Slade penalised for van Gisbergen qualifying clash

Tim Slade. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Tim Slade has been given a three-position grid penalty and lost his fastest lap for the clash with Shane van Gisbergen in Qualifying for Race 5 at Symmons Plains.

As a result, Slade will start from 13th later this afternoon, instead of ninth, while the Repco Supercars Championship leader will stay third on the grid for the final race of the Ned Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint.

The two had made heavy contact at the end of the back straight when van Gisbergen, who was on a hot lap, attempted to go down the inside of the latter at Turn 6.

The hit put Slade’s #3 CoolDrive Mustang off the track, while the Red Bull Ampol Racing driver had the tyre pulled loose from the right-rear rim of his #97 ZB Commodore.

Making matters worse for van Gisbergen, who had just set the pace the preceding qualifying session, he was fastest to the second sector at the time yet missed out on a chance to secure back-to-back pole positions for the Sunday races at Symmons Plains

The 2021 champion claimed that he initially thought Slade was stepping aside to leave room for him to blaze past down the kinked back ‘straight’, and stewards saw the incident his way.

The stewards report advises: “Following the Session, and after admissions by the Drivers concerned, the Stewards imposed the following Penalties:

“A 3 Grid Spot Penalty for Car 3, Tim Slade, in Race 5 for impeding Car 97, Shane van Gisbergen, at Turn 6 as a result of which contact occurred and both Cars sustained damage and the Session was Red Flagged.

“A review of broadcast footage revealed that Car 3 had aborted its flying Lap at Turn 4 but failed to get out of the path of Car 97 at the entry to Turn 6 when Car 97 was on a flying Lap.

“Because Car 3 caused the Red Flag, its fastest time in the Session is deleted in accordance with the Rules such that the 3 Grid Spot Penalty is applied by reference to the next fastest time set by Car 3 in the Session.”

Officially, Slade is now 10th-fastest in Qualifying for Race 5 due to his fastest lap being invalidated, with the grid penalty dropping him back further.

Stewards also pinged Chaz Mostert for impeding Brad Jones Racing’s Andre Heimgartner in Qualifying for Race 5, relegating the #25 Walkinshaw Andretti United driver by one position on the starting grid.

Coincidentally, it means those two will swap sides on Row 10.

On that matter, stewards explained, “A review of judicial camera footage from Car 8 revealed that Car 25 was not on a flying Lap on the approach to Turn 4 and impeded Car 8 on its flying Lap.”

Race 4 starts shortly, and Race 5, when the penalties will be applied, at 15:55 local time/AEDT.

Results: Qualifying for Race 5, Ned Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint Updated

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 0:50.5515  
2 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.6155 0:00.0640
3 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.6184 0:00.0669
4 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.6506 0:00.0991
5 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 0:50.6726 0:00.1211
6 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 0:50.7336 0:00.1821
7 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.8472 0:00.2957
8 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 0:50.8568 0:00.3053
9 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 0:50.9107 0:00.3592
10 3 CoolDrive Auto Parts Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 0:50.9253 0:00.3738
11 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.9388 0:00.3873
12 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 0:50.9522 0:00.4007
13 20 Team 18 Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 0:50.9523 0:00.4008
14 5 Opposite Lock Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 0:51.0072 0:00.4557
15 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 0:51.0235 0:00.4720
16 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.0553 0:00.5038
17 14 Middy’s Electrical Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.0715 0:00.5200
18 4 SCT Logistics Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.1049 0:00.5534
19 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.1101 0:00.5586
20 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.1138 0:00.5623
21 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.1593 0:00.6078
22 76 PremiAir Subway Racing Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.1760 0:00.6245
23 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.1934 0:00.6419
24 96 Automotive Superstore Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.8297 0:01.2782
25 22 PremiAir Coca Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 0:51.9091 0:01.3576

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