DJR, Triple Eight trade lockouts in SMP qualifying

Anton De Pasquale (left) and Jamie Whincup (right)

The Shell V-Power Racing Team and Red Bull Ampol Racing have each grabbed a front row lockout in the Sunday qualifying sessions at the BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint.

Anton De Pasquale secured pole in one red-and-white Mustang and Will Davison the other front row berth in Qualifying for Race 27 at Sydney Motorsport Park, before Jamie Whincup qualified fastest and Shane van Gisbergen second-fastest in the following 10-minute session.

De Pasquale and Whincup specifically also mirrored each other, with both going third-fastest in the session in which they did not take pole.

Van Gisbergen qualified fifth for Race 27 but the Repco Supercars Championship leader is under investigation for alleged impeding in that session, with Jack Le Brocq apparently on the receiving end.

Qualifying for Race 27

All but Jake Kostecki (#34 Unit Racing ZB Commodore) reportedly started Qualifying for Race 27 on used tyres and he was second of those 10 who initially set a time.

Fastest at that point was Nick Percat on a 1:30.6526s in the #8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore, with Kostecki clocking a 1:30.7275s.

When the rest rolled out for their only runs proper at the end of the session, Davison (#17 Mustang) was quickest briefly with a 1:29.4592s before De Pasquale wheeled the sister #11 Mustang to a 1:29.2018s.

Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore) took third on a 1:29.4960s and will be joined on Row 2 by Erebus Motorsport’s Will Brown (#9 Shaw and Partners ZB Commodore), who set a 1:29.7476s.

Rounding out the top 10 were van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore) on a 1:29.7895s, from Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore), Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore), Scott Pye (#20 DeWalt ZB Commodore), Brodie Kostecki (#99 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore), and Percat on a 1:30.1032s.

De Pasquale said post-session, “It’s always hard when you come straight off the bench after a big night’s sleep and the race before and you’ve been running around on old tyres and stuff.

“Car feels pretty similar to yesterday; the track, I think, is a bit slower.

“You never really know when you’re doing the lap how you’re going to go but yeah, all good.”

Tickford Racing’s best was Le Brocq (#5 Truck Assist Mustang) in 11th but team-mate Cameron Waters was a notable in 12th in a #6 Monster Energy Mustang which was still being worked on just minutes prior to the session after their Race 26 incident.

Qualifying for Race 28

Shifting cloud created intrigue at the start of Qualifying for Race 28, and the pace picked up when the first dozen drivers went for a lap time.

Brown was quickest in that first run with a 1:29.2073s, with Waters second on a 1:29.4514s.

Neither Dick Johnson Racing driver nor their Triple Eight Race Engineering counterparts ventured onto the circuit until the final few minutes, when Whincup fired in a 1:28.9290s and then van Gisbergen a 1:29.1399s.

De Pasquale, who was seen circulating in traffic on his out lap, clocked a 1:29.1571s and Brown ended up fourth once again, having put his cue in the rack after his early run.

“Well, we maximised our set-up and it was interesting [because] Car #11 decided to go in the pack and maybe got a little held up,” said Whincup.

“But, we just stuck to our guns, went out, clean air in front and happy days.”

The pole-sitter also said there was no change to Car #88 between sessions.

“No, we didn’t [make changes],” advised Whincup.

“It was just all about maximising me, it’s such a long windy, it’s a driver’s track, you have got to nail every corner really right.

“I made a bit of a gain after the first one so the car was good.”

Mostert qualified fifth, from Waters, Brodie Kostecki, Percat, Pye, and Le Brocq.

Team Sydney’s Garry Jacobson put the #22 Muscle Car Warehouse ZB Commodore 11th on the grid, ahead of Todd Hazelwood (#14 Cub Cadet ZB Commodore) and Winterbottom.

Davison was 15th-fastest with a 1:29.9155s, 0.9865s off the pole time.

Race 27, scheduled for 32 laps, is due to start at 13:50 local time/AEDT.

Results: Qualifying for Race 27, BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 1:29.2018  
2 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:29.4592 0:00.2574
3 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.4960 0:00.2942
4 9 Erebus Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.7476 0:00.5458
5 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.7895 0:00.5877
6 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.8640 0:00.6622
7 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.9291 0:00.7273
8 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.0247 0:00.8229
9 99 Erebus Boost Mobile Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.0880 0:00.8862
10 8 R&J Batteries Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.1032 0:00.9014
11 5 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 1:30.1276 0:00.9258
12 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:30.1398 0:00.9380
13 2 Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.1509 0:00.9491
14 35 Yellow Cover Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.2090 0:01.0072
15 14 Cub Cadet Mowers Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.2185 0:01.0167
16 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 1:30.2969 0:01.0951
17 3 CoolDrive Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 1:30.3080 0:01.1062
18 96 Coca-Cola Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.4878 0:01.2860
19 22 PremiAir Hire Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.4916 0:01.2898
20 34 UNIT Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.7275 0:01.5257
21 4 SCT Logistics Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.7279 0:01.5261
22 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1:30.8618 0:01.6600
23 26 Penrite Racing Luke Youlden Ford Mustang GT 1:31.0703 0:01.8685
24 19 Local Legends Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB 1:31.0907 0:01.8889

Results: Qualifying for Race 28, BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:28.9290  
2 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.1399 0:00.2109
3 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 1:29.1571 0:00.2281
4 9 Erebus Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.2073 0:00.2783
5 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.2542 0:00.3252
6 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:29.4514 0:00.5224
7 99 Erebus Boost Mobile Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.5998 0:00.6708
8 8 R&J Batteries Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.6389 0:00.7099
9 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.6663 0:00.7373
10 5 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 1:29.7011 0:00.7721
11 22 PremiAir Hire Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.7294 0:00.8004
12 14 Cub Cadet Mowers Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.7324 0:00.8034
13 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.8013 0:00.8723
14 2 Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.8963 0:00.9673
15 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:29.9155 0:00.9865
16 34 UNIT Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.9428 0:01.0138
17 96 Coca-Cola Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:29.9860 0:01.0570
18 3 CoolDrive Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 1:30.0158 0:01.0868
19 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1:30.0772 0:01.1482
20 35 Yellow Cover Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.1179 0:01.1889
21 4 SCT Logistics Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.2068 0:01.2778
22 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 1:30.2699 0:01.3409
23 26 Penrite Racing Luke Youlden Ford Mustang GT 1:30.2791 0:01.3501
24 19 Local Legends Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.3028 0:01.3738

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