Slade out for Sunday

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 23/08/2014
  • By V8 Supercars

Tim Slade's Supercheap Auto Racing Commodore will not compete at Sydney Motorsport Park tomorrow, after extensive damage in the opening stages of Race 26.

Slade - who has had a run of hard luck during his first season with the Walkinshaw Racing team -was involved in an opening lap collision with spinning David Reynolds, in wet conditions at the Sydney circuit.

The Holden launched into the air on impact, and suffered significant roll-cage tube and sheetmetal damage in the front right wheel arch.

The team immediately knew the V8 Supercar would not run in the second Saturday race,and after further assessment, the #47 has been ruled out of competing tomorrow.

It continues a horror run for Slade, who has recorded six DNFs for 2014, including a heartbreaking clutch drama on the front row in New Zealand.

"What does the poor bugger have to do, he can't catch a trick," team boss Adrian Burgess told v8supercars.com.au.

"It wasn't his fault whatsoever, he just didn't see him (Reynolds). The spray would've been crazy, there were cars all over the place.

"The damage unfortunately - we could've tried to patch it, but I don't think from a safety point of view it could really affect the proper repair. So we're not going to take any risks.

"It needs to go back on the jig - a couple of the bars have split. We're not going to take any risks, so unfortunately that's his weekend done."

Slade sits 20th in the Championship points, and has recorded six DNFs this season.

He will pair with Tony D'Alberto for the upcoming Pirtek Enduro Cup.

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