Slade claims career first V8 Supercars pole for Race 29
Lucky 7 Racing’s Tim Slade has scored the first pole position of his career ahead of the penultimate V8 Supercars Championship race of the season at the Sydney Telstra 500.
Slade was the seventh car out in the Top 10 Shootout, with his 1:29.55s time proving enough to withstand an attack from qualifying fast man Will Davison.
Davison had been 0.4s quicker to the end of the second sector before a mistake at Turn 10 dropped the Tradingpost Ford 0.08s behind.
Davison been attempting to to lock-away the $20,000 prize for scoring the most poles of the season.
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“I’m yet to have a pole or a race win in this category so to tick one of those off is very special,” said Slade afterward.
“We’ve ticked a lot of other boxes this year and it’s obviously a good starting spot for this afternoon’s race.”
“It was a pretty ordinary job by me,” added Davison of his effort.
“I had quite a few moments during the whole lap but then had quite a big one at Turn 10 and nearly went straight in the fence.
Steven Johnson and Alex Premat secured season best starting positions of third and fourth respectively while Michael Caruso, Russell Ingall, Tony D’Alberto and James Moffat rounded out the field.
Rick Kelly will start 10th after pulling off on his out-lap with no fuel pressure in his Jack Daniel’s Racing Holden. The #15 entry will now undergo an engine change prior to the 250km Race 29.
The session was held in dry and sunny conditions following rain earlier this morning.
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Race 29 is set to get underway at 1505 local time.
Result: V8 Supercars Top 10 Shootout, Sydney Olympic Park
|1||Lucky 7 Racing||Tim Slade||Ford Falcon FG||1:29.5515|
|2||Trading Post FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||1:29.6391||0:00.0876|
|3||Jim Beam Racing||Steven Johnson||Ford Falcon FG||1:29.6679||0:00.1164|
|4||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VE2||1:30.0178||0:00.4663|
|5||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Michael Caruso||Holden Commodore VE2||1:30.1553||0:00.6038|
|6||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VE2||1:30.2692||0:00.7177|
|7||Team Hiflex||Tony D’Alberto||Ford Falcon FG||1:30.3391||0:00.7876|
|8||SP Tools Racing||Shane Van Gisbergen||Ford Falcon FG||1:30.4779||0:00.9264|
|9||Team Norton DJR||James Moffat||Ford Falcon FG||1:30.5385||0:00.9870|
|10||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Holden Commodore VE2|
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