With a break between Winton and Darwin, supercars.com is analysing the drivers’ results and performances in this first part of the season. The racing is the closest in history, with nine different winners in 11 races.
Tim Blanchard, Team CoolDrive Engineer: Wally Storey/Tony Woodward
Average qualifying position: 19.6 Average finishing position: 20.3 Championship position: 23 Points to leader: 667 Wins: 0 Pole positions: 0
Best result: 11th, Sunday Clipsal 500 Blanchard started 23rd and managed to make the chaotic race work for him, home just outside the top 10.
Low point: 24th, Saturday Race Two, Clipsal 500 Blanchard blamed Holden Racing Team for releasing Garth Tander into traffic after the two collided off-track, but was shot down by the former champ. “We’re not too worried about where we release the car in relation to Tim Blanchard’s race – pretty much the rest of the field managed to get past,” Tander quipped.
For: Blanchard’s qualifying is picking up. He out-qualified teammate Jason Bright in Sunday’s race at Winton and has started as high at 13th in Tasmania. He is still adjusting to the BJR car this season.