Position: 26th – 1:21.9428
Fastest: Scott McLaughlin – 1:20.8117
Top Ten Shootout
Pole Position: Shane Van Gisbergen
Race One – 250kms/78 Laps
Winner: Shane Van Gisbergen
Sunday 4th March
9:40-10:00 – Qualifying – Race Two
11:40-12:10 – Top Ten Shootout
15:20-17:20 – Race Two – 250kms/78 Laps
The first race of the season went from being a solid finish alongside team-mates, to a painful crash ending.
Tim was up from 22nd into 16th when a safety car was called to remove debris off the circuit. This safety car then saw another two follow in quick succession, when the first restart saw a number of cars get tangled up, and then another on the next restart! Tim was unlucky on the second restart; he was heading into Turn 8 when he and Simona De Silverstro got caught up, and Tim received just enough of a tap to send him heading fast into the wall.
Tim was ok, but sore and shook from the hard hitting crash. The crew will work long into the night to repair the Team CoolDrive Commodore for tomorrows final day of the Adelaide 500.
THE WORD FROM TIM BLANCHARD
“It was a really hard hit, it’s winded me and I’m quite sore across the chest. The tap was enough to send me wall-bound at a pretty quick speed. It was unfortunate as had moved forward around 8 or 9 spots and could have moved further forward.”
“We’ll get the car back in the garage and assess it, but its going to be a long night ahead for the team. It’s not how we wanted to start our weekend.”
THE WORD FROM BRAD JONES
“It’s a pretty hard hit anytime you go into Turn 8. I’m glad Tim’s ok.”
“It’s hard to tell fully what happened by the footage but it looks like he got a tickle up from Simona. It’s not always easy to judge your distances. It’s pretty unfortunate and of course we don’t have a huge amount of spares here this weekend with the new cars.”
Sunday 4th March
13:05-13:35 – Supercars Autograph Session – Traction Zone Stage