PODIUM FINISH FOR DE PASQUALE AT TOWNSVILLE 500

TOWNSVILLE 500 – SATURDAY 10 JULY  – QUALIFYING, TTS, RACE 15

Anton De Pasquale – No. 11 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying – 10th (Fastest Time: 1m12.6556s)
Top Ten Shootout – 4th (Fastest Time: 1m12.7292s)
Race 15 – 3rd (Fastest Time: 1m.14.1646s)

Will Davison – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying – 4th (Fastest Time: 1m12.3869s)
Top Ten Shootout – 3rd  (Fastest Time: 1m12.7136s)
Race 15 – 9th (Fastest Time: 1m14.2774s)

Anton De Pasquale has finished 3rd in Race 15 today at the Townsville 500. It was a solid day of racing for the Shell V-Power Racing Team after both Ford Mustang GTs made it through Qualifying to the Top Ten Shootout, where they locked out the second row on the grid for the 250km street race.

Race 15 Recap

Will Davison started the 88-lap fuel race in P3, and teammate De Pasquale was just one place behind in P4.

Car No. 19 stopped on the track during the formation lap, forcing an extra formation lap while it was cleared. This reduced the race length from 88 laps down to 87.

Courtney was quick off the line at the start of Race 15 and stormed his way up the inside of Davison at turn 1. He gave him a little bump on his way, which opened the door for Percat to also file in past Davison. After the lap 1, De Pasquale was P4 and Davison P6.

During the opening laps jostling for position, Reynolds also around his way past Davison at turn 11, dropping him down to P7. On lap 11, Davison had Slade just 0.3s behind and hot on his heels, but Davison had more pace and slowly increased his gap.

De Pasquale closed the gap to Courtney to just 0.2s by lap 22 and was looking for a way past. He got the job done at turn 13. Davison was fighting to take back his position from Reynolds on lap 25, but Reynolds removed himself from the situation by pitting.

Davison was the first of the team’s Ford Mustangs to stop for tyres and fuel, which he did on lap 29. De Pasquale followed one lap later, beat Percat out of the lane and rejoined the race in P3. 

De Pasquale moved into P2 on lap 34 after rounding up Van Gisbergen, but Van Gisbergen reclaimed his spot at turn 13. Meanwhile, Davison was sitting in P7. 

Percat pitted early in the sound round of stops, going for the undercut on De Pasquale. De Pasquale made his second compulsory stop on lap 60 but rejoined in front of Percat; his attempt at the undercut was unsuccessful.

Davison stopped one lap after his teammate and rejoined the race in front of Slade and behind Reynolds in P7. On lap 68, Davison had crept up on the back of Reynolds and wasted no time making his move to claim P5.

Having missed the minimum fuel drop, car No. 17 had to make a third stop with just three laps remaining. This dropped Davison back to P9, where he finished the race.

De Pasquale was never threatened in the final stint and finished on the podium in P3.

DE PASQUALE QUOTE 

“I’m happy to get a trophy and happy to get a podium after the way the day started, but I’m not happy with how far behind we were. So we’ll have to have a think about it and have a look at it all to work out how to get a little bit quicker.”

“Our tyre life was good, we just didn’t have the speed throughout the whole race. But we’ll have a crack tomorrow and try and close the gap.”

DAVISON QUOTE 

“Unfortunately, we had a very difficult start of the race. We just had no speed in the first stint when the track was very hot. But then we came good at the end of each stint as the track gripped up and cooled off. We got more and more competitive as the race went on.” 

“It was certainly very frustrating for the first stint or two because I was very uncompetitive, but we kept our head down, kept our cool and got ourselves back into a good spot. We had quite good speed there at the end.” 

“I felt very sorry for the guys with the fuel issue because obviously they will be taking it pretty hard, but they were trying to do the best job they could in the pits. So we’ll come back tomorrow and see if we can fight for a podium.”