Finished: Position 12th – 1:01.9465
Fastest: Jamie Whincup – 1:01.5620
Top Ten Shootout
Qualified: Position 12th
Pole Position: Jamie Whincup – 1:01.6666
Race 24 – 200kms/ 70 Laps
Finished: Position 18th
Winner: Scott McLaughlin
RECAP – A tough day all round and unfortunately like previous years, Pukekohe continued its tough streak. Still trying to find rear grip Tim struggled in Qualifying and unfortunately missing out on the Top Ten Shootout, finishing in P12. Not till after the session also realising, he had a damper failure to add to this.
Although getting a great start off the line Tim’s luck unfortunately didn’t improve with Heimgartner outlaying some heavy hits in the opening laps. The team new Tim had a fast race car so opted to pit him early, sending him out with clear air and free of traffic. Reynolds bought out a safety car and unfortunately it incorrectly picked up the wrong leader sending Tim plus many others who pitted early down the pack. Ultimately this mistake cost Tim and the Machineryhouse Racing Supercar the race. Tim finished Race 24 in P18 and one he would rather forget.
The focus now shifts to a pre-Bathurst test in the coming week. Tim knows he has the car speed to be competitive. The team will re-group and focus on heading to Mount panorama with a strong set-up strategy.
THE WORD FROM TIM
“A hard day and everything just kept going wrong. It’s upsetting as I know I have a strong race car, but it just wasn’t my day. It was one thing after another. The Safety Car in the race really screwed me over so I just had to find my rhythm and get through to the end of the race. A day I’d like to forget!
Thank you to Machineryhouse for the support over the weekend, it’s been a privilege carrying the tribute livery in memory of JR. And thank you to everyone for coming out to support us here on track. Although I haven’t had the best track record in Auckland, I really enjoy coming here.
The team and I will head home to debrief focusing on our preparation for Bathurst.”
THE WORD FROM TONY WOODWARD (ENGINEER)
“Today was a case of anything that could go wrong did go wrong!
In qualifying we had a damper fail which only became evident after the session with no time to rectify it so had to settle for P12. After a solid start we got belted from pillar to post in the opening laps. We knew we had good car speed if we could find clear air so we went on the aggressive and stopped early, after our first stop we were turning some good pace and were making gains on those who hadn’t stopped around us when a safety car was deployed. The safety car incorrectly picked up the wrong cars and sunk us and the other early stoppers through the field gifting a lot of other runners a massive advantage, so really our race was ruined from here on and then some biff and barge finished off a day to forget. Disappointing for us when we had strong race cars.”
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
10th-13th October 2019
Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit
1 – Scott McLaughlin - 3008
2 – Shane Van Gisbergen – 2410
3 – Chaz Mostert - 2327
4 – Fabian Coulthard - 2317
5 – Jamie Whincup – 2140
15 – Tim Slade - 1458
Published: 15 September 2019.