Tim Slade will be competing in his familiar Alliance Truck Parts colors at this weekends’ Watpac Townsville 400, but underneath the yellow and black livery sees a change in chassis for the Freightliner Racing team.
The chassis Tim will be driving is BJR-006, the team’s sixth car of the future which debuted as a VF Commodore in 2016 and was last driven full-time in the Supercar championship by Nick Percat in 2017.
The same chassis was later converted to ZB specifications and has made a number of wild card appearances, most recently in this year’s championship driven by Jack Smith at Tasmania, Winton and Darwin, plus Tim Blanchards’ wild card appearance in Perth.
Team Boss Brad Jones explains “It’s no secret that all of our cars sustained a lot of damage across the Darwin weekend. With the travel and turnaround time between events, the pressure has really been on for the guys and girls in our team to do all the necessary repairs to the 14 (Freightliner), 8 and 21 Supercars.”
“The team do an incredible job under that immense pressure on race weekends to get the cars back out for the next race. When we get back to the workshop, the repair work is a lot more detailed and the 8 and 21 cars had to spend a bit of time on the jig and in the production shop to ensure they were all fixed. We basically turn the cars around to be like new again.”
“As a team we made the decision to use the BJR-006 chassis that we’ve used in the wild card events (for Jack Smith and Tim Blanchard) for Sladey in Townsville.”
“We wanted to spend a bit more time working on the Freightliner Racing Supercar, as we didn’t feel we had enough time to check over it and make the repairs we really needed to. Whilst we’re in Townsville, the team back home will spend the required time on it to ensure there are no niggling issues after Darwin.”
“At Townsville BJR are set celebrate our 600th race start (Saturdays race). It’s not something my brother Kim and I set out to achieve; a pretty big milestone to add to the record books. Hopefully we can have the opposite weekend to what we had in Darwin, everyone works so hard towards the same goal so it would be great to see that hard work and dedication pay off with a podium finish this weekend.”
The Freightliner Racing Coronado left the team’s hometown of Albury this past weekend, bound for the sunshine state of Queensland and will arrive in Townsville today.
Tim Slade will make his first appearance of the Townsville weekend at Thursday’s Supercar SuperWelcome; following the opening drivers parade, all of the Supercar drivers will arrive to The Strand at 5:30pm for a signing session. The on-track action begins Friday at 10:55am with practice one.
Published: 02 July 2019.