Brad Jones Racing driver Tim Slade the first Holden across the line in Round 2 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
After a strong performance in the opening round of the season, the South Australian has backed it up with 6th position in this afternoon’s 130 km feature.
“I was happy with our race and feel like we maximised what we had in the Alliance Truck Parts Supercar,” commented Slade.
“With our change in the engineering group, I feel like we formed a good base in Adelaide, and I was hoping we’d genuinely learned something to keep moving forward. We applied those same principles and some more this weekend and its worked, it’s been pleasing.”
In front of 84,500 motorsport fans, the highest estimated Friday attendance in Australian Grand Prix history, James Courtney drove his Mobil 1 Mega Racing forward to seventh after 25 laps, an improvement from ninth in yesterday’s qualifying.
“It was good to move up today and grab some good points,” said Courtney
“The guys did a fantastic job with the stop, both the strategy and the boys in the lane were great.”
“It was a tough final stint managing the car and keeping Jamie behind me, but now we look forward to tomorrow, hopefully, make the car better overnight, and move forward again.”
Jamie Whincup was able to finish in eighth after losing a spot off the start line, top of the two Red Bull Holden Racing teammates with Shane van Gisbergen falling to a mechanical failure late in the race.
“We qualified seventh which firstly wasn’t a great starting position,” said Whincup.
“On top of this, I had a poor start to the race losing a spot straight away, so I need to do a better job there. Also, there is some very fast opposition out there, so our finishing position is a combination of all those factors.”
“Eighth position is down the order, a lot further than what we would like but that’s the way it goes. I am looking forward to starting a little further up, closer to the front, for the race tomorrow and getting some cleaner air.”
Just edging out Penrite Racing teammate Anton de Pasquale, David Reynolds has rounded out the top-ten behind the #9 Commodore making the pass with 6 corners remaining in the race.
“I am pretty happy with our overall performance today, I think my car was pretty good. I got a really good start, made a couple of spots up but got shuffled back at the outside of Turn 3.” said Reynolds.
“Maybe we didn’t pit early enough then I should have because my last stint was much faster than my first. I made a few passes, had a good race, my car was good; I was really happy with the day,”
“I’m really happy with the crew, there’s been a lot of pressure on good stops and they did a great job today so I can’t thank them enough.”
Race 4 tomorrow marks a monumental milestone for Supercars with the 13 lap sprint the Championship’s 10 000th race. All the action kicks off at 12:50 pm AEDT, followed by race 5 at 6:30 pm AEDT.