Supercheap Auto Racing’s Tim Slade claimed second in a momentous Race 14 of the V8 Supercars Championship at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway.
Slade finished second to Craig Lowndes in today’s second race of the SKYCITY Triple Crown Darwin.
The Supercheap Auto racer said it was an honour to share the podium with the first driver in the sports history to reach 100 wins.
“I’m stoked to be back on the podium. It’s a great result for Supercheap Auto Racing on such a huge day for the sport,” Slade said.
“The #47 Supercheap Auto Commodore has had good speed all year but we’ve had a few little things go wrong but and haven’t got the results we’ve deserved. It’s great to convert that speed into results.”
Slade started the 21-lap dash from eighth place, and after a great start and clean run through the first turn, was in second place heading into turn two.
“I saw Rick [Kelly] a bit crossed up into turn one. I had a clear run through and came out in second,” Slade said.
“For the first few laps it was about seeing if we had anything to challenge Craig [Lowndes], but after the safety car he had more pace and my focus was on looking after the tyres while also keeping everyone behind me.
“I was confident the setup the Supercheap Auto Racing crew gave me was good enough to hold onto second and look after it’s tyres.”
In the day’s opening race, Slade took seventh after fighting his way back from the mid pack.
The Supercheap Auto Racing Commodore started 10th, but was pushed wide through the opening turn.
He avoided the carnage of the 60km race, making his way from 15th over the remaining laps.
A 70-lap feature takes place tomorrow to wrap up the SKYCITY Triple Crown Darwin.
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