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Penrite Racing’s Anton De Pasquale scored his first race win and three out of a possible four podiums last night as the second round of the Supercars All Stars Eseries took place across Silverstone and Barcelona circuits.
Young gun Will Brown who took the rein of the #9 Holden completed the team’s stellar effort with a best effort of 4th on debut.
Race Four – Silverstone
Starting from pole for a third consecutive time, Anton had a point to prove and got away well off the start line.
Will, starting 11th, didn’t get away so well and was caught up in trouble at the back of the pack.
The #9 Holden was sent back to 14th though running top 5 pace, managed to move his way back inside the top ten with some brilliant moves.
A late battle developed between Anton and Formula One import Max Verstappen in the closing stages of the 7-lapper, but Anton held his nerve opening up his margin for a brilliant finish.
After last weeks’ disappointing race results Anton was on a mission and took his first race win in the virtual world, ahead of his teammate in P10.
Race Five – Silverstone
Similar to last week, it was a reverse grid for the second race of the night; Will starting from P17 and Anton at the rear of field in P26.
Will got off to a ripper start, while Anton also tried to stay out of trouble as cars were sent all over the place.
Both Holden’s were the first to pit as early as lap one, and it paid dividends when the field levelled out with three laps to go; Anton now in 3rd and Will 4th.
Anton held Shane van Gisbergen off for another podium, after the latter tried a last-minute move, while Will finished another stellar run in 6th.
Race Six – Barcelona
Anton couldn’t hold onto his streak for qualifying of Race 6, just missing out on pole position by 0.089 of a second to secure second on the grid, while teammate Will was just behind in 4th.
A terrific jump off the line saw Will slot into second into turn one. Anton, a little slower this time, quickly made up for it and crept in behind his teammate by the end of lap 2.
The Penrite racers switched spots with three laps remaining, Anton eventually taking another podium with 3rdplace, followed by Will in 4th.
Race Seven – Barcelona
Anton did enough to secure the third and final pole of the night, bringing his tally to four across the Eseries, while Will was held up by traffic in his run to only manage 18th on the grid.
It was a tense start that compromised both Penrite Holdens. The poleman dropped to P19 after Verstappen tagged him into turn two; whilst in the background Will was also turned resulting in significant damage.
With a compulsory stop to make, both drivers pit as early as lap one before a relatively straight forward ten-lap run to the finish; Will taking 11th and Anton 14th.
Speaking on his successful run, Anton De Pasquale said: “It was a much better week than last week. I had a really good go at Silverstone. Getting a win from pole was cool and to be able to hold off Max who is one of the best drivers in the world felt good. To have Max be part of our series with the world watching was awesome and great for our sport.
“I then got a third in the second race after starting from last. The good strategy was a real team effort.
“Barcelona wasn’t as good, though we were able to get another podium. I busted up the start trying to do something a little better off the line and it didn’t work out for me, but still ended up with third. Unfortunately, in race four Max touched me at the start and I couldn’t do much from there, but over-all we had a good week.
“Will did really well. He’s been doing a heap of laps the last few days so it’s good to see him get some good results. He was pretty nice to me when I had to get by, so it was good to see him battle it with the front dudes and show us the speeds we want.”
Will Brown also reflected on his impressive debut: “I really enjoyed it and am happy with how we went. I got my new sim on Sunday and spent 40 hours on the thing over four days so to have some good results is really rewarding.”
“I wasn’t feeling as confident going into Silverstone, so to get in the top ten on both races was a good start. I said beforehand if I got one result in the top ten I’d be happy, so to have three top ten results is really satisfying.
“It was a bit tense at the start of the first race. It’s weird because you feel the same nerves as you do in a real race, but you don’t have the loud noise and everything you would normally at a race track – you’re just sitting in your room. We are so lucky to see our sport give people such entertainment because there aren’t too many out there who can do what we are doing. I hope I get another go, whether it be in the #9 or as a wildcard. I loved it!”
The category heads to Bathurst next, with Round 3 set to play out next Wednesday at Australia’s most iconic circuit, Mount Panorama.
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