Slade and BJR do the double at Winton

Tim Slade

Tim Slade

After waiting 227 races to score a maiden V8 Supercars race win, Tim Slade wasted no time in taking his second victory.

The Brad Jones Racing driver beat Prodrive’s Mark Winterbottom to the win in a battle of speed and pit strategy in Winton’s 200km Race 11.

Before the strategy shuffle unfolded, Fabian Coulthard had won the start from pole-sitter Chaz Mostert, Craig Lowndes and Slade.

Mostert and Lowndes were among those to pit for fuel in the early laps, leaving Coulthard and Slade to duke it out at the front.

Slade managed to leap-frog the DJR Team Penske Ford when the duo eventually stopped together moments prior a Safety Car on lap 19 of 67.

The yellows, which were called to retrieve Lee Holdsworth’s stranded Holden, split the field in two, with half committing to three stop strategies by electing to dive into the pits for fuel.

Making quick work of a short-fuelled Rick Kelly on the restart, Slade subsequently set about building a margin over the field.

Winterbottom meanwhile led the charge of those committing to three stops, making his final trip to the lane just three laps after the restart.

Slade’s superior speed in the middle phase of the race eventually allowed him to pit and rejoin 1.5s clear of Winterbottom with 27 laps to go.

The Holden’s fresher tyres ensured it was never threatened for the remainder, eventually cruising to a 6.8s victory.

Coulthard waited another three laps after Slade before making his last stop and initially dropped into a net fifth before quickly climbing to third.

The Kiwi spent the closing laps on the tail of Winterbottom, who impressively held the position despite his significantly older tyres.

Shane van Gisbergen and Cameron Waters converted sixth row grid slots into fourth and fifth respectively by following Winterbottom’s three-stop strategy.

Sixth through 10th were filled by David Reynolds (2), Scott Pye (3 stops), Craig Lowndes (3), Jamie Whincup (2) and Michael Caruso (3).

Lowndes appeared strongly positioned early but was forced to soldier to the finish with a broken header on his Holden.

Mostert’s pole meanwhile yielded just 20th after a costly mid-race clash with James Courtney.

The Supercheap Ford took the Safety Car restart at the back after pitting twice for fuel, subsequently puncturing a tyre when clouting the HRT entry on the way back through the field.

With Scott McLaughlin managing no better than 11th, the results see Winterbottom move to the head of the standings, 27 points clear of the Volvo driver.

Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Woodstock Winton Super Sprint Race 11

1 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 67 01:33:49.3933
2 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 67 01:33:56.0736
3 DJR Team Penske Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 67 01:33:56.7507
4 Red Bull Racing Australia Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 67 01:34:03.4779
5 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 67 01:34:07.5390
6 Erebus Motorsport Penrite David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 67 01:34:09.5289
7 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 67 01:34:10.8442
8 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 67 01:34:13.1709
9 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 67 01:34:15.2791
10 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 67 01:34:19.6292
11 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 67 01:34:21.0291
12 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 67 01:34:21.4949
13 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 67 01:34:25.0083
14 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Nissan Altima 67 01:34:30.1610
15 Sengled Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 67 01:34:30.7109
16 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 67 01:34:31.4208
17 Team Darrell Lea STIX Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 67 01:34:35.3140
18 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 67 01:34:36.6833
19 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Volvo S60 67 01:34:40.3248
20 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 67 01:34:41.4778
21 ABRO/Repair Management Aust Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore VF 67 01:34:45.3003
22 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 64 01:34:27.7489
23 ABRO/Repair Management Aust Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 60 01:34:48.5622
24 Plus Fitness Racing Aaren Russell Holden Commodore VF 59 01:34:24.2920
25 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 53 01:34:32.2342
DNF Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 17    23:56.0004

Championship Standings

1 Mark Winterbottom 1083
2 Scott McLaughlin 1056
3 Jamie Whincup 1047
4 Craig Lowndes 1044
5 Shane Van Gisbergen 997
6 Will Davison  912
7 Tim Slade  819
8 Garth Tander  808
9 Rick Kelly  801
10 Michael Caruso  783
11 James Courtney  756
12 Chaz Mostert  704
13 Todd Kelly  703
14 Fabian Coulthard  694
15 Jason Bright  669
16 Scott Pye  664
17 David Reynolds  637
18 Cameron Waters  613
19 Lee Holdsworth  558
20 James Moffat  546
21 Nick Percat  537
22 Dale Wood  439
23 Tim Blanchard  416
24 Chris Pither  415
25 Andre Heimgartner  344
26 Aaren Russell  297

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