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THE BEND SUPERSPRINT – QUALIFYING – RACE 22, QUALIFYING – RACE 23, RACE 22, RACE 23
Anton De Pasquale – No. 11 Shell V-Power Racing Ford Mustang GT
Qualifying – Race 22 – 5th (Fastest Time: 1m48.835s)
Qualifying – Race 23 – 2nd (Fastest Time: 1m48.376s)
Race 22 – 5th (Fastest Time: 1m50.511s)
Race 23 – 7th (Fastest Time: 2m07.685s)
Will Davison – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford Mustang GT
Qualifying – Race 22 – 23rd (Fastest Time: 1m49.748s)
Qualifying – Race 23 – 10th (Fastest Time: 1m48.782s)
Race 22 – 13th (Fastest Time: 1m50.551s)
Race 23 – 4th (Fastest Time: 2m07.990s)
Anton De Pasquale finishes in P5 and P7 in Races 22 and 23 respectively. Will Davison finishes in P13 and P4 respectively in Races 22 and 23.
RACE 22 RECAP
Day two at The Bend SuperSprint started with two quick-fire Qualifying. Anton De Pasquale qualified in P5 for Race 22 and Will Davison qualified in P23 after locking a tyre during his flying lap.
Spots of rain started to fall in the lead-up to the start of Race 22, but not enough to start on the wet tyre compound. De Pasquale and Davison had a great start to Race 22, De Pasquale jumping up to P2 and Davison up to P18 going into Turn 1.
Race 22 was red flag moments after the race start due to a frightening accident between Randle and Heimgartner. Randle stalled the start which resulted in Heimgartner hitting the rear right end of his car causing significant damage. Thankfully both drivers walked away from the incident.
Race 22 restarted on the grid from the original starting positions.
De Pasquale got a good start and was able to gain three positions before the end of lap 1. Davison was unlucky to be turned around by Zak Best at the restart and dropped back to P24 after an excellent restart.
van Gisbergen passed De Pasquale for P3 on lap 4 and Waters was closely behind but unable to make the move.
De Pasquale came in on lap 6 for his compulsory pit stop. The Shell V-Power Racing Team crew serviced De Pasquale with left-side tyres only.
Davison came in for his compulsory pit stop came in on lap 15 for left-side tyres only.
Race 22 concluded after 18 laps due to the red flag. At the conclusion of Race 22, De Pasquale finished in P5 and Davison in P13.
RACE 23 RECAP
The wet weather arrived just before the start of the race, with the crew changing both Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison’s tyres on the grid. De Pasquale started from P2 and Davison from P9 after Randle didn’t start the race.
Race 23 started under Safety Car conditions which lasted for two laps before green flag racing started. Visibility was at a minimum due to the water spray for all drivers.
De Pasquale retained P2 and Davison P9 after the first few corners. The top three cars were tussling for the lead, De Pasquale was able to get by Waters for P1 momentarily before sliding in a puddle and dropping down to P3 behind van Gisbergen.
Waters and van Gisbergen continued to tussle for the lead for the following laps.
Davison was able to get by Mostert and Brown on lap 6 before Mostert and Davison battled it out with a double cross and an unfortunate nudge causing both cars to spear off the road. Mostert received a 15-second time penalty for the incident with Davison. Davison dropped back to P9 after the incident with Mostert.
De Pasquale slide wide in a puddle of water on lap 14, dropping him from P3 to P6.
De Pasquale got by Courtney one lap later to get back up to P5.
De Pasquale came in for his compulsory pit stop on lap 20 for rear tyres only. Davison came in for his compulsory pit stop on the final lap for rear tyres only.
De Pasquale finished Race 23 in P7 and Davison in P4.
At the conclusion of Round 8 of the Repco Supercars Championship, Anton De Pasquale sits 3rd in the Driver’s Championship and Will Davison is 4th. The Shell V-Power Racing Team is currently 2nd in the Team’s Championship.
DE PASQUALE QUOTE
“Qualifying today was pretty similar to yesterday, it was great to get a front-row start for the final race. The first race was pretty hectic with the red flag and two starts, I don’t know the last time or if ever we have done that. We didn’t have much car speed but we were sort of in the thick of it for most of the race.
“It was a wet last race starting on the front row, we made some changes for that race, but obviously didn’t get to see it because of the weather. We tracked along alright and it rained quite hard through the middle of the race and I had a few offs and ended up where we were.”
“It’s been a really tough day, qualifying was difficult after a few errors in the moments where it counted for me. I missed the boat in qualifying and two difficult races. I got spun in both races and we fought back as best we could. We once again had some great race speed, which was frustrating.
The wet race was really exciting with crazy conditions. I really enjoyed it, I got a great start and we were really in with a good shot to challenge for the top couple of places. I got spun early and then dropped right back. Then I was obviously attacking really hard and we were super fast. We had a few costly mistakes trying to charge back through the field and the conditions were changing all the time. We ended up in fourth and it was a good salvage and recovery and a lot of fun.”