De Pasquale on top in Supercars Practice 1 at SMP

Anton De Pasquale

Anton De Pasquale has gone fastest in Practice 1 for Supercars’ Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight.

The Shell V-Power Racing Team driver, who has been the form man of the past three weeks at Sydney Motorsport Park, set the pace with a 1:29.9558s but might have gone even quicker if not for a late track limits breach.

Erebus Motorsport’s Brodie Kostecki finished 0.2706s back in the #99 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore, while it was a relatively low-key session for Red Bull Ampol Racing with Jamie Whincup sixth and championship leader Shane van Gisbergen 19th.

While the Repco Supercars Championship fleet had already been on-track earlier in the day, that was the Additional Drivers Practice session in the late-afternoon.

Practice 1 proper began under the lights of Sydney Motorsport Park and all were on the hard tyre given the super soft, the other compound in this weekend’s allocation, is for the races only.

Will Davison (#17 Mustang) was fastest after the first flyers on a 1:30.7337s, two tenths up on Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore).

Davison’s team-mate Anton De Pasquale clocked a 1:30.2206s next time around before Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore), who apparently started his programme with an installation run, moved up to second position on a 1:30.5808s, two flying laps into his first run proper.

While the top three positions then remained unchanged for a considerable period of time, De Pasquale was armed with new hard tyres and wheeled the #11 Mustang to a 1:29.9558s on his third run, 22 minutes into the session.

Brodie Kostecki jumped from 12th to second with a 1:30.226s in the 30th minute, before Cameron Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) moved to third on a 1:30.5565s.

With the chequered flag out, Waters’ Tickford Racing team-mate Jack Le Brocq (#5 Truck Assist Mustang) went third with a 1:30.4541s and then Mostert on a 1:30.3554s.

De Pasquale looked like setting an even faster lap than he already had done, clocking the best first sector of the session, but strayed wide of track limits at Turn 05 and thus could not improve right at the end.

As such, the top five was De Pasquale, from Brodie Kostecki, Mostert, Le Brocq, and Waters, followed by Whincup, Will Brown (#9 Shaw and Partners ZB Commodore), James Courtney (#44 Boost Mobile Mustang), Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore), and Davison.

Said Brodie Kostecki post-session, “My car felt pretty awesome in first practice there, so we’ll just go through some notes overnight and jot some stuff down for when we race tomorrow night.

“Hopefully it’s dry but just credit to the whole crew, the car felt amazing so just have to tune it up a bit to get closer to those Shell cars up front.”

Tim Slade ended up 17th, his night coming to a slightly early end with the left-rear air jack appearing to be hanging low under the #3 CoolDrive Mustang.

Van Gisbergen’s best was a 1:31.2794s in the #97 ZB Commodore.

Rain was forecast to fall about halfway into the session, but it held off until the in laps, after precious few had opted for practice starts.

Practice 2, also a 30-minute session, starts tomorrow at 11:50 local time/AEDT.

Results: Practice 1, Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Time Diff
1 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 1:29.9558
2 99 Erebus Boost Mobile Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.2264 +0.2706
3 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.3554 +0.3996
4 5 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 1:30.4541 +0.4983
5 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:30.5565 +0.6007
6 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.5808 +0.6250
7 9 Erebus Motorsport William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.6645 +0.7088
8 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1:30.6726 +0.7168
9 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.7305 +0.7747
10 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:30.7337 +0.7779
11 8 R&J Batteries Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.7930 +0.8372
12 4 SCT Logistics Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.8705 +0.9147
13 19 Local Legends Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.8846 +0.9288
14 2 Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.9444 +0.9886
15 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 1:30.9749 +1.0192
16 96 Coca-Cola Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:30.9959 +1.0401
17 3 CoolDrive Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 1:31.1157 +1.1599
18 14 Dunlop Super Dealer Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:31.1712 +1.2154
19 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:31.2794 +1.3236
20 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 1:31.3229 +1.3672
21 34 UNIT Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:31.3465 +1.3907
22 35 Yellow Cover Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 1:31.3676 +1.4118
23 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:31.4809 +1.5251
24 22 PremiAir Hire Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 1:31.8642 +1.9084

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