer in preparation for Bathurst.

HRT had been tipped to make the final call on Courtney’s fitness on Wednesday – 24 hours before practice starts on Mount Panorama.

Courtney has been trying to fast track his recovery by undergoing a procedure that sends electrical pulses to numb the nerve endings around his tender ribs.

Ingall claimed his other Bathurst title in 1997 with Perkins senior, who shares the record for most podiums in the epic enduro – a whopping 12.

Craig Lowndes can claim the outright mark if he finishes in the 2015 race’s top three.

Perkins senior conquered the mountain six times – just three short of record holder, the legendary Peter Brock.

Ingall looks set to return to Mount Panorama for one last hurrah but another familiar face won’t be.

This year’s Bathurst 1000 will mark the first time since 1975 that neither V8 great Dick Johnson or his son Steven will compete in the Great Race.

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