De Pasquale smashes Albert Park lap record in Practice 1

Anton De Pasquale

Anton De Pasquale has obliterated the previous practice/qualifying lap record at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, topping Practice 1 at the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400.

The Shell V-Power Racing Team driver clocked a session-best 1:46.6017s in the #11 Ford Mustang on the newly-configured circuit.

In doing so, De Pasquale eclipsed the previous record, a 1:53.8280s set by Scott McLaughlin in 2019, by seven seconds with his Practice 1 chart-topper.

Second fastest was Repco Supercars Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen (#97 Red Bull Ampol Racing), who wound up just 0.0414s away from the top time.

De Pasquale’s team-mate Will Davison was third and a little under half a second adrift of the quickest effort.

Feeney and van Gisbergen were immediately pinged for track limits on their first respective flying laps, meaning the first representative time came from James Courtney (#500 Flex Power Tools), who clocked a 1:49.2177s.

That was quickly usurped, Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Racing Team) going to the top on a 1:47.6639s.

Tickford Racing team-mates Thomas Randle (#55 Castrol Racing) and Jake Kostecki (#56 Tradie Racing) went off at Turn 1 in sync, the pair of Ford Mustangs sliding across the grass.

Davison headed Tim Slade (#3 CoolDrive Racing), Mark Winterbottom (#18 Irwin Racing), Macauley Jones (#96 Racing), and Courtney after the first flying lap.

Courtney came close to a major moment when he brushed the wall on his second lap out of Turn 2.

With seven and a half minutes run, the red flag was called after Broc Feeney (#88 Red Bull Ampol Racing) slapped the Tecpro barrier out of Turn 5.

That contact with the wall left his Holden ZB Commodore looking second-hand, plucking the rear wing from it and leaving the left side worse for wear.

With the session stopped, it was Davison who led on his opening effort ahead of De Pasquale just 0.0263s adrift.

Lee Holdsworth (#10 Penrite Racing) was fourth, albeit half a second off Davison, while Winterbottom was the first of those on the hard compound tyre and 0.6s away from the lead.

Neither Will Brown (#99 Boost Mobile Racing) nor van Gisbergen had set a representative lap at the time of the red flag.

In fact, van Gisbergen was quick to return to the pit lane with a front splitter issue on his second rotation of the Albert Park facility.

The session eventually resumed with seven minutes to go, assisted by a five-minute extension being granted.

All but Feeney made their way onto the circuit, repairs ongoing to the #88 entry.

De Pasquale fired the first warning shot, setting the fastest time to Sector 1. Davison bit straight back with the fastest time to Sector 2. In the end, De Pasquale would go to the top on a 1:47.0115s.

Jack Smith (#4 SCT Racing) was the next Turn 1 victim, taking a tour of the gravel trap. Moments later, Randle did the same, nearly making the tyre wall.

Van Gisbergen’s first representative lap saw him drop under the 1:47s bracket, clocking a 1:46.8639s.

Bryce Fullwood (#14 Middy’s Racing) continued the trend of Turn 1 offs, taking a tour of the grass run-off.

De Pasquale fired back with a 1:46.6017s to put him 0.2622s clear of van Gisbergen.

Despite going quickest to Sector 2, van Gisbergen couldn’t overcome the Dick Johnson Racing driver, his last lap putting him a mere 0.0414s away from the top.

All told, it was De Pasquale on top from van Gisbergen, Davison, Reynolds and Jones, who was a standout fifth for Brad Jones Racing.

Results: Practice 1, Beaurepaires Melbourne 400

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Time Diff
1 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 1:46.6017
2 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden ZB Commodore 1:46.6431 +0.0414
3 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:47.0494 +0.4477
4 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 1:47.3218 +0.7201
5 96 Macauley Jones Holden ZB Commodore 1:47.5457 +0.9440
6 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden ZB Commodore 1:47.5756 +0.9739
7 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1:47.8364 +1.2347
8 3 CoolDrive Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 1:47.8828 +1.2811
9 76 PremiAir Subway Racing Garry Jacobson Holden ZB Commodore 1:48.1259 +1.5242
10 14 Middy’s Electrical Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden ZB Commodore 1:48.1687 +1.5670
11 18 Irwin Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden ZB Commodore 1:48.1730 +1.5713
12 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:48.3411 +1.7394
13 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden ZB Commodore 1:48.3465 +1.7448
14 22 PremiAir Coca-Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden ZB Commodore 1:48.3836 +1.7819
15 20 Hino Racing Scott Pye Holden ZB Commodore 1:48.6070 +2.0053
16 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden ZB Commodore 1:48.6595 +2.0578
17 4 SCT Logistics Racing Jack Smith Holden ZB Commodore 1:48.6986 +2.0969
18 500 Flex Power Tools James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1:48.7393 +2.1376
19 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden ZB Commodore 1:48.8972 +2.2955
20 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden ZB Commodore 1:49.0467 +2.4450
21 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden ZB Commodore 1:49.0796 +2.4779
22 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Will Brown Holden ZB Commodore 1:49.1847 +2.5830
23 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden ZB Commodore 1:49.4124 +2.8107
24 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 1:50.2797 +3.6780
25 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 1:50.9739 +4.3722

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