DE PASQUALE WINS CLOSING RACE AT SYDNEY MOTORSPORT PARKRebecca_dutton_djr_com_au
SYDNEY SUPERNIGHT – SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER – QUALIFYING, RACE 21, RACE 22
Anton De Pasquale – No. 11 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying for Race 21 – 1st (Fastest Time: 1m28:298s)
Qualifying for Race 22 – 1st (Fastest Time: 1m28:308s)
Race 21 – Excluded
Race 22 – P1
Will Davison – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying for Race 21 – 2nd (Fastest Time: 1m28:955s)
Qualifying for Race 22 – 6th (Fastest Time: 1m28:922s)
Race 21 – P2
Race 22 – P5
Anton De Pasquale claims his second victory of the weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park. Teammate Will Davison finishes second in Race 21.
Race 21 Recap
This morning’s 10-minute quick fire qualifying session saw De Pasquale claim his second pole award for the weekend, and teammate Davison close behind in second for a Shell V-Power Racing Team front row lock out.
Davison got the better start over his teammate and jumped up to P1, while De Pasquale struggled with his start and dropped to P6 going into turn 2. Mostert got the better of De Pasquale who went wide on lap 2 and dropped to P7.
De Pasquale was the first Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang to complete their compulsory pit stop on lap 8. The crew serviced De Pasquale with two right side only used tyres. Davison took his compulsory pit stop on lap 19 and was serviced with four used tyres. Davison was jumped by van Gisbergen on release, but only took on three tyres compared to Davison.
During Race 21, Davison experienced an electrical issue with his dash where he lost all power and had to complete a restart of No. 17 on his pit stop on lap 19.
After the completion of Anton De Pasquale’s compulsory pit stop in Race 21, we became aware of a mistake made during this pit stop, with the wrong tyre being put onto Anton’s No. 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang. This was a mistake that didn’t bring any sort of advantage to Anton, however, as soon as we became aware of this, we notified Supercars accordingly.
Knowing the consequences, we accept them and after what has been an otherwise very successful return to racing for the Team this weekend.
Davison finished Race 21 in P2 and unfortunately for De Pasquale was excluded from the second race.
Race 22 Recap
The final 125km Sydney event started with De Pasquale claiming this third straight pole award for the weekend and teammate Davison starting the race from P6.
De Pasquale got a better start than Race 21 and retained P1 into turn 1. Davison also got a good start and was able to jump up to P5.
Davison was the first Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang to complete his compulsory pit stop on lap 9. The crew serviced him with two used tyres on the right side only. De Pasquale came into pit lane three laps later for his compulsory stop. The crew serviced him with four used tyres.
After the completion of all compulsory pit stops De Pasquale sits P1 and Davison sits P3 after 18 laps. One lap later, van Gisbergen who had an additional new tyre from his stop was able to pass Davison for P3. Few laps later Whincup caught up to Davison to drop him to P5.
De Pasquale finished Race 22 in P1 and Davison finished in P5. After this weekend’s Sydney SuperNight, Davison sits 3rd and De Pasquale sits 6th in the Drivers’ Championship. The Shell V-Power Racing Team remain 2nd in the Teams’ Championship.
DE PASQUALE QUOTE
“The car rolled out of the truck really well and the guys did an awesome job in that break, just getting everything spot on.
”It was cool to execute a couple of race wins this weekend after starting from pole position. I am looking forward to more racing over the next three weekends.”
“Obviously very disappointed with today’s first race, we put everything into that one and got a good start and we somewhat had it in the bag. I’m pretty gutted to have an electrical issue that you just never have so the timing couldn’t have been worse, but that’s motorsport.
The missed opportunity earlier this morning hurts a lot, but that’s a good thing because I am really hungry to get that win.”