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The 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship concludes this weekend with the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 finale. Last year marked Newcastle’s debut event on the Supercars calendar; with the coastal city attracting over 190,000 people to the street circuit, and a further 1.5+ million tuning in to watch from home.

Tim finished on the podium for last year’s inaugural race, charging in the Freightliner Racing Commodore from 15th to 3rd! The team will be doing all they can to repeat the efforts from last year and finish the season strong.

The race is still on for the final order in team’s championship. The duo of Tim Slade and Nick Percat currently sit in 4th with a few teams’ lurking very close behind, so they’ll be doing all they can to solidify their position and move themselves up the pit lane order for 2019.

All sessions will be LIVE on FOX Sports across the weekend, plus coverage on Channel Ten/One HD. Check your local guides for times.

 

TRACK TIMES

Friday 23rd November

11:40 - 12:20 – Practice One

15:15 – 15:55 – Practice Two

Saturday 24th November

11:35 – 11:55 - Qualifying

15:45 – 17:50 – Race 30 – 250kms / 95 Laps

Sunday 25th November

10:50 – 11:10 – Qualifying

12:50 – 13:15 – Top Ten Shootout

15:40 – 17:45 – Race 31 – 250kms / 95 Laps

 

FAST FACTS

Track Length – 2.63km

Direction – Anti-Clockwise

Fastest Speed – 226km/h

Average Speed – 133km/h

Fastest Corner – Turn 4 (150km/h)

Slowest Corner – Turn 11 (70km/h)

Qualifying Lap Record – 1:09.9065s, Scott McLaughlin, Dick Johnson Racing Team Penske, Ford Falcon FG/X, 2017

Race Lap Record – 1:10.6403s, David Reynolds, Erebus Penrite Racing, Holden VF Commodore, 2017

- Eight drivers have a 100% finishing rate so far this season – Tim is one of those drivers!

- Both of last year’s races featured the appearance of a safety car. We saw it three times during Saturday’s race and twice on Sunday.

- Tim is on the edge of the top ten in the championship (currently 11th) – he’ll need to gain 84 points over team-mate Nick Percat to try claim the spot!

 

MEET TIM –

Thursday 22nd November

17:00 – 18:00 - Newcastle SuperWelcome @ Gregson Park, Hamilton

Friday 23rd November

14:00 - 14:15 – Autograph Session @ Freightliner Racing Stand, Merchandise Alley

Saturday 24th November

9:30 – 10:00 – Autograph Session @ Main Oval opposite Super2 Garages

Sunday 25th November

9:20 - 9:50 – Autograph Session @ Main Oval opposite Super2 Garages

Published: 19 November 2018.

#14 Tim Slade

Freightliner Racing

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