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Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds and Luke Youlden will start from the second row for tomorrow’s Sandown 500, with Anton De Pasquale and Will Brown behind in P13.
A progressive grid determined their spots, Anton setting the team’s fastest time in qualifying in 6th. David was just 0.07-seconds behind his teammate in the wet conditions, securing 8th for the co-driver sprint race.
Starting on the third row, Will got away well and navigated a tricky first few corners to move up to 4th.
The #99 Holden moved past Alex Premat on lap 11 before making a sensational move on experienced Garth Tander five laps later, to take 2nd place.
Luke drove flawlessly also and maintained position until he made the most of James Moffat’s misfortune and moved up to P7 before the checkered flag.
The second 20-lapper set the final grid and Anton was set up for a good one, though contact from Shane Van Gisbergen on the first corner caused the Penrite Holden to spin off the road.
To make matters worse, Anton was falsely handed a pit lane penalty for the incident, before later being cleared.David benefitted from all the action and moved up to P4 by the end of the opening lap; later passing Scott McLaughlin for third to take the last place of the podium.
Anton drove marvellously and muscled his way back to P13 from the rear of field in just 14 laps.
LUKE YOULDEN: Started 8th, Finished 7th
“The start wasn’t my best, but I managed to hold position. It took a little while for the car to come on; the tyres maybe took 4 laps. By then it started drizzling and my focus solely was to keep it on the track, especially through the first two sectors. It was reasonably uneventful though; I had an opportunity to pass Fiore and managed to bring the car back a spot ahead.”
DAVID REYNOLDS: Started 7th, Finished 3rd
“Car 9 survived today; those intermittent conditions are hard for anyone, so it was good to end the day with a good result. It was the best car in wet conditions I have had in a long time, so I was happy. Our car is good in the wet and dry conditions, so I am looking forward to the race tomorrow. I will hand it over to Luke in third and hopefully he can get a good start and we can have something similar to Gold Coast.”
WILL BROWN: Started 6th, Finished 2nd
“I am really happy with my race, obviously the car in the dry is awesome and even in the intermediate conditions it is really good. At the start I was a bit conservative, but we had a really good car underneath, so I started to push on and was able to get second. I am really happy with the car; the team is doing an awesome job so it makes me feel really good heading into tomorrow. I feel like I am driving it well and we can pick up some spots and pass some people tomorrow.”
ANTON DE PASQUALE: Started 2nd, Finished 13th
“We have had a good car all day, we qualified well, and Will got us in a good spot in his race.
The goal then was to have a good race and give it back to him tomorrow in the same spot, if not better, but I got turned around and it went bad from there. It hurts a little more because the car was really good, so we just have to fight back tomorrow. We were lucky so many cars were on the slick tyre and we had good lap speed, so it was relatively easy to get back to where we were.
“They obviously made a call with what they had at the time and it was wrong, but they’ve admitted error and we can’t hold a grudge. It happens, when you are backwards at turn one in a short race there isn’t much you can do; the penalty made things worse but the incident is what affected us the most.”
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