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Penrite Racing’s Anton De Pasquale has scored his first career Supercars race victory, winning in this afternoon’s race at Hidden Valley Raceway.
In what was his 71st career start, the #99 driver qualified 6th on the grid and got away well to quickly move forward. Teammate David Reynolds started just behind the young star in 7th.

 The Penrite racers drove well as drama unfolded behind them, though it wasn’t long until the Safety Car was deployed on lap 4.
There was chaos in pit lane as the entire field entered for their compulsory pit stop. Anton pitted from third for his second set of soft rubber and emerged in the lead, while David got caught behind his teammate in a double stack and came out P13.
Anton built an impressive gap to the next car behind though a second Safety Car saw that fall, before the field got ready to go racing for the final time with 5 laps to go in the now time-certain race.
He drove away one last time and was the first to the checkered flag to become the 80th Supercars race winner, while David couldn’t move any further up the field on hard tyres and came home P13.

Anton De Pasquale was happy to score his first win and the team’s first for this season, saying: “it feels good, obviously you still have to come back and race tomorrow so straight away I am thinking about what tomorrow is going to bring but it’s good to get that first win. You put a lot of effort and time into it, not only me but the team as well, so to get the result and first win is awesome.”
“We elected to go with the double soft strategy, got up to third early and our stop was good under safety car. We popped out in the lead and I just had to make sure there were no mistakes and I managed the tyres because it was a long stint to the end. Overall the car was quite good though, so it was relatively easy to manage it until the end.”
David Reynolds is looking forward to using his softer rubber in tomorrow’s races: “We did a reasonable job to qualify 7th today on hard tyres. I got an average start but managed to get past Waters. Then the safety car came out and I had to double stack behind Anton and lost six places out of that. 
“I’m looking forward to tomorrow and having a go with two green soft tyres and hopefully we can come away with a good position. It was great to see Anton get the win today.”



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