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Freight train
Freight train
Saturday, 17 June 2017

Tim continued to be fast in practice and qualifying today, with the cooler conditions in practice seeing the top eight drivers break the practice lap record and get into the 1:05 minute mark! Temperatures soared over 30 degrees by the time the Supercars rolled out for qualifying, and for most drivers the first hit out in the session saw the fastest times set. After starting 8th the team opted to pit Tim early. He gained position through the fast stop, and was effectively sitting in third place. A safety car saw the final 11 cars complete their stop, and most then had 13-14 lap fresher tyres than those who had opted for that early pit. On the restart a few drivers took advantage of the fresh rubber and made some big moves, which saw Tim get caught out and shuffle down the order. The Freightliner Racing Commodore showed brilliant pace and after Tim’s previous performances here we have a good feeling we will see him in tomorrows’ Top Ten Shootout.

Tim Slade

“It was a disappointing finish to the day. Qualifying was good and I feel our car is consistent. The start of the race went to plan and our pit stops were great. The safety car threw a bit of a spanner in the works for us after it bunched up the field as the restart was not ideal. McLauglin got by me and pushed me a little wide then Whincup made a big lunge at turn 5 and getting caught on the outside of the track like that just saw everyone pass me like a freight train. It wasn’t ideal and we dropped a lot of positions.”

“We have the pace to be where we were before the safety car, in that top 3 so that’s a positive coming back here tomorrow. We’ll regroup and be prepared to defend hard if in that position again.”   

 

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