Repco Supercars Championship racer Tim Slade has shattered the outright lap record at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, driving a Brabham Automotive BT62 at Round 3 of the Victorian State Race Series.
The longstanding record was broken by Slade contesting the second race for the MG and Invited Sportscars in the BT62’s maiden circuit competition appearance in Australia.
The Supercars ace posted a 1m 24.06s to better the 22-year record achieved by Simon Wills, a 1m 24.06s in a Reynard 94D Formula Holden during the opening round of the 2000 Australian Drivers’ Championship.
Starting from pit lane, Slade scythed his way through the MG and Invited British Sportscars field into clear air where he broke the record on his first attempt.
“We basically had one shot at the record,” said Slade.
“The track conditions were relatively unknown as the wind increased, it wasn’t a perfect lap, but great to tick it off and claim the record.
“It’s nice when a plan comes together. For me it’s good fun. Driving such a cool car like this is always great.”
A challenging build up for the team provided many challenges to overcome, but elated Slade was quick to praise the team and car owner for giving him the opportunity to race such a rare racing model.
“It hasn’t been an ideal lead up to the record attempt, limited laps on Friday and none yesterday as it was raining, and because also the car is so much faster than all the other MGs it’s against this weekend it is really hard to find clear track to put a lap together.
“Worked pretty hard and jumped through a few hurdles just to be out on track, and we have to thank the MGs and Invited British Sports Cars for accommodating us.
“Happy for the car owner, Matt and Scott from AMS Motorsport and everyone else who has been involved behind the scenes in getting the car here – it’s very appreciated.”
Round 4 of the 5 round VSRS at Sandown International Raceway is scheduled for August 12 – 14. Catch all the action from last weekend, as well as future events live, free and on demand through Blend Line TV’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.