Position: 18th – 1m12.6821 // Provisional Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1m12.0307
Top Ten Shootout
Winner: Scott McLaughlin
Race 14 – 200kms/70 Laps
Finished: DNF // Winner: Jamie Whincup
Townsville continues to be treacherous for Tim Slade and Freightliner Racing. After a great start by Tim he had charged forward to sit inside the top 15. Just as the drivers were approaching the final turn on lap 3, Fabian Coulthard dived to the inside and used Slade as his brake marker, spinning him around and putting him down to 26th position. Coulthard later received a time penalty for the incident.
The team turned to strategy in an effort to get Tim back in the race to fight for position, however Tim reported engine issues which forced him to retire on the inside of turn 13 on lap 29. It has been a fair battle for the team this weekend, unfortunately being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. The team will regroup at the workshop later this week, then have their second test day of the season between now and the Ipswich event.
1 – Scott McLaughlin - 1608
2 – Jamie Whincup - 1602
3 – Fabian Coulthard - 1450
4 – Shane Van Gisbergen - 1377
5 – Chaz Mostert - 1257
14 – Tim Slade - 792
Round 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint
28-30 July 2017
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Published: 09 July 2017.