hero-img

The highs and lows of Slade's first 199

Supercars
15 May
Revisiting Tim Slade’s long career approaching his 200th Supercars round
Advertisement
  • Tim Slade to start 200th Supercars round in Perth

  • PremiAir Nulon veteran debuted at 2009 Adelaide 500

  • Slade is 22nd in the championship after Round 3

Tim Slade will celebrate a significant milestone at the Bosch Power Tools Perth SuperSprint, his 200th championship event as a Supercars driver.

Over 16 seasons, Slade has scored wins, poles and several podiums, and ticked over 400 races last year, which was his first season with PremiAir Nulon Racing.

The Adelaide-born driver has raced for the likes of Paul Morris Racing, Stone Brothers Racing, Walkinshaw Racing, Brad Jones Racing, DJR Team Penske, Blanchard Racing Team and his current home, Peter Xiberras's squad.

The 38-year-old, who will run the #200, will become the 22nd driver to hit the 200th round milestone, and the second this year after David Reynolds in New Zealand.

Ahead of Slade's 200th round, Supercars.com goes for a trip down memory lane to celebrate the veteran's long career.

Round 1, Adelaide 2009

09-Slade-AN1-Slade-2

Slade jumped straight into the main game from Super2 with Morris's team in 2009, and debuted on home soil in Adelaide. However, he would have to wait until the next round to see the chequered flag after copping a double DNF. Later in the season, Slade showed his main game worth with impressive runs to seventh in both enduros at Phillip Island and Bathurst.

First podium, Ipswich 2011

11-Slade-AN1-Ipswich-1

In his second season with Stone Brothers, Slade powered to three straight podiums at the Ipswich round, the home circuit of the former champion squad. Craig Lowndes stole the headlines with a sweep of wins, but Slade finished second, third and second to show the field he was no slouch.

Round 50, Ipswich 2012

47-Slade-EV08-12-3475

A year after his podium breakthrough at Queensland Raceway, Slade returned to celebrate 50 rounds, and capped the weekend with finishes of ninth and eighth. Slade was a revelation in 2012, finishing fifth overall with 22 top 10 finishes in 30 starts.

First pole, Sydney Olympic Park 2012

47-Slade-EV15-12-06119

Slade capped his impressive 2012 campaign with the first pole position of his career ahead of the penultimate race of the season. Slade was the seventh car out in the Top Ten Shootout, but it looked as though last man out Will Davison would prevent the fairytale. Davison had been 0.4s quicker to the end of the second sector, before a mistake gifted Slade pole by 0.08s.

Round 100, Adelaide 2016

Advertisement
16-Slade-AN1-Adelaide-1

Slade brought up his 100th round where it all began, in Adelaide, albeit with new team Brad Jones Racing. Slade opened his BJR account with a DNF after his Commodore became stranded at Turn 9 with the driver unable to select reverse gear. He backed it up with 17th on Sunday, before he hit the big time a few rounds later.

First win, Winton 2016

14-Slade-EV05-16-06352

After 226 races, Slade finally raced to victory lane at Winton, powering from pole to P1 in the first race of the weekend. Proving his pace was no fluke, Slade backed it up on Sunday with another victory, which remains his most recent Supercars win.

Round 150, Darwin 2019

Kelly contact takes out Slade

Into his what proved his final season with BJR, Slade brought up 150 rounds in Darwin, where he previously finished second in 2016. However, a crash on the first lap of Saturday's race and 18th in the finale spoiled the milestone.

Most recent podium, Newcastle 2019

14-Slade-EV15-19-MH2 8412

Later in the year, Slade powered to the podium in the 2019 finale in Newcastle, his second of the season and first since the second round in Melbourne. After the race, Slade made the revelation that he would not return with BJR in 2020, with the podium sending him out on a high from the Albury squad. It remains Slade's 17th and most recent Supercars podium.

Round 199, Taupō 2024

023-Slade-EV03-24-MH2 4481

Some 15 years after his debut, Slade is readying for his 200th round. Slade was on the pace in No. 199, reaching both Shootouts in Taupō. However, he raced without reward, crashing out off the line after a collision with pole-sitter Cam Waters, before being undone by a fuel issue on the Sunday.

Most ATCC/Supercars rounds*

Driver

Rounds

Career

Craig Lowndes

302

1996-present

Garth Tander

290

1998-present

Mark Winterbottom**

278

2003-present

Rick Kelly

265

2001-2020

Jason Bright

260

1997-2018

Russell Ingall

254

1996-2021

Jamie Whincup

255

2002-2023

Will Davison**

248

2004-present

James Courtney**

248

2005-present

Todd Kelly

243

1999-2017

Lee Holdsworth

229

2004-2023

Shane van Gisbergen

227

2007-2023

John Bowe

226

1986-2007

Mark Skaife

220

1987-2011

Fabian Coulthard

215

2004-2022

Peter Brock

212

1972-2004

Glenn Seton

209

1984-2010

Steven Richards

207

1996-2019

Dick Johnson

204

1970-2000

Greg Murphy

201

1997-2022

David Reynolds**

200

2007-present

Tim Slade**

199

2009-present

*Correct to 2024 ITM Taupō Super400

**Full-time driver in 2024

Related News

Advertisement