TOWNSVILLE SUPERSPRINT – SATURDAY 17 JULY – PRACTICE, QUALIFYING, RACE 17
Anton De Pasquale – No. 11 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice: 2nd (Fastest Time: 1m13.0982s)
Qualifying – Part 1: 4th (Fastest Time: 1m13.1235s)
Qualifying – Part 2: 1st (Fastest Time: 1m12.9918s)
Top Ten Shootout: 1st (Fastest Time: 1m12.6397s)
Race 17: 2nd (Fastest Lap: 1m14.3703s)
Will Davison – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice: 20th (Fastest Time: 1m13.7512s)
Qualifying – Part 1: 7th (Fastest Time: 1m13.2082s)
Qualifying – Part 2: 2nd (Fastest Time: 1m13.1276s)
Top Ten Shootout: 3rd (Fastest Time: 1m12.8357s)
Race 17: 11th (Fastest Lap: 1m14.5958s)
After claiming his fourth pole position of the year, Shell V-Power Racing Team driver Anton De Pasquale went on to finish 2nd in Race 17 at the Townsville SuperSprint. A bent wheel nut and clip meant the crew count not change teammate Will Davison’s rear tyre during his pit stop, dropping him out of top five contention. He finished 11th.
RACE 17 RECAP
De Pasquale started Race 17 in P1 and Davison P3 after cruising through the three-part qualifying session, which included a Top Ten Shootout.
Waters and Whincup were fast off the start line and made De Pasquale and Davison work hard to hang on to their positions. De Pasquale battled hard with Waters during the first lap but held onto P1. Whincup unfortunately got the better of Davison, pushing back him to P4.
On lap 5, De Pasquale was more than 1-second ahead of Waters, but Davison was passed by Mostert and then Van Gisbergen, dropping him to P6. Van Gisbergen was given a 15-second time penalty for a driving infringement on Davison, which he had to take during his pit stop.
De Pasquale complained his rear tyres were “really bad” on lap 15 but waited until lap 17 to pit after Waters and Whincup stopped the lap before. He took on three fresh tyres during his stop and was immediately battling Waters as he rejoined the race. Waters, with the undercut, got the upper hand and became the effective race leader.
Davison followed Van Gisbergen into pit lane on lap 21 for three fresh tyres. Van Gisbergen had to serve his time penalty, which should have given Davison plenty of breathing space. But Davison had a bent wheel nut and clip on his left rear wheel from an earlier hit by Van Gisbergen, so the crew could not change his tyre. This was hurting him straight away as he rejoined the race.
Once all stops were completed, De Pasquale was P2 and Davison P12. With 10 laps to go, De Pasquale was just 0.74 seconds behind Waters and had Whincup behind him. Whincup got past De Pasquale but was yet to serve a 15-second time penalty he received for exceeding the speed limit in pit lane. This was taken off his race time post-race.
Davison passed Percat late in the race to move up one position. Davison finished the 39-lap race in P11 and De Pasquale P2.
DE PASQUALE QUOTE
“Any day you get a trophy is pretty good. We had the potential to get the win today, so we’ll have a look at the why and how. If you said at the start of the day you’re going to come and get a trophy, you’d be pretty happy.”
“We got a pole and a trophy, so we’ve had a good day and we’ll have a look at things we can do better and see if we can do better tomorrow.”
“It was obviously a difficult day. In the pit stop we had the unfortunate issue with the wheel, and that was that. I got hit by Shane pretty hard and that might have caused the issue with the hub. We couldn’t get the wheel off, so I had to finish the race on the same set of rear tyres, which was not much fun.”
“I had a bit of an up and down day. We struggled in practice but then made good inroads in qualifying. We still struggled quite a bit in the race early on, but I think we would have comfortably had a top-five result today. Hopefully we have a better Sunday.”