Tim Slade

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Tim Slade
Tim Slade in 2014.JPG
Tim Slade signing autographs in 2014
Nationality  Australian
Born 3 August 1985 (1985-08-03) (age 32)
Adelaide, South Australia
Supercars Record
Car number 14
Current team Brad Jones Racing
Series championships 0
Races 272
Race wins 2
Podium finishes 15
Pole positions 2
2017 Championship position 11th (1812 pts)

Tim Slade (born 3 August, 1985) is an Australian motor racing driver. Slade currently competes in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, driving the No. 14 Holden ZB Commodore for Brad Jones Racing.

Early career[edit]

Slade first appeared at a national level racing Formula 3. During the 2004 Australian Formula 3 Championship, Slade, in his rookie season with Team BRM, won his first race when making a one-off appearance at the penultimate round of the series.[1] Slade returned to Formula 3 for the following season, beginning a long-running partnership with businessman James Rosenberg, who owned the car.[2] However, after having scored just 25 points after the first four races, compared to the 57 points of joint series leaders Chris Alajajian and Michael Trimble, Slade was dropped from the team.[3]

Taking a step backwards, Slade competed in his first full season at national level in 2006, racing for Sonic Motor Racing Services in the 2006 Australian Formula Ford Championship. Slade narrowly lost a season-long battle with John Martin for the title.[4][5]

Supercars Championship[edit]

Development Series[edit]

Turning his back on open wheelers, Slade moved into the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series for the 2007 season, starting the season with ANT Racing in a Ford BA Falcon. However, Slade's season was blighted by a team shift to MW Motorsport mid-season and he finished ninth in the points. The highlight of his season was a second-place finish in the reverse grid race at Queensland Raceway.

In 2008 Slade renewed his partnership with Rosenberg, who purchased Slade a Holden VZ Commodore from Perkins Engineering, which ran under the banner of 'Slade Sport'.[2] Early in the season Slade won the Wakefield Park round, but poor results at Queensland Raceway and at Mount Panorama, plus the limited resources available, restricted Slade to seventh in the series results.

Paul Morris Motorsport[edit]

Early in 2009, Slade was announced as the replacement driver for the retiring Paul Morris at his eponymous team to graduate into V8 Supercars.[6] The drive was once again backed by Rosenberg.[2] Driving a Holden VE Commodore sponsored by Supercheap Auto, Slade finished 23rd in the championship.

James Rosenberg Racing[edit]

The Ford FG Falcon of Tim Slade at the 2010 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
The Ford FG Falcon of Tim Slade at the 2011 Clipsal 500 Adelaide

In 2010, Slade moved teams to the newly formed James Rosenberg Racing, driving the #47 Wilson Security-backed Ford FG Falcon as a satellite entry of Stone Brothers Racing. His best results of the year were a pair of fifth places at Hidden Valley Raceway and at the Phillip Island 500, with co-driver Jack Perkins. For 2011, Slade remained with the team, with a new title sponsor, Lucky 7, and improved to ninth in the championship standings including three podium positions at Queensland Raceway.

He had his breakout year in 2012 aboard the Lucky 7 Falcon, where he finished fifth in the championship. Stone Brothers Racing was then sold at the end of 2012 to Erebus Motorsport, who brought in the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to V8 Supercars under the new Car of the Future regulations in 2013. However, the Erebus package struggled and Slade could only manage 22nd in the championship.

Walkinshaw Racing[edit]

Slade moved to Walkinshaw Racing for the 2014, driving his team's #47 VF Commodore. This also marked a return to Supercheap Auto colours for Slade and a move away from his association with James Rosenberg, who coincidentally ended up running a sister car to Slade at Walkinshaw Racing for Nick Percat.[2] He finished the year in 17th position. He remained with the team for the 2015 season, finishing 13th in the championship.

