Qualified: 15th – 1:12.9440s
Provisional Pole Position: Shane Van Gisbergen – 1:12.2588s
Top Ten Shootout
Pole Position: Shane Van Gisbergen
Race 18 – 200kms / 70 Laps
Winner: Shane Van Gisbergen
THE WORD FROM TIM
Townsville turned on its shine for the last day of its 10th anniversary Supercars event today, however a red flag interrupted the flow of this mornings qualifying session, and saw Tim qualify in 15th.
After showing good pace in yesterdays 200km race, Tim and the Freightliner Racing team knew they had to dig deep and make a charge in todays 200km battle. Tim managed to avoid the first lap fury, and on his first stop the team made a quick change to the rear of the Freightliner Racing Commodore. Tim settled into the race and made his final stop on lap 44 with 26 laps to drive it home.
A late safety car was seen again in todays race, with the restart shaking up the order in the final 6 lap dash. Tim managed to fight his way home to 15th position, and now sits 11th in the championship. The Freightliner Racing team will stay on in Townsville this week to prepare the cars for the upcoming Ipswich event in two weeks’ time.
“It was a disappointing weekend, when qualifying in the group that we are, you can easily look good in the mix like we did yesterday, or a bit average like we did today. That’s the part of the field you are in and one tenth can make you or break you, it’s so close.
“We didn’t have enough speed to move forward in the race today and looking at that final safety car a few cars behind us pitted and made up a few spots. I think we may have been able to do similar today, it’s a risk you take, which we didn’t today. Overall we walk away from Townsville with a much better result than last year.”
1 – Scott McLaughlin - 2033
2 – Shane Van Gisbergen – 1902
3- David Reynolds - 1646
4 – Jamie Whincup - 1630
5 – Craig Lowndes - 1602
11th – Tim Slade – 1229
Round 9 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint
20 – 22 July
Published: 08 July 2018.