Tim unlocked that qualifying speed he was after today and landed himself a place in the all-important Top Ten Shootout. A brake lock into turn 4 saw Tim go down the access road, forcing him to hook around to continue his lap. Not the only one to have a hiccup in the Top Ten Shootout, Jamie Whincup had a kerb hop and recorded no time, meaning Slade would start from position 9. Slade showed blistering pace through the 78 lap race, and whilst being shuffled back and forward through the pack, he steered the Freightliner Racing Commodore across the finish line in 7th position.
”Today was a better day than yesterday, it was unfortunate for us with locking a brake in the shootout, it was disappointing. Its always great to make it into any shootout, but more special for me here in Adelaide being my home town.”
“Didn’t get the best start but had some great race pace. I locked a brake again at turn 4 late in the race, so had trouble there all day, so whilst it cost me a couple of positions, I did manage to get them back but I think we could have been looking at a top 5 position if it all went to plan.”