Finished: 14th – 1:19.5903s
Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:18.9202s
Qualified: 19th – 1:19.9502s
Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:18.5233s
Race Fourteen (200kms / 67 Laps)
Winner: Scott McLaughlin
RACE RECAP & THE WORD FROM TIM
Winton turned on sunny, yet super cool conditions for the final day of racing today. Tim matched his qualifying efforts of yesterday, an unusual 19th placing, in comparison to his average qualifying position of 10th. Knowing the Freightliner Racing Supercar had plenty of potential to move forward, it was all about the fight forward from here.
Tim moved up a couple of spots on the opening lap after a great start to the 67-lap race, but the pit stop would soon un-do Tim’s hard work on track. A stall and subsequent start motor issue saw Tim lose valuable time in the pit lane, re-joining outside the top twenty. The saving grace was a safety car on lap 58. The Freightliner Racing team opted to pit Tim for fresher tyres and send him back out for one shot at getting back up the order.
Tim re-joined in 17th and when the safety car finally left the track, the Supercars had 5 laps remaining to make their final moves. With Tim being one of the very few drivers to take tyres, it was the right call for him today, he charged forward to cross the finish line in 12th.
“I got a good start to the race in the Freightliner Racing Commodore, moving up a couple of spots however the first pit stop cost us a lot of time. A stall in the stop led to an issue with the starter motor, but it all seemed to get going again so we pressed on but lost the spots we’d made up initially, and then some.”
“The late safety car helped us out and get us back in a reasonable position. When you are down the order like that you really don’t have anything to lose, so we got fresher tyres on and charged in the final laps.”
“On the whole we couldn’t achieve the results we wanted this weekend. We de-brief tomorrow and will need to work hard in between now and Darwin to unlock what we can to get further up the grid.”
Round 7 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown
Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin, NT
14-16 June 2019
1 – Scott McLaughlin - 1646
2 – Fabian Coulthard -1402
3 – Shane Van Gisbergen - 1231
4 – David Reynolds - 1220
5 – Jamie Whincup - 1168
10 – Tim Slade - 972
Published: 26 May 2019.