De Pasquale claims maiden Supercars podium in Holden

Upcoming Holden superstar Anton de Pasquale has claimed a maiden Supercars podium, steering his ZB Commodore comfortably to third in this afternoon’s penultimate race at the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint.

After qualifying on the second row of the grid, it was a textbook start that allowed the Erebus Penrite Racing Driver to settle into third for the 200km feature.

An excellent strategy from the team kept the #99 in clean air and gave the young gun his first podium, in front of his parents who were watching nervously inside the garage.

“It was awesome, obviously it was really good to qualify in fourth and then I nailed the start,” said de
Pasquale.

“It’s a credit to the team and one they deserve, so it’s awesome.”

“A podium was on the goal list, and to get it so early on in the season is really cool.”

Shane van Gisbergen was the front-runner for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team, finishing sixth in today’s race and retaining fourth position in the championship standings.

“That was a tough race and a tough weekend without a doubt. It is made even tougher when you set your own standards and expectations, especially after the great run last weekend we had in Tasmania,” said van Gisbergen.

“At the end of the day we are a team, we will keep working hard and have some fun along the way, even if it doesn’t include winning. We will keep at it and just look forward to the next race in Perth.”

It was a mega afternoon for the Freightliner Racing entry of Tim Slade, starting the race in 20th and finishing in 9th, making up a whopping eleven positions for the ZB Commodore driver.

“Thanks to the team for a mega strategy,” said Slade.

“We didn’t have great outright speed, I just think with that tyre lap difference compared to everyone else, we were able to mow them down and get through most cars in front.”

Nick Percat has continued his string of top-ten results this afternoon making it eight from ten starts this year, taking tenth in his Seven-Eleven Brad Jones Racing Commodore.

“It’s nice to finish the weekend with two top-ten results and to be sitting in a good spot in the championship, but I really want us to be going better and working towards getting closer to the top-five ,” said Percat.

“Perth will be interesting with the resurfacing and night race, so looking forward to a quick break then getting over there to see what we can do.”

Saturday’s race saw Penrite Racing star David Reynolds as the top Holden home picking up fourth place in the shorter 120km race.

Next up, teams head to the west coast where all the action will take place under lights, May 2nd – 4th for the PIRTEK Perth SuperNight at the infamous Barbagallo circuit.

Results: Race 10, WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 45 1:12:04.1542
2 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 45 1:12:04.8335
3 99 Penrite Racing Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 45 1:12:08.3445
4 23 Milwaukee Racing Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 45 1:12:10.0528
5 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 45 1:12:12.4732
6 6 Monster Energy Racing Team Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 45 1:12:15.2493
7 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 45 1:12:18.0880
8 15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 45 1:12:29.7177
9 14 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 45 1:12:30.2983
10 8 Brad Jones Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 45 1:12:30.6610
11 9 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 45 1:12:31.2733
12 88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 45 1:12:32.3133
13 7 Plus Fitness Racing Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 45 1:12:34.3100
14 5 The Bottle-O Racing Team Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 45 1:12:34.5555
15 200 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 45 1:12:36.3828
16 35 Bigmate Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 45 1:12:37.3654
17 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 45 1:12:44.9807
18 78 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 45 1:12:46.6193
19 3 RABBLE.club Racing Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 45 1:12:47.1843
20 19 Truck Assist TEKNO Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 45 1:12:57.0048
21 21 Team CoolDrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 45 1:12:58.1166
22 34 Boost Mobile Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 44 1:12:13.1224
23 33 Boost Mobile Racing Richie Stanaway Holden Commodore ZB 44 1:12:35.1603
24 22 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 43 1:13:15.7725

Results: Race 9, WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 27 47:44.6907
2 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 27 47:45.9302
3 7 Plus Fitness Racing Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 27 47:47.5364
4 9 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 27 47:49.0175
5 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 27 47:51.2843
6 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 27 47:54.7983
7 15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 27 47:58.2068
8 200 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 27 47:58.8456
9 8 Brad Jones Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 27 47:59.0987
10 23 Milwaukee Racing Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 27 47:59.7588
11 35 Bigmate Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 27 48:00.0468
12 99 Penrite Racing Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 27 48:01.1252
13 34 Boost Mobile Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 27 48:01.9440
14 33 Boost Mobile Racing Richie Stanaway Holden Commodore ZB 27 48:02.9958
15 5 The Bottle-O Racing Team Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 27 48:03.4084
16 78 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 27 48:03.7179
17 14 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 27 48:04.2855
18 21 Team CoolDrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 27 48:04.7736
19 3 RABBLE.club Racing Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 27 48:06.3187
20 19 Truck Assist TEKNO Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 27 48:20.6775
21 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 27 49:17.7576
22 22 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 26 48:07.7914
DNF 6 Monster Energy Racing Team Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 21 38:34.7663
DNF 88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 11 18:02.4322

Championship points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Scott McLaughlin 1058
2 Fabian Coulthard 934
3 Chaz Mostert 815
4 Shane van Gisbergen 802
5 David Reynolds 791
6 Will Davison 722
7 Nick Percat 703
8 Tim Slade 693
9 Jamie Whincup 679
10 Mark Winterbottom 652
11 Cameron Waters 592
12 Anton De Pasquale 579
13 James Courtney 571
14 Andre Heimgartner 566
15 Lee Holdsworth 540
16 Scott Pye 520
17 Rick Kelly 504
18 Todd Hazelwood 496
19 James Golding 434
20 Simona De Silvestro 409
21 Richie Stanaway 371
22 Jack Le Brocq 352
23 Garry Jacobson 305
24 Macauley Jones 294
25 Jack Smith 69