Qualified: 10th – 1m12.4717s
Provisional Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1m12.1193s
Top Ten Shootout
Pole Position: Cam Waters
Race 18 – 200kms
Winner: Shane Van Gisbergen
Tim got a fantastic start to the final day of racing in Townsville, qualifying 10th to secure a coveted spot in the Top Ten Shootout! Times were extremely close in the session, with only 3 tenths of a second covering the top ten. Tim was able to gain another spot in the shootout and would start the 200km street fight from 9th in the Alliance Truck Parts Supercar.
The race was about to go green as a light rain started to fall on the Reid Park circuit. It wasn’t enough to force drivers onto the wet weather tyres, but made for a greasy track, and slower lap times. Everyone slid their way around the first few laps, and Tim suffered a flat tyre from contact with James Courtney which saw him spear across the circuit. Luckily, he was close to the pit entry and was able to get back quickly for his next set of Dunlop tyres. Tim re-joined in 22nd.
A safety car was called on lap 20, and the Freightliner Racing team opted to make the most of it, pitting Tim again for his second stop. After a hectic restart, Tim was making his way forward. With the rain increasing, drivers were back in the pits by lap 30 for the wet weather Dunlop tyres. Tim was in 13th. A late clash with De Silvestro saw Tim cop a 15 second penalty for the contact, and his 10th placing dropped to a final result of 12th. It was one of the most dramatic races we’ve had in some time, with plenty of action from start to finish.
“It was awesome to make the top ten shootout in Townsville today. I completed the shootout lap on used tyres, so we knew we wouldn’t be able to fully maximise the one lap dash, however we did move up a spot to start the race from 9th.”
“Across the weekend we’ve tried a few things in the front end of the Freightliner Racing car and in Nick’s Elite Roads Supercar. It’s one of the standard things with a multiple car team, we all try things and it just helps us find the desired results that little bit quicker. I found a couple of things I liked and it helped get us into the shootout today.”
“We got a rough start to our race today, JC (James Courtney) moved across on me at the start and popped the tyre off the rim so we stopped to fixed that and I fought back to a reasonable spot. Once the rain increased we had to double stack in the pits for wets. Just those things out of our control. The Freightliner car had decent pace all race, and my engineer Tony was also giving me that feedback on the radio throughout. I think if we got off to a better start we could have shown off our pace more today and easily been inside the ten.”
1 – Scott McLaughlin - 2168
2 – Fabian Coulthard - 1876
3 – Shane Van Gisbergen - 1669
4 – Chaz Mostert - 1640
5 – David Reynolds – 1634
12 – Tim Slade - 1149
Round Nine of the Virgin Australia Supercar Championship
Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint
26-28 July 2019
Published: 07 July 2019.