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Slade exploring options as Supercars future still ‘up in the air’

Tom Howard

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Saturday 9th November, 2019 - 6:00am

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Tim Slade tackles the kerbs at Sandown

Tim Slade says his Supercars future remains ‘up in the air’ and is exploring all options should he miss out on a full-time seat next season.

The Brad Jones Racing driver is out of contract at the end of the campaign and on the market as the silly season continues to simmer.

Slade is currently in the midst of his 11th year as a full-time driver in the series having spent the last four at BJR, with this season proving to be challenging on the track.

The 34-year-old says talks are “a hundred percent” ongoing with the Albury squad while there are still seats elsewhere at Matt Stone Racing, Walkinshaw Andretti United and the Sydney team yet to be claimed.

MSR emerged as a possible destination at Bathurst although it is believed Garry Jacobson is in the frame to secure one of the two drives at the Queensland squad.

It also appears Todd Hazelwood is a strong contender to join BJR next season.

Meanwhile, Super2 series leader Bryce Fullwood has told Speedcafe.com that he has also spoken to the team about next year.

While there are still options in Supercars, Slade admits he has considered a worst case scenario for 2020, which could include co-driving or GT racing.

“Honestly everything is all a bit up in the air,” Slade told Speedcafe.com when asked how confident he was of being on the Supercars grid next year.

“I guess time will tell; we’ll wait and see what happens.

“I think you’re crazy, whatever you do in life, not (to) weigh up worse case scenarios.

“Worst case scenario for me still looks pretty good with some other stuff, so I’m not too stressed about it.

“There’s some stuff that I’ve sort of done in the past (and) I think the opportunities are still there in the future, so yeah, we’ll just wait and see.”

Slade’s seat is not the only drive yet to be confirmed at BJR with the squad expected to expand to four cars next year.

It is understood that Super2 driver Jack Smith will join the team as its fourth entry having purchased a Racing Entitlements Contract from Jason Bright.

Earlier this week, Tim Blanchard Racing confirmed it will continue to field Macauley Jones in the #21 Team CoolDrive Holden run out of the BJR stable.

Slade and co-driver Ash Walsh were ninth on combined times in Friday practice for the Penrite Oil Sandown 500.

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