Finished: 8th – 1:09.6430s
Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:09.1926s
Qualified: 13th – 1:09.4075s
Pole Position: Scott McLaughlin – 1:08.6369s
Race 19 – 120kms/39 Laps
Winner: Jamie Whincup
Sunday 28th July
9:30-10:00 – Practice Four
11:20-12:00 – Qualifying (3 x 10-minute sessions - knockout style!)
14:10-15:30 – Race 20 – 200kms/65 Laps
THE RECAP AND WORD FROM TIM
The Freightliner Racing Supercar was off to a strong start today, with Tim claiming a spot inside the top ten in this mornings practice session. He then made it through to the second qualifying round, however narrowly missed the top ten and would start from 13th.
The race got underway in sunny conditions, with the Supercar pack all settling into a rhythm after the first few laps were completed. Slade one of the first to stop on lap 11, the Freightliner Racing team opting for an aggressive strategy which saw them complete a long stint to the finish line.
Pressure was on from a battle pack in the final laps with Heimgartner, Coulthard, Hazelwood and Reynolds all eager to claim a spot inside the ten. Tim was strong in holding them off, but it all came unstuck on the penultimate lap of the race.
Tim was on the radio advising the team that one of the pressure sensors had activated and the rear became extremely slippery. No sooner than those words were spoken, Tim was off the track and unable to cross the finish line. A harsh end to what would have been a solid result for the Freightliner Racing team.
“The Freightliner Racing Supercar was good enough to go with the strategy that we had, so we rolled the dice early with our pit stop knowing we could be aggressive on track.”
“We had the guys like Heimgartner, Reynolds and more behind us with 4 laps better tyre towards the end, chasing us hard. Once I defended them for a lap or two I think they’re tyres took a bit of a hit. I was comfortable in the position I was in and started pulling away again.”
“It felt like something was leaking onto the back tyres, it was starting to slide around, a pressure alarm went off; I had no power out of turn three, lights out at turn 4 and then I got sent off the track, not sure by who but the car basically stopped in front of that battle pack.”
“It is a shame to throw away what would have been a good result for the guys and girls at Freightliner Racing.”
Sunday 7th July
10:30-10:45 @ Freightliner Racing Stand, Merchandise Alley
Published: 27 July 2019.