Walkinshaw Racing has confirmed, as expected, that Tim Slade will replace the soon-to-retire Russell Ingall in its SuperCheap Auto Racing Holden next year.
Slade’s departure from his current team, Erebus Motorsport, was confirmed last week, and it was widely expected that he would join the Walkinshaw Racing stable, which also fields former champions Garth Tander and James Courtney in its Holden Racing Team.
Slade will serve as SuperCheap Auto’s new ‘face’ in its marketing campaigns as the replacement to Ingall, with whom he was paired as a teammate in his maiden season of V8 Supercars competition in 2009.
After finishing fifth in last year’s Drivers’ Championship in what was the final year of the Stone Brothers Racing team, Slade has struggled in his and Erebus Motorsport’s first year together running the AMG E63 challenger, a factor that no doubt prompted his decision to switch to a factory Holden effort.
“To be able to join a team as successful as Walkinshaw Racing and reunite with Supercheap Auto was the perfect scenario for me when I was considering the next step in my career,” Slade said in today’s announcement.
“Walkinshaw Racing’s achievements are second to none, and its recent results show it is coming to terms with the Car Of The Future chassis.
“It has an impressive depth of technical talent and a strong, on-going development program, everything that is required to be successful on-track.”
“Tim is a very capable and talented young driver who joins us without any airs and graces,” added Walkinshaw Racing’s managing director, Steve Hallam.
Slade also paid tribute to James Rosenberg, whose Racing Entitlements Contract he has raced under – with Stone Brothers Racing and Erebus Motorsport – for the past four seasons.
“I cannot say enough about James and everything he has done for me. Not only has he been my ‘car owner’ from day one, he helped guide my career and has become a great friend,” he added.
“James and I discussed all the possibilities for my future throughout this process and he gave me his full support in my decision.
“By announcing my decision today, it also allows me to get on with the job and finish the year in the best possible way for James and Erebus Motorsport.”