Sydney Supercars: De Pasquale streaks to provisional pole

Anton De Pasquale streaked to provisional pole at Sydney Motorsport Park, gapping the Supercars field by half a second.

Sydney Supercars: De Pasquale streaks to provisional pole

The Dick Johnson Racing continued his remarkable single-lap form at the Eastern Creek circuit with a dominant showing in regular qualifying.

He went under the 1m30s marker on his first run, before a stunning second flyer that yielded a 1m29.243s.

That left him a devastating five-tenths clear of series leader Shane van Gisbergen heading into the pole-deciding Top 10 Shootout later today.

The biggest threat to De Pasquale converting provisional pole in the single-lap dash is the weather, with rain reportedly headed towards western Sydney.

"We've done high 29s and the track is pretty similar," said De Pasquale when asked if he was surprised with his time.

"It just hooked up pretty good on that last set. When the tyre grips up you feed it bit of gas and the time comes.

"It looks like it could rain [for the Shootout], so that's a bit of a lottery. But oh well, we're in the Top 10 and we'll put on a show either way."

Jamie Whincup was third fastest in qualifying followed by Will Davison, who is under investigation for impeding Cam Waters.

Brodie Kostecki was fifth fastest while Nick Percat booked his spot in the Shootout on his final run, having languished outside the Top 10 earlier in the session.

Scott Pye, Jack Le Brocq, Todd Hazelwood and Waters rounded out those that will run in the Shootout.

There were some surprise omissions from the Top 10, with Chaz Mostert only good enough for 12th on the grid.

Will Brown, meanwhile, will start 16th after not converting his practice speed.

"It's disappointing," said the Erebus driver. "The car wasn't too bad, I think it was my tyre warming procedure or something. I got to Turn 2 and had a massive amount of understeer and it stuffed the whole lap."

Cla # Driver Car Time Gap Interval
1 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale
Ford Mustang GT 1'29.243
2 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore ZB 1'29.744 0.501 0.501
3 88 Australia Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore ZB 1'29.759 0.516 0.014
4 17 Australia Will Davison
Ford Mustang GT 1'29.810 0.567 0.051
5 99 Brodie Kostecki
Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.036 0.793 0.226
6 8 Australia Nick Percat
Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.082 0.839 0.046
7 20 Australia Scott Pye
Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.103 0.860 0.020
8 5 Australia Jack Le Brocq
Ford Mustang GT 1'30.174 0.931 0.071
9 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood
Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.177 0.934 0.003
10 6 Australia Cameron Waters
Ford Mustang GT 1'30.226 0.983 0.048
11 3 Australia Tim Slade
Ford Mustang GT 1'30.255 1.012 0.029
12 25 Australia Chaz Mostert
Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.289 1.046 0.033
13 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom
Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.303 1.060 0.014
14 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood
Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.399 1.156 0.095
15 35 Australia Zane Goddard
Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.431 1.188 0.032
16 9 Australia Will Brown
Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.439 1.196 0.008
17 26 Australia David Reynolds
Ford Mustang GT 1'30.613 1.370 0.173
18 22 Australia Garry Jacobson
Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.697 1.454 0.084
19 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
Ford Mustang GT 1'30.793 1.550 0.095
20 4 Australia Jack Smith
Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.871 1.628 0.077
21 96 Australia Macauley Jones
Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.988 1.745 0.116
22 34 Australia Jake Kostecki
Holden Commodore ZB 1'31.050 1.807 0.062
23 44 Australia James Courtney
Ford Mustang GT 1'31.129 1.886 0.079
24 19 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore ZB 1'31.207 1.964 0.078

 

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