De Pasquale tops Pukekohe Supercars Practice 1 in DJR one-two

Anton De Pasquale

Anton De Pasquale has set the pace by a quarter of a second in a Shell V-Power Racing Team one-two in Supercars Championship Practice 1 at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint.

De Pasquale (#11 Mustang) finished the session on a 1:02.2066s, 0.2498s up on team-mate Will Davison (#17 Mustang), with New Zealander Andre Heimgartner third with a 1:02.4863s around Pukekohe Park Raceway in the #8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore.

Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen (#97 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore) had an off-track excursion on his way to fourth at 0.3867s off the pace.

The field rolled out on new hard rubber, such is the tyre allocation due to New Zealand quarantine restrictions, for a 30-minute session held under cloudy skies.

Cameron Waters came unstuck early in the piece, running off and nudging the tyre wall at Turn 3/Turn 4, the right-handers feeding onto the back ‘straight’, in the #50 Monster Energy Mustang.

De Pasquale was quickest when he pitted with a 1:03.1743s against his name from three flying laps, after which van Gisbergen moved to the top before he too brought an end to his opening run.

Heimgartner climbed from third to first with a 1:02.9518s on his second run while Waters proved his early prang was but a minor one when he went second on a 1:02.9991s.

De Pasquale on a 1:02.9444s, van Gisbergen on a 1:02.8354s, and then Davison on a 1:02.7953s took over first position before their respective second runs were done.

Before he was back in the lane, van Gisbergen would have an off at the Hairpin, while Jake Kostecki (#56 Tradie Mustang) ran through the grass exiting the fast final corner and would then also get the green stuff at the Hairpin, as had Tickford Racing team-mate James Courtney (#5 Snowy River Caravans Mustang) earlier.

Davison improved further to a 1:02.6560s and van Gisbergen to second-quickest on a 1:02.7498s before a number of drivers took another set of new tyres for their final runs.

Heimgartner subsequently shifted the benchmark to a 1:02.4863s, only to be comfortably beaten by De Pasquale before Davison split them with a 1:02.4564s.

With the chequered flag out, van Gisbergen improved his time to a 1:02.5933s but remained fourth, finishing ahead of Waters, Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Optus ZB Commodore), Nick Percat (#2 Mobil 1 NTI ZB Commodore), Macauley Jones (#96 Kubota ZB Commodore), Lee Holdsworth (#10 Penrite Mustang), and Jack Le Brocq (#34 Truck Assist Mustang), with Broc Feeney (#88 Red Bull Ampol ZB Commodore) claiming 11th.

Practice 2 for the Repco Supercars Championship field, another half-hour session, starts tomorrow at 11:35 local time/09:35 AEST.

Results: Practice 1

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Fastest lap Split
1 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 1:02.2066  
2 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1:02.4564 0:00.2498
3 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 1:02.4863 0:00.2797
4 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1:02.5933 0:00.3867
5 50 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1:02.7666 0:00.5600
6 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 1:02.7934 0:00.5868
7 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1:02.8895 0:00.6829
8 96 Kubota Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1:02.8981 0:00.6915
9 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 1:02.9903 0:00.7837
10 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 1:03.0215 0:00.8149
11 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 1:03.0258 0:00.8192
12 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 1:03.0365 0:00.8299
13 3 CoolDrive Auto Parts Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 1:03.0439 0:00.8373
14 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 1:03.1128 0:00.9062
15 20 Nulon Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1:03.1452 0:00.9386
16 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 1:03.1779 0:00.9713
17 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 1:03.1963 0:00.9897
18 31 Subway PremiAir Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 1:03.2146 0:01.0080
19 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1:03.2587 0:01.0521
20 4 SCT Logistics Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1:03.3793 0:01.1727
21 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1:03.3961 0:01.1895
22 5 Snowy River Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1:03.4799 0:01.2733
23 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:03.4978 0:01.2912
24 22 PremiAir Coca Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 1:03.5076 0:01.3010
25 14 Middy’s Electrical Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1:03.6454 0:01.4388

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