STRONG OPENING DAY AT DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN FOR SHELL V-POWER RACING TEAMmegan
DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN – FRIDAY 18 JUNE – PRACTICE
Anton De Pasquale – No. 11 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice 1 – 3rd (Fastest time: 1m06.2904s)
Practice 2 – 3rd (Fastest Lap: 1m06.0358s)
Will Davison – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice 1 – 13th (Fastest Lap: 1m06.7243s)
Practice 2 – 5th (Fastest Lap: 1m06.1235s)
The Repco Supercars Championship is in the Top End this weekend for Darwin Triple Crown, and today saw the debut of the new Dunlop Super Soft Tyre.
The new tyre compound was scheduled to make its debut at the Winton SuperSprint, but with the event postponed due to COVID, this was the first time it has been used at a race event.
In Practice 1, both Shell V-Power Racing Team drivers, Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison, focussed on simulating a 20-lap race stint to collect valuable data and understand how the new super soft tyres would perform in the hot conditions.
De Pasquale bolted on some fresh rubber for one last run in the final minutes of the session and clocked a time quick enough for P3. Davison finished the session in P13.
Practice 2 was barely underway when Bryce Fullwood’s car stopped on the track with the bonnet open. This caused a red flag.
With the first Practice session spent working on race simulation, the team worked on setting up the cars for qualifying during Practice 2. De Pasquale went quickest early despite running wide on the exit of turn two. Davison started the session on older tyres, so was sitting in the top 20.
The crew made some adjustments to the rear of Davison’s car before sending him back out on fresh rubber. On his next lap, he jumped from P23 up into P4. De Pasquale also improved his previous time and jumped back into P1 by a tenth and a half.
With five minutes remaining, both drivers headed back out for one more run. Davison improved once again and moved up into P3, before getting bumped to P5. De Pasquale didn’t improve his earlier time and finished the session in P3.
DE PASQUALE QUOTE
“Today was good, and we learnt a lot of things. We did some qualifying runs and race runs, and now we’ll sleep on it all tonight and see what comes out of it on the other side tomorrow when we head into qualifying.
“It’s the first tie on this tyre, but you never really feel those things too much unless you are changing tyre-to-tyre on the same day. We just rolled out, got the grip and just drove; everyone just adapted very quickly.”
“We’ve tried different things today and always learning. For me, it’s the first time here in this car, so we’ll take something out of today and see what we produce tomorrow.”
“The new tyres were certainly put to the test today. The conditions here are really hot, so we got quite a different balance to what we were expecting. It was really hard to get a true indication of the changes because the tyres were getting so hot.”
“But, we got through our program. We did a race run, and we can look at that information tonight. We ended up making a couple of really good changes during the session and made big inroads with the car to end up in the top five.”
“We are certainly going in the right direction.”