Thursday 2nd May
Finished: 19th – 54.1170s
Fastest: Jamie Whincup – 53.4430s
Friday 3rd May
Finished: 21st – 53.9630s
Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 53.1252s
Qualified: 9th – 53.3678s
Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 52.8141s
Race Eleven – 120kms / 50 Laps
Winner: Fabian Coulthard
Barbagallo Raceway held its first ever VASC night race, making the Perth circuit the fourth venue to hold a VASC/ATCC race in championship history. Upping the ante from the Sydney Motorsport Park event last year, fans would be treated to not one, but two night races this weekend, kicking off with the usual SuperSprint format of one 120km race tonight, and another 200km race tomorrow.
After finishing practice in 21st, Tim fought his way through qualifying today, advancing in all sessions to make the top ten and ultimately qualifying in 9th. It was the upturn the Freightliner Racing team needed after being down the order in the opening practice sessions.
Tim took a longer pit strategy in today’s race, and with no safety cars, the order only changed slightly. Some drivers made gains through their stops, and some didn’t. Tim found himself in a group of cars all keeping good pace, but not having anything extra to battle in the final laps. The resurfacing of the Barbagallo circuit meant drivers were already going a whopping 2 seconds quicker than previous years and the long-standing lap record from 2004 was finally broken!
Barbagallo can expect even bigger crowds tomorrow, as the main event – the 200km race will get underway with an exciting driver introduction show and plenty of fireworks for the fans. When the sun sets, the Supercars will light up Barbagallo Raceway. For those who can’t make it trackside, coverage is only a click away on FOX Sports and Channel Ten.
THE WORD FROM TIM
“With the new surface at Barbagallo you felt like you we’re doing qualifying laps every single lap you were out there tonight. You’re not conserving, you’re attacking every lap.”
“We lacked a little bit of outright speed. The car wasn’t great towards end of first stint but then the car felt a bit better in the second stint. By that stage we’d lost the spots on the track and from there it was hard to pass; from Nick in 7th, back to us, we were all quite close in a battle group.”
“A few moves were made through strategy, then some stayed ahead and others didn’t. Ultimately we need a little bit more outright speed for the Freightliner Racing Supercar to hold onto its tyres a little better, which is really just about tuning that balance and the rest will come. Keen to see what we can do over the 200km tomorrow.”
Saturday 4th May
13:05-13:35 – Practice Three
14:50-15:00 – Qualifying Part One
15:05-15:15 – Qualifying Part Two
15:20-15:30 – Qualifying Part Three
18:45-20:15 – Race Twelve – 200kms / 83 Laps
Saturday 4th May
16:10 @ Merchandise Alley
16:30-17:00 @ Team Garages
Published: 03 May 2019.