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Tim through time: Slade’s Supercars story

WITH the next chapter of Tim Slade’s Repco Supercars Championship career announced this morning, V8 Sleuth takes a walk down memory lane to revisit his 14-year journey in the main game.

Paul Morris Motorsports, 2009

The South Australian made the jump straight from the Super2 Series, debuting at Adelaide without any prior top-flight experience in endurance co-drives.

He’d have to wait until Round 3 to see the chequered flag for the first time, but the Phillip Island and Bathurst enduros later brought highlights in the form of seventh-place finishes in both.

Slade’s debut came on home soil at the 2009 Adelaide 500. Pic: an1images.com / Justin Deeley

Stone Brothers Racing, 2010-12

Having helped Slade into PMM in 2009, SA businessman James Rosenberg went a step further and bought a franchise that enabled the youngster to drive at an expanded SBR in 2010.

It was with the Ford squad that Slade claimed a career-best fifth in the championship in 2012.

Slade (#47) scored his maiden top five finish at the 2010 Phillip Island 500, paired with Jack Perkins. Pic: an1images.com / Justin Deeley
Slade broke through for not one but three podiums at the 2011 Ipswich 300. Pic: an1images.com / Justin Deeley
Slade’s first pole position came in the 2012 finale at Homebush. Pic: an1images.com / Justin Deeley

Erebus Motorsport, 2013

Slade and Rosenberg stayed on through SBR’s switch to Erebus Motorsport Mercedes but results proved hard to come by, winding up 22nd in the end-of-year rankings.

Slade (#47) at the Circuit of The Americas. Pic: an1images.com / Justin Deeley

Walkinshaw Racing, 2014-15

Slade’s return to Commodore machinery as part of Walkinshaw Racing’s second garage (alongside its flagship Holden Racing Team cars) brought him four podiums across two seasons.

Slade returned to Supercheap colours in 2014. Pic: an1images.com
At the 2015 Tasmania SuperSprint. Pic: an1images.com

Brad Jones Racing, 2016-19

Next up was a chance to replace DJR Team Penske-bound Fabian Coulthard as BJR’s lead driver.

By his 10th race with the Albury outfit, he was standing atop a Supercars Championship podium.

Tim Slade took a cleansweep of the 2016 Winton SuperSprint. Pic: an1images.com
Slade and Ash Walsh went retro for the 2017 Sandown 500. Pic: Daniel Kalisz
Slade (#14) finished fourth on three occasions in 2018, including here at Tailem Bend. Pic: Mark Horsburgh
Slade and Walsh were back at it at the 2019 Gold Coast 600. Pic: an1images.com

Dick Johnson Racing, 2020 (co-driver)

Having missed out on a full-time seat, DJR swooped on Slade to co-drive with Scott McLaughlin, combining for fifth in the Bathurst 1000.

Slade aboard Scott McLaughlin’s Mustang. Pic: Scott Wensley

Blanchard Racing Team, 2021-22

The launch of BRT as a standalone squad handed Slade a lifeline, getting him a Mustang of his own.

Slade (#3) started his first race for BRT on the front row at the 2021 Mount Panorama 500
Slade at the 2022 Sandown SuperSprint. Pic: Mark Horsburgh

PremiAir Racing, 2023 (and beyond?)

Next up: Senior driver status at PremiAir Racing as the Gen3 era begins next season. He’ll drive one of two Chevrolet Camaros being built for the team by Triple Eight.

Slade pictured this week in PremiAir Racing apparel
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