Slade 2022's shock street circuit specialist

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 09/11/2022
  • By James Pavey

Tim Slade heads to his home event in Adelaide as one of the street circuit specialists in 2022.

Supercars have raced on three genuine street circuits this season - Albert Park, Townsville and Surfers Paradise.

The three circuits have hosted eight races in 2022, with Shane van Gisbergen (six wins) and Chaz Mostert (two) doing the winning.

It's no surprise, then, that van Gisbergen (3.625) and Mostert (6.0) have the best average race finishes on street circuits.

Slade is a shock fourth with a 7.625 average, just behind Will Davison (7.5) and ahead of David Reynolds (8.25).

The outgoing CoolDrive Racing driver has finished no lower than 12th across the eight races, including seven top 10s.

Slade was a fixture of the 10 at Albert Park

Slade scored finishes of fourth, eighth, seventh and fourth at Albert Park, and finished eighth twice in Townsville.

He shrugged off a Sunday qualifying crash to be classified 10th in the Gold Coast finale, a day after racing to 12th.

Slade, who grew up in McLaren Vale and Woodcroft in Adelaide's south, has better street circuit average finishes than notables Cam Waters, Anton De Pasquale and Broc Feeney.

Waters and De Pasquale have scored street podiums, but both were undone by poor results at Albert Park.

It must be mentioned that Garry Jacobson, who departed PremiAir Racing mid-season, demonstrated his own street smarts.

Jacobson wildly impressed at Albert Park with finishes of ninth, 6th, 10th and 15th.

Feeney, meanwhile, was one of six drivers to be caught up in the Gold Coast finale chicane crash.

Rookie Feeney, Lee Holdsworth and Todd Hazelwood recorded their first DNFs of the season in the accident.

The 2022 season will end at arguably the most testing Supercars street circuit of them all in Adelaide.

Only one race in Adelaide's Supercars history - the 2019 Sunday race - has had all starters classified as finishers.

Only eight of the 46 races run have been held without the appearance of the Safety Car.

This year's event will also be the last for the current-spec Gen2 cars before the Gen3 era commences in 2023.

The Gen3 cars won't have an easy start to life next season, however, given the 2023 season will start on the streets of Newcastle.

Tickets for the VALO Adelaide 500 are available on Supercars.com and Ticketek.com.

Average street circuit race finish in 2022*

Driver Albert Park Townsville Gold Coast Av. fin.
van Gisbergen 3rd, 1st, 1st, 20th 1st, 1st 1st, 1st 3.625
Mostert 1st, 22nd, 5th, 1st 9th, 5th 3rd, 2nd 6.0
Davison 16th, 24th. 2nd, 2nd 2nd, 7th 4th, 3rd 7.5
Slade 4th, 8th, 7th, 4th 8th, 8th 12th, 10th 7.625
Reynolds 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, DNF 18th, 11th 2nd, 4th 8.25
Waters 18th, 21st, 8th, 7th 3rd, 3rd 5th, 7th 9.0
B.Kostecki 14th, 7th, 15th, 5th 12th, 16th 7th, 5th 10.125
Feeney 8th, 14th, 6th, 12th 7th, 6th 14th, DNF 10.875
De Pasquale 23rd, 20th, 4th, 3rd 6th, 2nd 6th, DSQ 11.125
Winterbottom 7th, 12th, 17th, 9th 25th, 10th 9th, 6th 11.875
Percat 5th, 17th, 16th, 6th 13th, 12th 10th, DNF 12.75
Courtney 20th, 9th, 9th, 22nd 20th, 4th 8th, 17th 13.625
Pye 11th, 4th, 25th, 11th 5th, DNF 17th, 12th 13.75
Le Brocq 25th, 15th, 12th, 16th 10th, 14th 13th, 16th 15.125
Heimgartner 15th, DNF, 18th, 17th 4th, 9th DNF, 8th 15.125
Fullwood 10th, 10th, 22nd, 19th 15th, 13th 22nd, 13th 15.5
Holdsworth 22nd, 3rd, 13th, 10th 17th, 23rd 15th, DNF 15.5
Hazelwood 19th, 5th, 14th, 14th 21st, 15th 18th, DNF 16.0
J.Kostecki 12th, 13th, 20th, 13th 14th, 24th 23rd, 15th 16.75
Randle 21st, 18th, 11th, DNF 16th, 17th 11th, DNF 16.875
Brown 17th, 23rd, 24th, 8th 11th, 19th 24th, 11th 17.125
Pither 24th, 16th, 19th, 21st 19th, 18th 16th, 9th 17.75
Jones 6th, 11th, 23rd, 18th 22nd, 22nd 20th, DNF 18.25
Smith 13th, 19th, 21st, DNF 24th, 20th 21st, 14th 19.625

*Drivers who have completed all races

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