SHELL V-POWER RACING TEAM MOVES TO THE TOP OF THE TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIPRebecca_dutton_djr_com_au
DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN – QUALIFYING RACE 17, QUALIFYING RACE 18, RACE 17, RACE 18
Anton De Pasquale – No. 11 Shell V-Power Racing Ford Mustang GT
Qualifying – Race 17 – 5th (Fastest Time: 1m05.423s)
Qualifying – Race 18 – 2nd (Fastest Time: 1m05.010s)
Race 17 – 4th (Fastest Time: 1m07.809s)
Race 18 – 2nd (Fastest Time: 1m07.113s)
Will Davison – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford Mustang GT
Qualifying – Race 17 – 3rd (Fastest Time: 1m05.363s)
Qualifying – Race 18 – 1st (Fastest Time: 1m04.811s)
Race 17 – 2nd (Fastest Time: 1m07.686s)
Race 18 – 4th (Fastest Time: 1m07.053s)
Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison completed a consistent Darwin Triple Crown and now lead the Teams’ Championship.
RACE 17 RECAP
The Darwin Triple Crown never disappoints with beautifully warm conditions. Anton De Pasquale qualified in P5 and teammate Will Davison in P3.
De Pasquale and Davison both had a good start, with Davison getting past Reynolds for P2 just after turn 1. De Pasquale retained P5.
An incident at the hairpin caused a red flag. After around 10 minutes, the race recommenced under Safety Car conditions. At the recommencement of Race 17, De Pasquale sat in P5 and Davison in P2.
From the lead group, Le Brocq was the first to come in for his compulsory pit stop on lap 12. van Gisbergen came in on lap 18 and rejoined behind Le Brocq.
Davison came in for his compulsory pit stop on lap 19 for rear tyres only, as did Waters. Davison rejoined the race behind Waters and ahead of Le Brocq.
van Gisbergen got by Le Brocq on lap 19 at turn 5 for P3 effectively.
De Pasquale came in for his compulsory pit stop on lap 24 for rear tyres only, as did Reynolds. Reynolds took on four tyres as opposed to two. De Pasquale rejoined the race behind van Gisbergen and in front of Le Brocq.
Le Brocq passed De Pasquale at turn 1 for P4, before De Pasquale returned to P4 on lap 25.
At the completion of all the compulsory pit stops, De Pasquale sat in P4 and Davison in P2.
De Pasquale was gaining on van Gisbergen but was unable to pass him in the final laps. Davison also challenged Waters for the lead in the final laps, however, was unable to get by.
At the conclusion of Race 17, De Pasquale finished in P4 and Davison in P2.
RACE 18 RECAP
A quick turnaround after a hot Race 17 for the team, Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison locked out the front-row for the second time this weekend. De Pasquale qualified in P2 and Davison in P1, his sixth pole position of the year.
De Pasquale had a great start and lead into turn 1 with Davison just behind in P2. Once all the cars settled into the race, it was clean and uneventful.
Mostert was the first of the lead pack to stop on lap 10. While van Gisbergen passed Waters for P3 on lap 17.
De Pasquale came in for his compulsory pit stop on lap 19 for three tyres. De Pasquale rejoined the race behind Mostert and ahead of Feeney who stopped on lap 16.
Waters came in for his pit stop on lap 22 for three tyres, as did van Gisbergen on lap 23. van Gisbergen rejoined the race behind De Pasquale and Feeney.
Davison came in for his compulsory pit stop on lap 23 and had four tyres changed. Davison rejoined the race behind De Pasquale and ahead of van Gisbergen.
The Safety Car was deployed on lap 26 for an incident at the hairpin between Best and Jacobson. On lap 30, the green flag was waved, De Pasquale in P2 and Davison in P3.
van Gisbergen pushed Davison wide at turn 1 after the restart, dropping Davison to P6. Davison was able to quickly get by Brown to recover up to P5. van Gisbergen dropped to P22 and received a 15-second time penalty for a driving infringement.
De Pasquale kept closing in the gap to Mostert who was leading after the Safety Car restart but was unable to pass him for P1.
Davison passed Feeney on the final lap for P4.
At the completion of Round 6 of the Repco Supercars Championship Anton De Pasquale is 2nd in the Drivers’ Championship and Will Davison is 4th. The Shell V-Power Racing Team moves to the top of the Teams’ Championship.
DE PASQUALE QUOTE
“It was a really good weekend for the Shell V-Power Racing Team, we were on the podium, either Will or I in every race, a 1-2 yesterday, a couple of front-row lockouts, we’re all pretty happy.
“I think our race car has come a long throughout the year, so we will try to carry that into Townsville. It’s a very different circuit, we had some success there last year, so looking forward to it.”
“We had such a fast car and I’m disappointed that we couldn’t convert that to a race win. I wasn’t able to get the car off the line fast enough and if I had I would’ve been long gone up the road. The car was sensational and big thanks to the team and sorry for not being able to get the job done”