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DAVISON CLINCHES PODIUM IN FINAL RACE OF TOWNSVILLE SUPERSPRINT

MEDIA RELEASE/Shell V-Power Racing team -Photo: supplied

Anton De Pasquale – No. 11 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying for Race 18: 14th (Fastest Lap: 1m13.8638s)
Qualifying for Race 19: 3rd (Fastest Lap: 1m12.9332s)
Race 18: 8th (Fastest Lap: 1m14.7998s)
Race 19: 5th (Fastest Lap: 1m14.3697s)

Will Davison – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Qualifying for Race 18: 4th (Fastest Lap: 1m13.5112s)
Qualifying for Race 19: 4th (Fastest Lap: 1m12.9372s)
Race 18: 4th (Fastest Lap: 1m14.8161s)
Race 19: 3rd (Fastest Lap: 1m14.5282s)

Shell V-Power Racing Team driver Will Davison clinched 3rd place in Race 19 at the Townsville Supersprint yesterday. Today’s race format consisted of two qualifying sessions and two 110km sprint races.

RACE 18 RECAP

This morning’s short 10-minute qualifying session saw Davison clock a time fast enough to put him on the second row of the grid in P4 for the start of Race 18, while De Pasquale qualified down the order in P14.

Davison was in a drag race off the start line with Mostert who was next to him in P3 but just couldn’t inch past. Meanwhile, De Pasquale jumped up three positions off the start line and was P11 by the end of the first lap. He made up another place and was P10 by lap 3.

Hoping an undercut would pay off later in the race, De Pasquale was one of the first cars into pit lane. He stopped on lap 7 and took on two rear tyres. Davison played the long game and didn’t stop until lap 19, taking on three fresh tyres. He came out behind De Pasquale and Fullwood, but by lap 24 had overtaken them both.

Struggling for grip, De Pasquale was passed by B. Kostecki on lap 26, dropping him down to P6. With just 12 laps remaining, car No. 35 had an issue and dropped oil on the track through the back chicane. Luckily it didn’t cause any issues for the Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustangs.

The early pit stop was hurting De Pasquale late in the race, and with 8 laps to go, he had dropped to P8. Davison was fighting hard to get past Mostert in the final stages of the race to try and claim a podium position. He got a look-in on the last turn of lap 38 but didn’t have the tyre life and couldn’t get past.

Davison finished the 39-lap sprint race just off the podium in P4. De Pasquale finished P8 – a good recovery from his P14 starting position.

RACE 19 RECAP

For Race 19, the Shell V-Power Racing Team locked out the second row with De Pasquale P3 and Davison P4.

Davison got the better start of the two teammates and moved to P3 straight off the line. Hazelwood got around De Pasquale, pushing him to P5. Waters and Van Gisbergen started to pull away from Davison by lap 5, but Davison, Hazelwood and De Pasquale stayed in touch with only 2.5 seconds separating 1st and 5th.

Pitting from P3, Davison was the first of the Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustangs to stop on lap 13. He was trying for the undercut and took on three fresh tyres. A safety car was called on lap 18 after car No. 96 hit the wall. De Pasquale headed to the pits, as did the rest of the field, for fresh rubber. 

An unfortunate safety car delay meant that Davison was P2 at the restart and was positioned between Waters and Van Gisbergen, De Pasquale P7 behind Whincup and in front of Slade.

Van Gisbergen found his way past Davison dropping him to P3 while De Pasquale jumped up to P5. Their positions remained unchanged until the end of the race. Davison clinched a podium, finishing in P3. De Pasquale finished P5.

Davison now sits P5 in The Drivers’ Championship standings, while De Pasquale is P6. The Shell V-Power Racing Team is still P2 in the Teams’ Championship.

DE PASQUALE QUOTE 

“Today I had an average qualifying in the first session but got an alright result in the second one. So the first race was just about making up places because we were buried deep in the pack.”

“Then in the second race, I was just stuck behind a couple of cars for most of the race which made it a little bit hard. We tried a couple of things during the race but probably didn’t go completely in the right direction. But we are learning all the time, and I’m looking forward to racing at QR in a few weeks.”

DAVISON QUOTE 

“I’m happy with that result because the guys have worked really hard on the car the last few weeks. It’s been a real battle, but we haven’t really been off the second row on the grid. The races have been challenging, although we’ve certainly had strengths at times, particularly over long stints.” 

“To get the team a trophy today is sort of a thank you for all the hard work, but the race certainly could have been different without the safety car, so I’m a bit disappointed as well. I lost six or seven seconds behind the safety car when we should have been a long way up the road with the undercut, which had worked really well.”

“But that’s the way it goes. There haven’t been any safety cars lately, so the one race where we had a bit of a crack and went early and took a bit of a punt is where it happens. Thank you to the team who has certainly done a great job with the car today.”

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