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Anton De Pasquale – No. 100 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying – 4th (Fastest Lap – 2m04.7929s)
Top Ten Shootout – 3rd (Fastest Lap – 2m05.8009s)
Race 2 – 4th (Fastest Lap – 2m07.4761s)
Will Davison – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying – 5th (Fastest Lap – 2m04.8491s)
Top Ten Shootout – 4th (Fastest Lap – 2m06.3136s)
Race 2 – 7th (Fastest Lap – 2m07.4035s)
The Shell V-Power Racing Team had a solid day of racing as the Mt Panorama 500 wrapped up at Bathurst. Bouncing back from a DNF in yesterday’s race, Anton De Pasquale finished P4 and Will Davison P6 in Race 2 of the Repco Supercars Championship.
It was a second-row lockout for the start of the 250 km sprint around the mountain, with De Pasquale and Davison again proving their pace by Qualifying P4 and P5 and progressing to the Top Ten Shootout. De Pasquale had the advantage of contesting the Shootout on green tyres, and even though Davion was on used tyres, he still put together a stellar lap to finish one place behind his teammate. They started P3 and P4 for the final 40-lap hit-out of the weekend.
Davison was slightly slower off the start line than his teammate and had to work hard to hold off Mostert on the way up the mountain. Both Shell V-Power Racing Team drivers held their positions, but Mostert did not relent on trying to pass Davison during the opening lap. He continued to closely stalk him and finally made his move on the third lap at turn 1.
Courtney hit the wall at The Cutting on lap 9, and while damage was significant, it was not enough for a safety car to be called. As car No. 44 limped back to the pits, both De Pasquale and Davison remained out on track and continued to push on until Davison pitted on lap 11.
De Pasquale remained in the battle pack in P3 for the opening stint’s duration before making his first stop for fuel and tyres on lap 14. He returned to the race ahead of Mostert but lost his position after a small lock-up at The Chase while trying to defend against him.
The No. 100 and No. 17 Ford Mustangs trucked along consistently and uncontested in the middle stint in P4 and P5. Davison pitted on lap 22 for a long fuel stop and tyres, and De Pasquale followed suit on the next lap. With their final stops completed, they rejoined the race still positioned behind van Gisbergen, Waters and Mostert, and focussed on the final 17-lap stint home.
Davison was held up by lapped traffic, so was undercut by Winterbottom and pushed back to P6. Then lost the rear at the final corner and was passed by Whincup with just 10 laps remaining. The duo finished in the top seven, with De Pasquale passing the chequered flag in P4 and Davison P7 – a solid result for the team in the opening round of the season.
Drivers’ Championship Standings:
• Davison = 4th on 225 points
• De Pasquale = 18th on 120 points
Teams’ Championship Standings:
• Shell V-Power Racing Team = 4th on 345 points
DE PASQUALE QUOTE
“When I came back out this morning, I obviously wanted to make up for yesterday, so it was great to get back in the Shootout. Then to be on the second row of the grid for the start of the race was pretty good.”
“Yesterday the car was fast enough to be in the top five, and we had similar pace today. So, fourth place was good. In the race, we were kind of on our own, just a bit slow to the guys in front and just had an edge on the guys behind.”
“Now we’ll go home and look at everything and get ready to go again at Sandown.”
“I’m really happy to leave here with a good haul points. Today we showed really good glimpses of speed, and to have the opportunity to learn as much as we have this weekend is absolutely priceless.”
“Over the weekend, I’ve been able to learn so much about the car and the team, and to come home with 225 points is a great result.”
“I made a couple of little errors today, nothing major, really trying to understand the car, but we’ve made a lot of changes which is good. Now we can just build on this and look forward to Sandown.”
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