Finished: 16th – 1:30.9730s
Fastest: Fabian Coulthard – 1:30.1873s
Qualified: 20th – 1:31.5040s
Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:29.5422s
Race Ten (200kms / 45 Laps)
Winner: Fabian Coulthard
RECAP AND WORD FROM TIM
Today’s qualifying session set up Tim Slade and the Freightliner Racing team for a challenging day at office. As drivers were heading out for their final flying laps in qualifying Tim lit the timing screen up as he was fastest in the first sector, then lost front grip going into the hairpin in the second sector, which put a harsh end to his flying lap.
Not being able to bank a second lap saw him start from 20th, which is a huge difference from Tim’s usual average qualifying position of 10th.
For the 200km race the hunt for the Mustangs was on, as the Shell-V Power team locked out the front row. The race ran without safety car; so, it was all down to pit stop strategies. For Slade, he had to drive a long middle stint as the Freightliner Racing team kept him out for as long as they could. Their strategy - to send Slade back into the pack with fresher tyres to charge through the field; and that he did! Slade was the biggest mover of the day, finishing in 9th position. This also sees the duo of Tim and Nick Percat sitting 3rd in the teams’ championship.
After the two back to back events the team will return to Albury and start preparations for the Perth SuperNight event. With Easter just around the corner, Tim and everyone at Freightliner Racing take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Easter, and a reminder to stay safe when driving on the roads over the busy holiday period.
“The Freightliner crew worked quickly in the pit stop to tune it up a little bit and get the Freightliner Racing Commodore better balanced, as the first stint was a battle. Whilst I don’t feel like we had any massive outright speed, we got our way through the pack with decent tyre life and the strategy was the main thing that got us up the order.”
“Towards the end of the race I felt that I could repeat decent and consistent lap times which worked in our favour.”
“It’s been a tough weekend for us as it has been at the past here in Phillip Island, so 9th was a good recovery from a poor qualifying effort this morning.”
1 – Scott McLaughlin - 1058
2 – Fabian Coulthard – 934
3 – Chaz Mostert - 815
4 – Shane Van Gisbergen – 802
5 – David Reynolds - 791
8 – Tim Slade – 693
Round 5 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Pirtek Perth SuperNight
Barbagallo Waneroo Raceway, Perth
2-4 May 2019
Published: 14 April 2019.