De Pasquale pips van Gisbergen in SMP Practice 2

Anton De Pasquale

Anton De Pasquale has beaten Shane van Gisbergen to top spot in Practice 2 for Supercars’ BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint by a tenth of a second.

De Pasquale drove the #11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustang to a 1:29.2876s and therefore remains the fast man ahead of Qualifying for Race 26, while championship leader van Gisbergen jumped up the order after not using green tyres in the earlier practice session.

There remained a headwind along the main straight at Eastern Creek, although seemingly not as strong as in the preceding session, and it was van Gisbergen’s Red Bull Ampol Racing team-mate Jamie Whincup who was fastest early with a 1:29.9484s.

That was the benchmark until Will Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang), who initially went for an installation run, set a 1:29.8865s on his first run proper in the 30-minute hit-out.

For his second run, De Pasquale (#11 Mustang) was sent out on the tyres on which he completed his Practice 1 qualifying simulation, and took over top spot with a 1:29.7904s.

Triple Eight Race Engineering held van Gisbergen in the garage for some time before sending him for back-to-back runs on his practice handback tyres to end the session.

The 2016 champion was all the way back in 23rd until he bettered everyone with a 1:29.7588s in the 21st minute, before the rest of the field joined him on new rubber for the final salvos.

Despite reporting a transaxle issue which requires a post-session change, Erebus Motorsport’s Brodie Kostecki (#99 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore) rolled out a 1:29.6060s in the final minute, before De Pasquale set the 1:29.2876s, approximately 0.15s quicker than he went in Practice 1.

Van Gisbergen snuck in a 1:29.3917s in the last few seconds before the chequered flag to slot into second, shuffling Davison back to fourth after the Dick Johnson Racing pilot had moved to a 1:29.7062s.

Asked if he had anything more for De Pasquale, van Gisbergen said after hopping out of the #97 ZB Commodore, “I hope so; we’ll certainly try.

“We’ve got some things we were trying then and maybe it was better, but he has been awesome in quali so if we’re matching him, we’re doing a good job.

“But, a little bit to go.”

Erebus’s Will Brown (#9 Shaw and Partners ZB Commodore) had made a small error on his first green tyre hot lap but still managed a 1:29.7279s with the chequered flag out at his second effort.

He therefore took fifth, from Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore) and Tickford Racing duo Jack Le Brocq (#5 Truck Assist Mustang) and Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang).

Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore) recorded a track limits breach while on a quick lap at the end and, with no advance on his first run, ended up ninth-fastest, one position ahead of Bryce Fullwood (#2 Mobil 1 Middy’s ZB Commodore).

Brad Jones Racing’s Todd Hazelwood (#14 Cub Cadet ZB Commodore) and Nick Percat (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore) wound up 11th and 12th respectively, ahead of Team 18 pair Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore) and Scott Pye (#20 DeWalt ZB Commodore).

Qualifying for Race 26, a three-part knockout session, starts at 14:10 local time/AEDT.

Results: Practice 2

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 1:29.2876
2 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.3917 0:00.1041
3 99 Erebus Boost Mobile Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.6060 0:00.3184
4 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:29.7062 0:00.4186
5 9 Erebus Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.7279 0:00.4403
6 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.7776 0:00.4900
7 5 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 1:29.8259 0:00.5383
8 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:29.9327 0:00.6451
9 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.9484 0:00.6608
10 2 Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.9582 0:00.6706
11 14 Cub Cadet Mowers Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.9782 0:00.6906
12 8 R&J Batteries Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.0542 0:00.7666
13 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.0623 0:00.7747
14 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.0794 0:00.7918
15 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1:30.1641 0:00.8765
16 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 1:30.1746 0:00.8870
17 96 Coca-Cola Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.2423 0:00.9547
18 3 CoolDrive Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 1:30.2749 0:00.9873
19 26 Penrite Racing Luke Youlden Ford Mustang GT 1:30.4710 0:01.1834
20 34 UNIT Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.5300 0:01.2424
21 35 Yellow Cover Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.6217 0:01.3341
22 19 Local Legends Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.6261 0:01.3385
23 22 PremiAir Hire Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.6357 0:01.3481
24 4 SCT Logistics Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.7220 0:01.4344

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