Blanchard delighted with BRT track debut

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 04/02/2021
  • By James Pavey, Pics by Andy Pearson

Tim Blanchard said he "couldn't be happier" following his new team's maiden track day at Phillip Island.

The Blanchard Racing Team operation hit the track for the first time at Phillip Island on Wednesday.

The newest team in Supercars arrived at the Victorian venue with new driver Tim Slade, engineer Mirko De Rosa and a host of other fresh faces.

Late last year, Slade was confirmed to drive the team's CoolDrive Ford Mustang for 2021, marking his first full-time drive since 2019.

The 2021 season marks Blanchard's first season running a standalone team, having previously run out of the Brad Jones Racing stable.

"First track day for BRT today at Phillip Island," an elated Blanchard posted to social media.

"Huge effort by a lot of people to ensure today went smoothly.

"Couldn't be happier and can't wait to get to the pre-season test."

BRT joined several other competitors on track at the sweeping Victorian circuit.

Notably, David Reynolds cut his first laps aboard a Kelly Grove Racing Mustang, while the retired Rick Kelly substituted for the injured Andre Heimgartner.

Chaz Mostert also completed a shakedown of his #25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Racing WAU Commodore.

Blanchard will also co-drive alongside Slade for October's Repco Bathurst 1000.

BRT will hit Winton Motor Raceway for the official pre-season test on February 16.

The 2021 Repco Supercars Championship will commence at the Repco Mt Panorama 500 across February 26-28. Tickets are on sale now.

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