Words by Circuit Excel S.A.
Supercars driver Tim Slade is going back to his grassroots and competing in the Wynn’s Circuit Excel State Championships at The Bend Motorsport this weekend.
Slade is taking his father Gil Slade’s spot, after watching the series for the first time at a Supercars round at Winton.
“We went out to pit wall and I think there was something crazy like 45 or 50 cars. It’s pretty cool to see that many cars around a race track in Winton,” Slade said.
“Talking to dad after the race, he said ‘come for a skid’, so I worked out with them what race I could do.”
For Slade it’s about more than cutting a few more laps around The Bend, it’s a chance for him to catch up with family at home and go back to the good old days of amateur racing.“It has been a while since i’ve done any racing with dad. The last was probably Formula Ford in 2003. It should actually be quite good, I don’t think he’s left any stone unturned,” Slade said.
Despite Slade recently completing his 150th Supercars race, he’s not confident that he will dominate the field. “The guys at the front of any category are really fast, I would never go into something and expect to win it. It is all about having a bit of fun”
He didn’t think a few extra laps at The Bend would help him in Supercars, as he said his BJR commodore would “feel like a Formula One car” in comparison.
Slade said he was impressed by the category, especially how many people across Australia were joining the category.
“I do think it is a really good competitive entry level category”
CAMS Sporting Car Club of SA Inc. 2019 State Motor Racing Champion Series, round 2.
When- June 29 and 30. Excel Saturday race 1 11.30am, race 2 1.45pm,
Sunday Race 3 9.15am, race 4 10.30am and race 5 1.30pm.
Where- The Bend Motorsport Park
Contact- Lucy Slade 0428856227 or club president Nathan Green 0412 399 593