2016 marked Tim Slade’s first race win in his Supercars career on his 227th attempt at Winton Motor Raceway.
His #14 Holden Commodore was quick out of the blocks the entire weekend in Winton, as he dominated claiming a pole and two race wins.
Finishing eighth in the championship, Slade answered Supercars.com’s quick questions on the year as he looks forward to building on his progress with Brad Jones Racing in 2017.
1. What was your best race?
Winton - car was awesome and we had a near perfect weekend with a pole and a couple of race wins.
2. Most disappointing race?
Bathurst was disappointing considering we had such a fast car but I was actually happy after the race given where we recovered to after being two laps down.
So I'd have to say the majority of our Pukekohe weekend was the most disappointing due to our lack of pace.
3. Best on-track battle?
Boring I know but nothing to really mention here.
4. Best off-track memory or experience?
Our time spent with Matt Wright the Croc Wrangler and his crew up in Darwin. Most notably the little helicopter experience he gave us...
5. Best performance by another driver?
Scotty Mac's pass on Winterbottom at the GC. SVG Championship win.
6. What was your goal at the start of the season and how did that play out?
The goal of winning races and getting podiums never changes & I wanted to be back in the top 10 of the championship so I guess we achieved all of that.
I would have liked our speed to be a little more consistent though.
7. What was the biggest news story of the year?
Nico Rosberg winning his first F1 world championship and then retiring? Donald Trump being elected president? Maybe Ludo going to DJR/Penske.
8. Who do you think will improve the most in 2017?
My new team mate Nick Percat will have a more competitive and reliable package to work with so probably him and potentially the DJR/Penske guys with a T8 playbook to work with...
9. What are you most looking forward to in 2017?
Year 2 with BJR and building on everything we formed in 2016. Hopefully some new go fast bits on our cars and I reckon Newcastle at the end of the year will be pretty cool!
10. What are your plans over the Christmas break ?
Bit of chill time at home on the GC, Xmas away and Adelaide in mid Jan for Tour Down Under and catch up with the fam.