Brad Jones Racing[edit]

In 2016, Walkinshaw Racing downsized to two cars and Slade moved to Brad Jones Racing. After a slow start to the season, Slade won the first two races of his career at the 2016 Woodstock Winton SuperSprint.[7]

GT[edit]

In 2012, Slade joined Erebus Motorsport for its Bathurst 12 Hour campaign, driving the team's Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. Along with Jeroen Bleekemolen, Peter Hackett and Bret Curtis, he finished the race in second position. He once again entered the race with Erebus in 2013, finishing in sixth position with Lee Holdsworth and Peter Hackett. In 2016, he competed in the event once again, this time in a McLaren 650S GT3 with Tony Walls, Matt Campbell and Warren Luff. Slade has also appeared as a guest driver at the annual Pro-Am event of the Australian Carrera Cup Championship on multiple occasions.

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
2003 Australian Formula Ford Championship 22nd Van Diemen RF92 Ford Steel Building Systems
2004 Australian Formula 3 Championship 10th Dallara F301 Spiess-Opel Team BRM
Australian Formula Ford Championship 29th Van Diemen RF01 Ford Ben Fitzgerald
2005 Australian Drivers' Championship 11th Dallara F304 Spiess-Opel Team BRM
2006 Australian Formula Ford Championship 2nd Van Diemen RF04 Ford Sonic Motor Racing Services
2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 9th Ford BA Falcon A.N.T. Racing
MW Motorsport
2008 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 7th Holden VZ Commodore Slade Speed
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 23rd Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 16th Ford FG Falcon James Rosenberg Racing
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 9th Ford FG Falcon James Rosenberg Racing
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 5th Ford FG Falcon James Rosenberg Racing
Australian Side x Side Rally Challenge 11th Polaris RZR 900 XP Polaris Off Road Vehicles
2013 Australian GT Championship 23rd Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Erebus Motorsport
V8SuperTourers Championship 11th Holden VE Commodore M3 Racing
International V8 Supercars Championship 22nd Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG James Rosenberg Racing
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 17th Holden VF Commodore Walkinshaw Racing
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 13th Holden VF Commodore Walkinshaw Racing
2016 World Time Attack Challenge[8] 1st Nissan Silvia S13 MCA Suspension
International V8 Supercars Championship 8th Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 11th Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year No. Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2009 67 Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Australia Paul Morris 7th 161
2010 47 James Rosenberg Racing Ford FG Falcon Australia Jack Perkins 18th 161
2011 47 James Rosenberg Racing Ford FG Falcon New Zealand Daniel Gaunt 12th 161
2012 47 James Rosenberg Racing Ford FG Falcon Australia Andrew Thompson 7th 161
2013 47 James Rosenberg Racing Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Australia Andrew Thompson 26th 137
2014 10 Walkinshaw Racing Holden VF Commodore Australia Tony D'Alberto DNF 102
2015 47 Walkinshaw Racing Holden VF Commodore Australia Tony D'Alberto 14th 161
2016 14 Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore Australia Ashley Walsh 7th 161
2017 14 Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore Australia Ashley Walsh‡
New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
9th 161

‡Walsh was entered as a co-driver to Slade but withdrew due to injury and was replaced with Heimgartner.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Championship Standings: 2004 Australian F3 Championship". The official website of the Australian Formula 3 Championship Series. 2004. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d Bartholomaeus, Stefan (26 May 2016). "Pride for Rosenberg after Slade breakthrough". Speedcafe. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Championship Standings: 2005 Australian Drivers Championship". The official website of the Australian Formula 3 Championship Series. 2005. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Tim Slade". Driver Database. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Formula Ford Australia 2006". Driver Database. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  6. ^ "News: Rookie Slade secures Supercheap Auto Racing V8 seat alongside Ingall". supercheapautoracing.com.au. 2 March 2009. Archived from the original on 9 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  7. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (22 May 2016). "Slade and BJR do the double at Winton". Speedcafe. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  8. ^ 2016 Results WTAC Pro Class, 15 October 2016, retrieved 3 November 2016