Nissan Motorsport has become the latest team to finalise its co-driver appointments for this year’s V8 Supercars Championship Pirtek Enduro Cup rounds at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast.

The four-car outfit will pair co-drivers David Russell, Dean Fiore, Matt Campbell and former series champion Russell Ingall to partner Dale Wood, Michael Caruso, Todd Kelly and Rick Kelly respectively.

Thirty-four-year-old Russell will contest his sixth successive endurance campaign with the Victorian squad, which became a factory Nissan operation in 2013. Russell has spent the past two Enduro Cups as co-driver to Rick Kelly – the pair peaked with a fine second place in the closing race at Surfers Paradise – but now moves on to partner Dale Wood in the #96 GB Galvanising entry.

The less-expected signing among the quartet was Porsche Carrera Cup youngster Matt Campbell, who will make his V8 Supercars debut in the #7 Carsales Altima alongside team co-owner and former Bathurst 1000 winner Todd Kelly.

Meanwhile, V8 Supercars comeback king Russell Ingall will be back behind the wheel in 2016 as co-driver to Rick Kelly.

Confirmation of the veteran’s drive was made just one week after testing for the squad at Winton, which was his first ever outing in a Nissan Altima.

Ingall announced his retirement from racing at the end of 2014, only to return with the Holden Racing Team last year as a substitute for the injured James Courtney at Sandown and Bathurst. When Prodrive Racing’s Chaz Mostert was injured in qualifying at Bathurst, he jumped ship as a ‘super sub’ for the Gold Coast 600.

Just seven co-driver seats are up for grabs. Erebus Motorsport is yet to confirm either co-driver role, while the four-car Prodrive Racing stable still has three seats up for grabs. The two-car Garry Rogers Motorsport and Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport teams have one seat apiece still to be confirmed.

2016 V8 Supercars Championship – Pirtek Enduro Cup Driver Pairings
# Team / Entry Lead Driver Co-Driver
1. Prodrive Racing Australia Mark Winterbottom Dean Canto / TBA
2. Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Warren Luff
3. Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Andre Heimgartner TBA
4. Erebus Motorsport V8 Aaren Russell TBA
6. Prodrive Racing Australia Cameron Waters Dean Canto / TBA
9. Erebus Motorsport V8 David Reynolds TBA
7. Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Matt Campbell
8. Brad Jones Racing Jason Bright Andrew Jones
12. DJR Team Penske Fabian Coulthard Luke Youlden
14. Brad Jones Racing Tim Slade Ash Walsh
15. Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Russell Ingall
17. DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Tony D’Alberto
18. Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Lee Holdsworth Karl Reindler
19. TEKNO Autosports Will Davison Jonathon Webb
21. Brad Jones Racing Tim Blanchard Macauley Jones
22. Holden Racing Team James Courtney Jack Perkins
23. Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Dean Fiore
33. Volvo Polestar Racing Scott McLaughlin David Wall / TBA
34. Volvo Polestar Racing James Moffat David Wall / TBA
47. Walkinshaw Racing Tim Slade Tony D’Alberto
55. Rod Nash Racing Chaz Mostert TBA
88. Triple Eight Race Engineering Jamie Whincup Paul Dumbrell
97. Triple Eight Race Engineering Shane van Gisbergen Alexandre Premat
99. Nissan Motorsport Dale Wood David Russell
111. Super Black Racing Chris Pither TBA
222. Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Nick Percat Oliver Gavin
888. Triple Eight Race Engineering Craig Lowndes Steven Richards

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