De Pasquale on provisional pole for Race 20 at SMP
Saturday 30th October, 2021 - 4:08pm
Anton De Pasquale has grabbed provisional pole position for Race 20 of the Repco Supercars Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park in a Dick Johnson Racing qualifying one-two.
Ahead of a Top 10 Shootout later this afternoon at the Bunnings Trade Sydney SuperNight, it is De Pasquale fastest for the third session in a row and Will Davison next-best in the Shell V-Power Mustangs after 15 minutes of qualifying.
Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen will be third-last out in the one-lap dash, while his Red Bull Ampol Racing team-mate Jamie Whincup is a provisional eighth on the grid.
It was much cooler Western Sydney weather which the field encountered relative to the afternoon prior, with a tailwind into Moffat Corner (Turn 1) rather than an 80km/h headwind.
De Pasquale had set the pace in both Friday practice hit-outs and went even faster again in bowling out a 1:28.7149s on his first flying lap of Qualifying for Race 20 in the #11 Mustang.
Erebus Motorsport’s Will Brown (#9 WD-40 ZB Commodore) sat second at the end of the first runs on a 1:29.2015s, ahead of Nick Percat (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore) on a 1:29.2274s.
Van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore) was fourth at that point courtesy of a 1:29.4478s on his second flyer.
Despite reports of the mercury rising somewhat for the second runs, the lap times continued to get quicker.
Davison nabbed top spot with a 1:28.7016s, but only held it for a moment before team-mate De Pasquale grabbed it back with a 1:28.5589s.
That meant 0.1427s separated the DJR entries, and it was about that margin again back to van Gisbergen when he broke the beam at a time of 1:28.8570s.
Said De Pasquale, “It’s never easy, I’ll give you the hot tip.
“[We were] pushing pretty hard. It’s good to see Will back up after a hard day yesterday.
“So, our cars are in the window day-on-day, which is good because the weather has changed and the wind has changed and all that stuff, so it’s good to back it up.
“Now I have got to do a Shootout lap and see if we can do another one, but so far so good.”
De Pasquale also advised that DJR changed only “small stuff” on Car #11, amid the significant weather change.
“I mean, we can never not make a change, you know?” he remarked.
“That’s just sort of the nature of the beast but yeah, very small stuff.
“The car is in a nice window so just fine-tuning it with the weather and the track and stuff like that.
“It’s probably the best we’ve rolled out a car all year out of the truck so just using that, tune it up, tune it up and then have a go in the Shootout and then more importantly the race tonight.”
Brown clocked the fastest first sector on his way to a 1:29.0406s just before the chequered flag, after which he was pipped by Percat’s 1:29.0211s.
Tickford Racing’s Cameron Waters put the #6 Monster Energy Mustang into position six with a 1:29.3337s, and Brodie Kostecki made it both Erebus cars in the Shootout by driving the #99 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore to a 1:29.4126s.
Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore) got in with a 1:29.4150s and Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore) the 1:29.4865s he set on his first run.
Tim Slade (#3 Dayco Mustang) will be first on-track for the one-lap dash having clocked a 1:29.4871s, using three sets of tyres in the qualifying session.
David Reynolds (#26 Penrite Oil Mustang) improved late but came up less than a tenth of a second shy and will start 11th, alongside Kelly Grove Racing team-mate Andre Heimgartner (#7 Ned Whisky Mustang).
Behind them on Row 7 will be Todd Hazelwood (#14 Dunlop Super Dealer ZB Commodore) and Fabian Coulthard (#19 Local Legends ZB Commodore).
The Top 10 Shootout starts at 16:40 local time/AEDT, with Race 20 due at 19:10.
Results: Qualifying for Race 20, Bunnings Trade Sydney SuperNight
|1||11||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Anton De Pasquale||Ford Mustang GT||1:28.5589|
|2||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||1:28.7016||0:00.1427|
|3||97||Red Bull Ampol Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||1:28.8570||0:00.2981|
|4||8||R&J Batteries||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.0211||0:00.4622|
|5||9||Erebus Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.0406||0:00.4817|
|6||6||Monster Energy Racing||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||1:29.3337||0:00.7748|
|7||99||Erebus Boost Mobile Racing||Brodie Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.4126||0:00.8537|
|8||88||Red Bull Ampol Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.4150||0:00.8561|
|9||25||Mobil 1 Appliances Online||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.4865||0:00.9276|
|10||3||Dayco Racing||Tim Slade||Ford Mustang GT||1:29.4871||0:00.9282|
|11||26||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Ford Mustang GT||1:29.5674||0:01.0085|
|12||7||NED Whisky Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Mustang GT||1:29.5825||0:01.0236|
|13||14||Dunlop Super Dealer Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.6402||0:01.0813|
|14||19||Local Legends||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.6793||0:01.1204|
|15||5||Truck Assist Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Mustang GT||1:29.7218||0:01.1629|
|16||18||IRWIN Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.8353||0:01.2764|
|17||2||Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.8687||0:01.3098|
|18||20||DEWALT Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.8994||0:01.3405|
|19||4||SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1:29.9745||0:01.4156|
|20||96||Coca-Cola Racing||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||1:30.0393||0:01.4804|
|21||22||PremiAir Hire||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore ZB||1:30.1583||0:01.5994|
|22||34||UNIT Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||1:30.1797||0:01.6208|
|23||44||Boost Mobile Racing||James Courtney||Ford Mustang GT||1:30.3663||0:01.8074|
|24||35||Yellow Cover Racing||Zane Goddard||Holden Commodore ZB||1:30.4535||0:01.8946|