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THE BEND SUPERSPRINT – PRACTICE, QUALIFYING, RACE 21
Anton De Pasquale – No. 11 Shell V-Power Racing Ford Mustang GT
Practice 1 – 9th (Fastest Time: 1m49.323s)
Practice 2 – 2nd (Fastest Time: 1m48.363s)
Qualifying – 5th (Fastest Time: 1m48.140s)
Race 21 – 9th (Fastest Time: 1m50.255s)
Will Davison – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford Mustang GT
Practice 1 – 15th (Fastest Time: 1m49.556s)
Practice 2 – 10th (Fastest Time: 1m48.777s)
Qualifying – 6th (Fastest Time: 1m48.390s)
Race 21 – 2nd (Fastest Time: 1m50.328s)
Anton De Pasquale finished Race 21 in P9 and Will Davison finished in P2 after starting from P6.
RACE 21 RECAP
The Bend SuperSprint started with two Practice sessions and a three-part Qualifying session before the first of three 24-lap SuperSprint races. Anton De Pasquale qualified in position five and teammate Will Davison in position six for Race 21.
Conditions at The Bend Motorsport Park were overcast and cold highlighting the importance of tyre and engine temperature for the start of the rest. Both De Pasquale and Davison had good starts. Davison was able to get ahead of De Pasquale going into Turn 1, with Davison in P5 and De Pasquale in P6.
Davison was the first Shell V-Power Ford Mustang to come in for his compulsory pit stop on lap 6 for left-side tyres only.
De Pasquale came in for his compulsory pit stop one lap later for left-side tyres only. De Pasquale rejoined Race 21 behind Davison.
Waters came in for his compulsory pit stop on lap 11 and rejoined the race behind Davison and ahead of De Pasquale. De Pasquale tried to pass Waters at Turn 1 before battling with him for position before being pushed wide.
De Pasquale dropped a position to B. Kostecki after a battle with Zak Best following his compulsory pit stop.
After the completion of all compulsory pit stops, De Pasquale sat in P7 and Davison in P2.
On the second last lap, De Pasquale dropped behind Feeney and Reynolds.
De Pasquale finished Race 21 in P9 and Davison finished in P2.
DE PASQUALE QUOTE
“We had an okay day, we were kind of there, thereabouts during Qualifying. During the race, we got caught up in a few battles and lost some track position.
“We will give it a tune-up tonight and go again tomorrow.”
“It’s been a tough day, with the two-day format, if you roll out not quite where you want to be, there’s no time for the guys to delve into the info and make any wholesale changes. So we had some things in the car and we were always pushing today and it wasn’t quite where we wanted it to be in the conditions, the wind, the cold conditions. But it certainly wasn’t quite where we wanted to be having a few issues throughout practice and we had to mask a few little things and try to salvage what we could out of today. So definitely to get to second from sixth, I’ll take it as it was definitely a tough Qualifying run for us, but I think we did a good job to get to where we are now.
“The guys did an awesome job, I have to thank them [the crew], as you know we certainly had no plan, it was sort of just get off the line and see where we’re at, what the pace and balance is like with the car. I felt quite decent in the first few laps but certainly, the overcut is a strategy that can work really well here and it’s something that’s been really effective for me in the past.
“It was a last-minute decision to come in from behind Chaz and you know we made it work really well and I pushed reasonably hard and just managed the gap. I still had some decent tyre left at the end so once I knew I was sort of safe in the last few laps the car got better and better.”