ROLLER COASTER DAY AT DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN FOR SHELL V-POWER RACING TEAM

DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN – SATURDAY 19 JUNE – QUALIFYING AND RACE 12

Anton De Pasquale – No. 11 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying Part 1 – 12th (Fastest Lap: 1m06.4765s)
Qualifying Part 2- 6th (Fastest Lap: 1m05.7372s)
Top Ten Shootout – 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m05.2904s)
Race 12 – DNF

Will Davison – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying Part 1 – 24th (Fastest Lap: 1m06.9059s)
Qualifying Part 2 – n/a
Top Ten Shootout – n/a
Race 12 – 14th (Fastest time:1m07.4988s)

The Shell V-Power Racing Team experienced the full spectrum of emotions on the opening day of racing at the Darwin Triple Crown. The day started on a high for young-gun Anton De Pasquale after claiming pole position and two records but ended in disaster on the opening lap of Race 12. Teammate Will Davison fought his way up to P14 in the race after a disappointing qualifying.

TODAY’S RACING RECAP

Anton De Pasquale put together textbook qualifying, making his way through the two knock-out sessions to the Top Ten Shootout. He not only claimed his third consecutive pole position, but he also matched Mark Skaife’s 30-year record and broke Scott McLaughlin’s qualifying lap record at Hidden Valley. Will Davison was disappointed with his start to the day, failing to make it past the first qualifying session.

The start of Race 12 was hectic with Van Gisbergen quick to make a move on De Pasquale. He dived down the inside of the No. 11 Ford Mustang at turn one on the opening lap and move into P1. Mid-corner, De Pasquale was hit from behind by Pye which triggered a five-car pile-up. While Pye later received a drive-through penalty for the incident at turn 1, it was little consolation for De Pasquale, who had received significant damage to his car. His race was over.

Davison received a minor tap on his rear bar during the lap 1 carnage but escaped unscathed and was in P19 at the race restart. Davison made his compulsory stop on lap 21 and it was a solid stop by the crew. Rejoining the race in fresh air, Davison showed great pace as he closed the gap to Whincup.

With seven laps remaining, he had driven up to the rear of Whincup and was in P13. Stuck in dirty air, Davison was unable to make his way past Whincup. On the final lap, Shane Van Gisbergen, on fresher tyres, was able to make his way past Davison. He finished Race 12 in P14.

DE PASQUALE QUOTE

“Today started off really well. We made it through qualifying and into the shootout where I managed to put it on pole.

“Then what can I say about the race? It was over before it started. I just got hit from behind and that was the day done. I really disappointed by I know the crew will do an awesome job overnight getting the car ready for tomorrow, and we’ll go again.”

DAVISON QUOTE

“There’s not a lot to say about today other than I’m it’s over because it was very obviously disappointing. It was a very strange qualifying session; the track was massively slippery out of the gate, and we just missed out in that first segment with the track evolution. It was frustrating not to be able to really get a good read on the car.”

“In the race, I tried to steer clear the carnage and the car was fast, but I got stuck in dirty air and there’s not much you can do from there. But good thing is we got a new day tomorrow.”