Position: 14th – 1:09.4530s
Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:09.0645s
Qualified: 15th – 1:09.1609s
Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:08.5014s
Race 19 – 120kms / 40 Laps
Winner: Scott McLaughlin
Sunday 22nd July
10:40 – 11:00 – Qualifying
14:05 – 15:35 – Race 20 – 200kms / 67 Laps
The sun was shining for today’s 120-kilometre race at the Queensland Raceway ‘Paperclip’. The opening race was led and won, start to finish by Scott McLaughlin, who managed to keep the three Red-Bull Holden Racing Commodores at bay.
Tim Slade got a great start to the race, and the team knew early that they would have Tim do a longer stint to give him better tyres to make a final dash to the finish line. Tim pitted on lap 23 and had 16 laps left to fight. He was in a battle pack in the latter laps but was struggling to get the Freightliner Commodore through the traffic. Tim said the Freightliner Racing Commodore was competitive and is eager to do some fine tuning overnight to get that little bit more out of it for tomorrow’s 200-kilometer race.
THE WORD FROM TIM
“It is hard to pass here at Queensland Raceway, you really need good speed to get past cars when the opportunity arises. It’s such a simple circuit, so drivers can tackle it a number of different ways depending on what works for their cars.”
“We were caught at the back of a battle pack, so it was Tander, Stanaway, Kelly and I all vying for position in the final laps. I was chipping away at the gap lap by lap; but didn’t have enough to make the moves.”
“The Freightliner Racing Commodore was competitive, so we really want to qualify in a better spot tomorrow as it makes that fight forward a little bit easier.”
MEET TIM – AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS
Sunday 22nd July
11:40 – 11:55 @ Merchandise Alley
12:00 – 12:30 @ Team Transporters
Published: 21 July 2018.