Qualified: 11th – 1:19.8375s // Provisional Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:19.4625s
Top Ten Shootout
Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin
Race Two – 250kms/78 Laps
Finished: 4th // Winner: Scott McLaughlin
THE RECAP & WORD FROM TIM
It was a case of deja-vu for Tim Slade in this mornings’ qualifying session, putting the Freightliner Racing Commodore into 11th for the start of todays final race on the streets of Adelaide.
The street fight got underway in cooler conditions today, with the temperature just rising above 30 degrees. The team alternated the pit stop strategy today, with Slade pitting on lap 14, then again on lap 26 when we saw the one and only safety car for the weekend. Chaos brewed in pit lane as most car rushed to the pits, then Rick Kelly turned Chaz Mostert almost blocking the pit lane exit. Tim was able to get around while others were held up. He made his final stop on lap 39, then it was a race to the finish!
The Freightliner Racing Supercar showed better speed, giving Tim the power he needed to pass cars on track. That combined with avoiding the pit lane drama saw him jump up considerably in the order. It was just the turnaround Tim was looking for, bringing the Freightliner Racing Supercar home in 4th place!
TIM “The change in car from yesterday to today was an improvement, but still not exactly where I want it to be. I’m feeling like we’ve struggled with the race car for the latter part of last year, and today was the first positive step we’ve had in a while. It’s nice to be finish inside the top five again.”
1 – Scott McLaughlin - 300
2 – Shane Van Gisbergen - 258
3 – Jamie Whincup - 234
4 – Will Davison - 210
5 – Nick Percat – 207
9 – Tim Slade – 174
Round 2 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
The Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 (& Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix)
Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
14-17 March 2019
Published: 03 March 2019.