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PremiAir locks in Slade for 2023

PREMIAIR Racing has got its man, confirming it has recruited Tim Slade to spearhead its 2023 Repco Supercars Championship campaign.

A Slade/PremiAir tie-up has been on the cards for months, ever since it became clear the 37-year-old would leave the Blanchard Racing Team at season’s end.

Now, a week on from the news that foundation driver Chris Pither will not be retained for next year, PremiAir has declared Slade as a key part of its efforts to move up the pecking order in Gen3.

“The 2022 season has been a whirlwind, with everything coming together right before the start of the season and us jumping into the deep end with events straight up,” explained team owner Peter Xiberras, who purchased the remnants of Team Sydney in January.

“We are taking the lessons we have learned across the year and working around the clock to ensure we can build the strongest team possible for 2023, and Tim is a big part of that puzzle.

“When it comes to not only his racing talent and experience but also his attitude and how he conducts himself, we are confident that Tim will make an excellent addition to our line-up for 2023, and we can’t wait to see what we can all achieve together.”

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PremiAir team principal Matt Cook echoed those sentiments.

“Tim’s talent at the wheel of a Supercar is well established, and his attitude and approach to his racing and being part of a team is something which has helped make our decision to welcome him aboard an easy one,” he said.

Peter Xiberras (right) talks with PremiAir Racing team principal Matt Cook. Pic: Rhys Vandersyde/InSyde Media

“We are confident that Tim will fit into our team perfectly as we look to up our game even further for our second season in the Supercars championship.

“We are assured Tim will bring home success as part of PremiAir Racing in 2023.”

It’s worth noting the announcement makes no mention of a multi-year component.

“I’m excited to be joining Pete and his team at PremiAir Racing,” said Slade, who lives on the Gold Coast where the General Motors-aligned squad is also based.

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“I admire Pete’s passion and drive to succeed and am very much looking forward to contributing and furthering the progress the team has made in year one.

“Whilst I’m excited for what lies ahead, there’s also part of me that is sad to be leaving the Blanchard family and team where I have made some great memories over the past two years. So I would like to say a big thanks to the Blanchards, the team and the wider CoolDrive family.”

V8 Sleuth understands James Golding will be Slade’s teammate.

Todd Hazelwood meanwhile will shift from Matt Stone Racing in the off-season to take over the vacated BRT seat.

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