Supercar Driver Tim Slade Replaces Soon-To-Wed Oliphant

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Australia-based BTCC champion, Oliphant, has made a triumphant return to racing this year, teaming up with Ash Seward F1 Flow in TCR Australia.

Oliphant has divided his time between driving the team’s vintage Alfa Romeo and the newly added Lynk & Co 03 TCR throughout the current season.

His first win of the season occurred during the recent mixed-grid race at Winton, but he will be absent from the upcoming race at Queensland Raceway next weekend.

The reason for his absence is a happy one: he’ll be tying the knot with his Australian fiancée, Gen Gordon, in the UK.

Filling in for him will be Supercars veteran Tim Slade, who previously conducted testing for ASM in 2020, and made a guest appearance in a TCR race driving a Wall Racing Honda last year.

Last week, Slade had the opportunity to test the Lynk and Co at QR and is eager for the unexpected driving time during the reduced 12-round Supercars season.

Slade expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “I had a great time on the test day with the Lynk & Co and teaming up with Ashley Seward, who is incredibly knowledgeable about car preparation and set-up. The Lynk & Co has an impressive track record in Europe, and based on my limited TCR experience, it’s the most fun TCR car I’ve driven. Its drive is closest to a typical rear-wheel-drive car, compared to when I tested Ash’s Alfa a few years back or raced the Honda at Bathurst.”

He further added, “Ash and I have a longstanding working relationship since I first moved to Melbourne. His standard of work is exceedingly high, which made the test day all the more enjoyable. The limited Supercars season allows for some beneficial time in other categories, and my TCR competition experience last year was extremely enjoyable due to its intensity and close racing. I’m grateful to Tom, Ash, and the team for this opportunity. We’ll push ourselves to the limit and aim to maximize our results.”

Meanwhile, Oliphant is planning to return to the racing scene at the Sandown round in September.

He said, “While I’m disappointed to miss the Queensland race, it’s for the best possible reason – marrying Gen, my girlfriend of 13 years who has supported me throughout my motorsport career. ASM and Autoglym have chosen an excellent replacement, and I wish them the best of luck in Queensland. I’m looking forward to returning and vying for my next victory at Sandown in September.”

The upcoming QR TCR round is scheduled for August 11-13.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tim Slade replaces Oliphant

Who is replacing Oliphant in the upcoming TCR Australia race?

Supercars veteran Tim Slade will be replacing Oliphant in the upcoming TCR Australia race at Queensland Raceway.

Why will Oliphant be missing the Queensland Raceway round?

Oliphant will be missing the Queensland Raceway round because he will be in the UK marrying his fiancée, Gen Gordon.

What car did Tim Slade test for the upcoming race?

Tim Slade tested the Lynk & Co 03 TCR for the upcoming race.

When is Oliphant planning to return to racing?

Oliphant is planning to return to racing for the Sandown round in September.

When will the Queensland Raceway TCR round take place?

The Queensland Raceway TCR round is scheduled to take place on August 11-13, 2023.

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PitStopPete August 5, 2023 - 10:24 am

So Slade’s the replacement… interesting. Been awhile since his ASM test in 2020, but that Lynk & Co should be a nice ride. fingers crossed he’s got the stuff.

RacingFan21 August 5, 2023 - 10:25 am

Wow, Tim Slade steppin in! Looking forward to see how he does in the TCR. Gonna miss Oliphant but hey, man’s gotta get married, right? lol

aussieRacer August 5, 2023 - 11:36 am

Good on ya Oliphant, Congrats on the weddin mate! Slade’s a good choice for the hot seat, can’t wait for the next race

SpeedsterJo August 5, 2023 - 7:29 pm

Slade’s back, baby!! Gonna be interesting to see him in a TCR. Bet he’s itching for some track action with the lean supercars season. buckle up!

AlfaRomeoLover August 5, 2023 - 9:54 pm

Been watchin Oliphant split time between the old Alfa and the Lynk this season, really good stuff. Excited to see Slade in the mix now. Oliphant’s got some big shoes to fill, no pressure Timmy!


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