Qualified: 17th – 1:08.6103s
Provisional Pole Position: Jamie Whincup – 1:07.8389s
Race for the Grid One
Winner: Aaren Russell
Race for the Grid Two
Winner: David Reynolds
Sunday 16th September
10:15 – 10:35 – Warm Up
13:20 – 16:50 – Race 24 – 500kms
Today was all about qualifying for tomorrow’s 500 kilometre race, and the focus was kept well fixed on the skies, as the rain and hail that was forecast, made its way trackside.
Drivers did the usual qualifying session, then two 60km races were to determine the final grid. Co-drivers hopped in for the first 60kms, and where they finished is where the main drivers would start the next 60km race. These final results then determine the starting grid for tomorrow.
Ash got the first race underway, conditions seeing him having a less than ideal start to the race. He was battling away when another car was tagged on the front straight, causing a safety car. The race restarted when hail belted onto the main straight of the circuit. Half of the field took the option to pit, the other half stayed out and took the risk that the hail would subside. The drivers that stayed out got the advantage, and for many drivers, including Ash is resulted in a big jump up in the order. He finished the co-driver race in 7th.
Tim finished the main drivers race in 8th position, solidifying the top ten starting position for tomorrow. The team will have a short warm up session in the morning with some final driver change practices, then it’s 500km to determine the first Pirtek Endurance Cup round winners.
THE WORD FROM TIM / ASH
ASH “It wasn’t a great start to the race, I felt like there was no grip so the car just stood there when I was needing it to take off. Once we finally got into it the Freightliner Supercar had really good pace and I was happy with how it performed on track.”
“It was a super late call on the restart for drivers to pit, and the split second decision caught a few out, but for us, it worked to our advantage. I managed to get inside the top ten and pass a couple of cars towards the finish. It puts Sladey in a good starting point for the next race and hopefully we are starting the Sandown 500 in a similar position tomorrow.”
TIM “The Freightliner Racing Commodore performed well today and it gave us a few ideas on what we need to do to improve the car for tomorrow. A couple of small changes, like trying to get a bit more confidence on the corner exits to get on the throttle that little bit earlier, just to make sure we get the most out of it over the 500kms.”
“It’s a long way so you’re looking to get consistency in how the car performs. It’s great to be starting inside the top ten, so looking forward to seeing what Ash and I can achieve tomorrow.”
MEET TIM & ASH –
Sunday 16th September
11:30 – 12:00 – Autograph Session @ front of Team Transporters
Published: 15 September 2018.