Home track hero
- By Kassie Gadeke
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Tim Slade has taken his second career pole position after delivering a blistering lap in qualifying at the Woodstock Winton SuperSprint.
The Brad Jones racer lowered the lap record yesterday, and he will be starting alongside Mark Winterbottom from P1 for this afternoon’s 120km race.
Winterbottom stole the record in practice this morning, and his time wasn’t eclipsed with Slade’s 1min19.0660, despite predictions of lap times in the ‘18s’.
Slade’s is the first Holden ARMOR ALL Pole Position for the season – though he will have all other marques chasing him down with Cameron Waters’ Prodrive Falcon third, Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo fourth and Rick Kelly’s Nissan fifth.
The last time Slade qualified on P1 was Sydney 2012.
“It’s been a long time between drinks and a pretty bumpy road at the same time,” Slade said.
“A massive thanks to Brad, Kim [Jones brothers] and all the boys and girls at BJR – they really deserve this. They gave me a weapon to get the job done in.”
Slade was pleased to collect his ARMOR ALL cheque, with the team sending its well wishes to truck driver Paul 'Stax' Eddy, who is ill this weekend and unable to attend and support BJR.
Lee Holdsworth was the first Triple Eight Commodore home in sixth, alongside TEKNO’s Will Davison.
Six time champ Jamie Whincup and last year’s Winton man Chaz Mostert finished ninth and 10th respectively.
The Supercars hit the track for 120km of racing at 4pm local time.