BJR takes PIRTEK Challenge lead

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 10/04/2019
  • By Mitchell Adam

Brad Jones Racing has moved into the lead of the 2019 PIRTEK Pit Stop Challenge, a third of a way through the regular season.

Tim Slade's Freightliner Racing crew sits atop the order following the Saturday race at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint.

The #14 was second in the order after the opening two races at Albert Park, behind Kelly Racing's Andre Heimgartner entry, but now leads.

Slade's time from pit-entry-to-exit on Saturday at Symmons Plains was 35.7834 seconds, the fourth-best in the field.

It means his crew moves to 65 points and a five-point advantage over a pair of Tickford Racing entries after three of the nine points-scoring races.

Following the last at Tailem Bend in August, the top four teams will contest a televised grand final at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, vying for the $20,000 major prize.

The defending winner, Scott McLaughlin's #17, though, remains at the foot of the order.

Shell V-Power Racing's Mustangs of McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard finished the race first and second, but were only 17th and 16th-fastest through pitlane after slow left-rear changes.

Tickford Racing's Chaz Mostert and Lee Holdsworth crews are second and third in the overall standings, both on 60 points after three races.

The pair, who share a garage, personnel and boom in pitlane, took third and fifth in the Symmons Plains order.

Fastest of all was Jamie Whincup's #88 by a commanding 1.683s, on a day he finished two laps down after early contact with Mostert.

That was helped by the Red Bull Holden Racing Team only changing two tyres, rather than the otherwise-standard four, during a late pitstop.

Whincup's crew is fourth in the order, ahead of three Kelly Racing entries; Heimgartner's #7, Rick Kelly's #15 and Simona De Silvestro's #78.

Kelly was second in Symmons behind Whincup, and erstwhile leader Heimgartner 12th.

This Saturday's WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint race is the fourth of the nine PIRTEK Pit Stop Challenge preliminary rounds.

Race 7 PIRTEK Pit Stop Challenge results

Pos Crew Time
1 Red Bull Holden Racing Team (#88) 33.7123s
2 Castrol Racing (Kelly Racing #15) 35.3954s
3 Supercheap Auto Racing (Tickford #55) 35.3996s
4 Freightliner Racing (BJR #14) 35.7834s
5 The Bottle-O Racing (Tickford #5) 35.8277s
6 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing (WAU #2) 36.0203s
7 Team Harvey Norman (Kelly Racing #78) 36.0647s
8 Bigmate Racing (Matt Stone Racing #35) 36.1307s
9 Brad Jones Racing (#8) 36.2042s
10 Team CoolDrive (BJR #21) 36.2099s

PIRTEK Pit Stop Challenge points after three events

Pos Crew Points
1 Freightliner Racing (BJR #14) 65
2 Supercheap Auto Racing (Tickford #55) 60
3 The Bottle-O Racing (Tickford #5) 60
4 Red Bull Holden Racing Team (#88) 58
5 Plus Fitness Racing (Kelly Racing #7) 58
6 Castrol Racing (Kelly Racing #15) 53
7 Team Harvey Norman (Kelly Racing #78) 52
8 Brad Jones Racing (#8) 45
9 Penrite Racing (Erebus #99) 40
10 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing (WAU #22) 36
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