Slade penalised for van Gisbergen qualifying clash
Sunday 27th March, 2022 - 12:50pm
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 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.”
Stewards Summary after Qualifying for Race 5:
“Stewards have imposed a three place grid penalty on Tim Slade (Car 3) for the incident at the end of qualifying for Race 5, he will also lose his fastest lap for causing the red flag”
— Motorsport Australia (@Motorsport_AUS) March 27, 2022
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
|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|