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Long-awaited first in Slade’s sights after rebuild

PREMIAIR Racing has not lost hope of opening its podium account before the year is out, with the VAILO Adelaide 500 presenting a key opportunity for Tim Slade.

The South Australian-born 38-year-old remains without a podium in 40 races on home soil.

He’s twice come close, finishing fourth at The Bend in 2018 and fourth in Adelaide the following year.

With only one Supercars round in SA next year, Slade is running out of opportunities to achieve the coveted feat – and has extra motivation to make it happen this weekend.

Not only is PremiAir still hunting its maiden silverware, Slade is fired up to rebound from a Gold Coast disaster whereby two opening-lap tangles left him visibly dejected.

Tim Slade’s Camaro sustained extensive damage on the Gold Coast. Pic: Ross Gibb

“It is the second biggest race of the year and one of the best at which to stand on the podium, which I haven’t done there yet, and I would love nothing more than to finish the year off on a positive note,” he said.

PremiAir is equally hungry.

“It has been a big year, and our last event was certainly a large one also, leaving us with a fair bit to work on,” said team manager Stephen Robertson.

“But I am pleased to report that Tim’s #23 Nulon Racing Camaro is ready to go for this weekend after being on the jig at Triple Eight Race Engineering after its Gold Coast crash, and the entire team is laser-focused on ending our year on a high in Adelaide.

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“For all of us, this is an important event, but for Tim especially, it is something special being his home track, and both he and Jimmy (Golding) will be doing all they can with our support to get Nulon Racing onto the podium this weekend.

“We have made a lot of progress and a lot of changes this year, and to break through for that first podium for the team would be the perfect conclusion to what has been another huge 12 months of growth.

“I am confident we have much to show this weekend, so watch this space.” 

Track action in Adelaide begins today, with opening Supercars practice at 3:45pm local time (4:15pm AEDT).

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