RECAP AND WORD FROM THE DRIVERS
Melbourne provided picture perfect conditions again today with two races on the agenda; including a milestone race for Supercars, with today’s first race marking the 1000th Supercar race in history.
The first race was the shorter 70km race, with no pit stops required. Drivers had a hectic opening lap, which Tim made up a position, then held it for the duration of the race, bringing the Alliance Truck Parts Supercar across the line in 8th. Nick was in a fierce battle pack, putting pressure on Anton DePasquale when Todd Hazelwood tried to get involved, divebombing under brakes and sending both he and Percat wide, both losing track position. Nick regained a couple of positions in the Freightliner Racing Supercar to finish in 15th.
Tim and Nick had locked out the second row of the grid; set to start 3rd and 4th for the longer 130km race. However, Scott McLaughlin and Cam Waters who were set to start 1st and 2nd, awkwardly hit each other on the out lap, doing sustainable damage to their cars, which saw them not start. This made it a Freightliner / Alliance Truck Parts front row!
Everyone was trying to make moves on the opening lap, which saw Whincup pass Slade by turn 13, and Percat shuffled out to the grass by turn 15 losing a number of spots, dropping to 8th. With the Mustangs of Mostert and Davison on the charge, both drivers dropped one further position, with Percat finishing in 9th and Tim claiming the first podium finish for the season – finishing 3rd.
Tomorrow will see the Melbourne 400 conclude with one final 70km race, then just after 4pm the Australian Grand Prix Formula One race will begin, marking the start of their 2019 season.
“The linear spring change seems to have suited us so far and the engineering group have done a good job with making it work; getting us a good result early.”
“We’ve had some good speed so to get a podium result is really pleasing. If we can grab another top ten finish tomorrow or another podium; we’ll end the weekend bagging a good amount of points for our championship.”
“It’s nice to rewards the team for their efforts and to do it in front of our Freightliner / Alliance Truck Parts group that are here this weekend. Hopefully we’re spraying champagne a few more times yet this season.”
Race Four (70km/13 Laps)
Winner: Scott McLaughlin
Race Five (130km/25 Laps)
Winner: Chaz Mostert
Sunday 17th March
13:20-14:05 – Race Six (70km/13 Laps)
(16:10-18:10 – Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix)
MEET TIM SLADE & NICK PERCAT
Sunday 17th March
11:05 - 11:25 – Supercars Signing Session, Autograph Stage
Published: 16 March 2019.