Slade wheels out new Freightliner Racing livery

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 17/02/2017
  • By Lewis Isaacs

Tim Slade will enter his second year at Freightliner Racing with a new look for 2017.

The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship driver will look to add to his two race wins in a striking silver, white and red Holden Commodore.

Slade hopes the familiarity of the team will be a boost ahead of the major changes to Dunlop's tyre construction for the upcoming season.

“I’m probably looking forward to the first few races more so than normal given I know a hell of a lot more this time this year compared to this time last year after it was all new for me in 2016," he told Supercars.com.

“I’ve got that relationship with everyone in the team and my engineer Julian (Stannard, engineer).

“I obviously understand the car and the setup a hell of a lot better 12 months on. It’ll be good and I’m looking forward to building on everything we formed last year and having that continuity there.”

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Slade added the environment at Brad Jones Racing is getting the best out of him again after a lean period during 2013-2015.

“At Stone Brothers Racing we were fifth in the championship in 2012 and had some good momentum there but that all got taken from away from with Erebus deal. It was more I had a couple of inconsistent lean years.

“Coming to BJR is a similar feel to SBR. It’s the happiest I’ve ever been in my racing career and I have some good people around me providing me with all the support and backing I need to perform at the highest level.

“That all helps in getting the most out of yourself. I’ve got a great relationship with everyone in the team right up to the top.

“Brad and Kim are awesome guys to work for. It’s just a pretty happy environment, but in saying that everyone is extremely competitive.

“There’s no bullshit there. No egos. Everyone gets on with the job.”

The team also revealed a new Freightliner Coronado transporter to be know as ‘Stax’.

The Coronado packs a 15-litre Detroit engine that puts out 560hp and 1850lb-ft of torque with an 18-speed Eaton RoadRanger non-synchro gearbox.

“We’re thrilled to see the fantastic new look Freightliner Racing Commodore and introduce the tough Freightliner Coronado to the Supercars paddock," Freightliner Australia Director, Stephen Downes said.

“We think Freightliner customers will get a real buzz when they see the 2017 car fighting for more wins and podiums this year.”

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