De Pasquale converts for Race 20 win at SMP

Anton De Pasquale took the third win of his Supercars Championship career. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Anton De Pasquale has continued his dominance of the Bunnings Trade Sydney SuperNight by winning Race 20 under lights at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The Shell V-Power Racing Team driver was briefly challenged by fellow front-row starter Will Brown but would go on to effectively lead all 32 laps and take his second win of the season.

Repco Supercars Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen got home five seconds in arrears in second position, extending his margin at the top of the table to 312 points, with Brodie Kostecki rounding out the podium in the other Erebus Motorsport entry.

Brad Jones Racing’s Nick Percat brought the #8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore to the chequered flag in fourth, with Brown salvaging fifth after a slow pit stop, and also collecting the five points for the fastest lap.

De Pasquale (#11 Mustang) and Brown (#9 WD-40 ZB Commodore) made an even start from the top of the grid and ran side-by-side all the way to Bond Bend (Turn 2), where the former took the lead courtesy of the inside line.

Fellow Shell V-Power Racing Team driver Will Davison had made a better launch than the aforementioned two but found himself with nowhere to go, and then ended up compromised for real estate in an even more dramatic way exiting Turn 3.

Davison found himself in a squeeze with Brown which saw the #17 Mustang bouncing through the dirt as they crossed the tunnel, allowing van Gisbergen to go past and take up third spot in the #97 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore.

Brown ran with De Pasquale initially, and stayed just inside a second behind the #11 Mustang for much of the first dozen laps, before van Gisbergen started to become a threat from behind.

The championship leader got a run on the #9 ZB Commodore as they entered Brabham Straight at the end of Lap 14 and drove on by, at which time De Pasquale was just over 2.0s up the road.

Meanwhile, both Percat and Brodie Kostecki got by Davison on Lap 4, to be sitting fourth and fifth, respectively.

Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore) soon came to be pressuring Davison, while Percat was the first of the front-runners to pit when he peeled off for a fresh set of right-hand side tyres on Lap 11.

Davison was in on Lap 12, before De Pasquale and Brown took service on Lap 15.

Dick Johnson Racing had continued the pattern of changing the working side tyres, for both Davison and De Pasquale, but when Erebus opted for all four for Brown, an issue with the right-rear nut cost him several seconds.

Brodie Kostecki had a cleaner service when Erebus also changed all four hoops on #99, before van Gisbergen finally pitted from the official race lead on Lap 19.

The Triple Eight driver rejoined third of those who had pitted, behind De Pasquale and Percat, but had newer working side rubber with which to go after the latter.

He got a run on Percat as they exited the final corner on Lap 22 and made the overtake as they ran down the main straight and towards Moffat Corner, at which time De Pasquale was four seconds clear.

Van Gisbergen chipped a few tenths from that gap, but that was not sustained, and #97 may have even been playing somewhat conservative given the discovery of damage on the right-rear tyre which had come off his car.

It was 4.4s separating De Pasquale and van Gisbergen with one lap to go and 5.2s at the chequered flag.

De Pasquale’s #11 Mustang

Naturally enough, Brodie Kostecki and Brown both finished with a head of steam due to their tyre advantage.

Brodie Kostecki spent a number of laps pressuring Percat before getting past at Turn 6 on the penultimate lap.

Brown had by then long cleared Mostert but could not find a way past the #8 ZB Commodore and had to settle for fifth.

Sixth through eighth at the end were Mostert, Davison, and David Reynolds (#26 Penrite Oil Mustang), while Jamie Whincup (#88 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore) had a low-key run to ninth and Tim Slade (#3 Dayco Mustang) got back into the top 10 by the chequered flag after losing ground in the opening stages.

Fabian Coulthard (#19 Local Legends ZB Commodore) took 11th, ahead of Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore) and Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang).

The latter was the first Tickford Racing driver home, and has dropped to fifth in the championship, behind Mostert and Davison.

Sunday action begins with a pair of 10-minute qualifying sessions which set the grids for Races 21 and 22 from 10:30 local time/AEDT.

Results: Race 20, Bunnings Trade Sydney SuperNight

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 32 49:52.6919
2 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 32 49:57.8515
3 99 Erebus Boost Mobile Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:03.0813
4 8 R&J Batteries Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:03.6554
5 9 Erebus Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:04.3687
6 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:09.6279
7 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 32 50:11.2120
8 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 32 50:15.2856
9 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:15.5035
10 3 Dayco Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 32 50:20.2078
11 19 Local Legends Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:29.3067
12 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:29.8285
13 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 32 50:30.6503
14 14 Dunlop Super Dealer Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:31.2845
15 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 32 50:31.4900
16 96 Coca-Cola Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:34.4816
17 22 PremiAir Hire Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:36.5845
18 2 Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:37.7535
19 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:37.9250
20 4 SCT Logistics Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:38.0740
21 5 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 32 50:38.2644
22 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 32 50:46.6007
23 34 UNIT Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:49.6442
24 35 Yellow Cover Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 32 50:53.4207

Fastest lap (bonus): William Brown, 1:30.4792s, Lap 2

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 2018
2 Jamie Whincup 1706
3 Chaz Mostert 1574
4 Will Davison 1569
5 Cameron Waters 1558
6 Anton De Pasquale 1346
7 Nick Percat 1208
8 Mark Winterbottom 1184
9 James Courtney 1100
10 Brodie Kostecki 1083
11 William Brown 1082
12 Andre Heimgartner 1002
13 David Reynolds 974
14 Todd Hazelwood 968
15 Scott Pye 966
16 Tim Slade 958
17 Bryce Fullwood 943
18 Jack Le Brocq 922
19 Jake Kostecki 744
20 Zane Goddard 742
21 Jack Smith 616
22 Garry Jacobson 588
23 Fabian Coulthard 564
24 Macauley Jones 536
25 Thomas Randle 260
26 Kurt Kostecki 222

Teams’ championship

Pos Car(s) Team Pts
1 88 97   Triple Eight Race Engineering 3724
2 11 17 (100) Dick Johnson Racing 2915
3 6 44   Tickford Racing 2658
4 2 25   Walkinshaw Andretti United 2517
5 9 99   Erebus Motorsport 2165
6 18 20   Team 18 2125
7 8 14   Brad Jones Racing 2090
8 7 26   Kelly Grove Racing 1946
9 34 35   Matt Stone Racing 1486
10 4 96   Brad Jones Racing 1152
11 19 22   Team Sydney 1152
12 3     Blanchard Racing Team 958
13 5     Tickford Racing 922
14 55     Tickford Racing 260
15 27     Walkinshaw Andretti United 222

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