De Pasquale on Super2 pole for first time
Anton de Pasquale has scored his first Armor All Pole Position in qualifying for Race 2 of the Dunlop Super2 Series at Sandown, despite two offs during the session.
De Pasquale edged Todd Hazelwood out of top spot after the chequered flag, while overnight series leader Paul Dumbrell qualified 11th after his second run was hampered by traffic.
De Pasquale took the #67 Paul Morris Motorsports FGX Falcon off the track at Turn 1 early in his second run, then again at Dandenong Road late in the piece.
However, he managed to regroup to clock a benchmark 1:09.4602s with the clock at zero.
“It was a last lap wonder kind of lap,” said de Pasquale.
“I clipped the wall a bit earlier in the session so it was a (case of) ‘put it all in’ out there.
“The car was really good, we tuned it overnight, so now I have to get it done in the race, but a good start to the day.”
Hazelwood was only 16th after his first run in the #35 Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore but quickly shot to the top in his latter run.
He will start second, on the clean side of the track as he seeks to regain the series lead he lost the day prior.
MW Motorsport team-mates Jack Le Brocq (#28 Nissan Altima) and Bryce Fullwood (#16 Nissan Altima) both spent time at the top of the timing screen in the final three minutes, finishing up third and fourth respectively.
Shae Davies (#26 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima) was the fifth and final car under the practice record, set by Garry Jacobson last year.
The top 10 was rounded out by Richard Muscat (#44 Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore), Macauley Jones (#14 Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore), Jacobson (#1 Prodrive Racing Australia FGX Falcon), Jake Kostecki (#56 Kostecki Brothers Racing VF Commodore), and Will Brown (#38 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore).
Dumbrell (#88 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore) was on track to better his time when he came across traffic exiting Dandenong Road in the final five minutes.
While Hazelwood stepped aside, Adam Marjoram (#15 Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore) stayed on the race line and delayed Dumbrell.
The series leader pitted that lap and did not reappear.
Jack Perkins could only manage 21st after his program was disrupted by a suspected engine issue in his #4 VF Commodore.
Perkins pitted before setting a time in his first run in order for the Dragon Motor Racing team had to attend to the problem, which turned out to be an oil overfill.
Race 2 of the weekend, to be run over 22 laps, starts at 1055 local time/AEST.
Results: Armor All Qualifying
|1||Paul Morris Motorsports||Anton de Pasquale||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:09.4602|
|2||Bigmate Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.4624||0.0022|
|3||GoGetta Racing/ MWM||Jack Le Brocq||Nissan Altima||1:09.4799||0.0197|
|4||Middys Electrical / MWM||Bryce Fullwood||Nissan Altima||1:09.5845||0.1243|
|5||LOCO Energy Drink / MWM||Shae Davies||Nissan Altima||1:09.6258||0.1656|
|6||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Richard Muscat||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.7962||0.3360|
|7||PAYCE||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.8023||0.3421|
|8||MEGA Fuels Racing||Garry Jacobson||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:09.8633||0.4031|
|9||Arcoplate Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.8653||0.4051|
|10||Eggleston Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.8701||0.4099|
|11||Eggleston Motorsport||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.9532||0.4930|
|12||Arcoplate Racing||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||1:09.9712||0.5110|
|13||Alliance Truck Parts||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.0534||0.5932|
|14||Team Caltex||Jordan Boys||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.1243||0.6641|
|15||Wynns||Josh Kean||Ford Falcon FG/X||1:10.1872||0.7270|
|16||The Chahda’s||Matthew Chahda||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.3722||0.9120|
|17||Eggleston Motorsport||Nathan Morcom||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.4075||0.9473|
|18||Sprint Cutting Racing||Brodie Kostecki||Ford Falcon FG||1:10.4484||0.9882|
|19||SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.5056||1.0454|
|20||Auto One Racing||Adam Marjoram||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.5430||1.0828|
|21||Titan Tray||Jack Perkins||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.5678||1.1076|
|22||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Mason Barbera||Holden Commodore VF||1:10.7963||1.3361|
|23||STR Truck Bodies & Trailers||Matthew Palmer||Ford Falcon FG||1:13.3266||3.8664|