Additional Drivers Session – Ash Walsh
Position: 19th – 1:29.2442s
Fastest: Craig Lowndes – 1:24.1662s
Finished: 19th – 1:21.2122s
Fastest: Chaz Mostert – 1:19.6424s
Finished: 19th – 1:31.9037s
Pole Position: Chaz Mostert – 1:20.6224s
Race Thirteen (120kms / 40 Laps)
Winner: Scott McLaughlin
Sunday 26th May
9:20-9:50 – Practice Two
11:10-11:20 – Qualifying Part One
11:25-11:35 – Qualifying Part Two
11:40-11:50 – Qualifying Part Three
13:45-15:25 – Race Fourteen (200kms / 67 Laps)
RACE RECAP & THE WORD FROM ENGINEER - TECH TONY
The Winton circuit is typically a happy hunting ground for Tim Slade and the Albury based Freightliner Racing team, but mixed conditions caught many drivers and teams out in this morning’s practice and qualifying sessions.
Stanaway brought out the red flag late in practice one, just as most drivers were doing their final flying laps, aiming to get inside the top ten; which would see them progress through to the latter part of the qualifying rounds. With no flying lap banked, Slade would start in the first qualifying session, aiming to progress forward.
During the opening qualifying session, drivers were gearing up for the next round of flying laps, when the rain arrived! Whilst the drivers did all they could to bank a lap early, the usual strategies were completely wiped out.
The track dried over the next two qualifying sessions, with times dramatically reducing and Chaz Mostert scored himself another Winton pole position.
Tim started the race from 19th, and the charge forward began! He got a great start in the Freightliner Racing Commodore, moving up a couple of spots, then with good car speed he stayed out for one of the longer stints to make the most of it. After the re-join he was slowed by traffic; but was further again up the order and crossed the line a total of 5 spots up in 14th.
“We had reasonable car speed in the Freightliner Racing Supercar today but didn’t get to maximise it how we wanted. We didn’t get our green tyre run in during the first practice session due the red flag, and only got in one flying lap on slicks.”
“In qualifying it was difficult to predict the conditions and we missed the mark with pressures which hurt us with how the format is, you only really get one shot at getting it right, and we call got it wrong.”
“I think the strategy was ok today, however our race was heavily dictated by traffic. We planned on finishing our pit stop and coming out in clean air, but in the release and re-join we just got pipped by Will Davison which hurt us. I think we had good pace on some guys in front on older tyres but just couldn’t get to them by the end of the race. It would have been nice to get a couple spots further up and get into the ten.”
Published: 25 May 2019.