Sydney Supercars: De Pasquale fastest under lights

Anton De Pasquale completed a practice clean sweep at Sydney Motorsport Park by topping the half-hour night session.

Conditions were significantly cooler than during the earlier session, with times almost immediately eclipsing De Pasquale's Practice 1 benchmark.

Within five minutes Nick Percat became the first driver to break the 1m30s mark, the Brad Jones Racing driver going quickest with a 1m29.631s.

At the 10-minute mark the Red Bull Holdens took over at the top, Jamie Whincup with a 1m29.041s just seconds before being edged by Shane van Gisbergen's 1m29.449s.

Those times lasted until the frantic final two minutes when much of the field switched to green rubber.

New Dunlops helped Whincup leapfrog his teammate, the #88 moving three-tenths clear of the #97.

But De Pasquale jumped both the Bulls, and comfortably, his final margin over two-tenths.

"They don't hand out trophies for Friday practice," said De Pasquale.

"We learnt a lot about the car and what we need to do, but tomorrow it looks like the weather is going to change up a bit, degrees and wind and all the stuff that makes the car handle different.

"It's going to be tight tomorrow, we know that. But so far, so good. Three months on the bench... to drive a car again is fun, to be fastest is even better."

Van Gisbergen, meanwhile, was happy enough in third given he felt he didn't get the best out of his green tyre run.

"Pretty good [day]," said the Kiwi. "I didn't do the best lap, Jamie is a bit ahead. And Anton is a fair way up the road again. We've got work to do, but it's not too bad."

Brodie Kostecki capped off a promising day in fourth spot, followed by Nick Percat, Chaz Mostert, Scott Pye, Todd Hazelwood, Will Brown and David Reynolds.

Cam Waters was just 11th quickest, the Tickford spearhead jumping to fifth on his green tyre run at the end before being shuffled back down the order.

Cla # Driver Car Laps Time Gap Interval
1 11 Australia Anton De Pasquale
Ford Mustang GT 12 1'28.806
2 88 Australia Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore ZB 11 1'29.041 0.235 0.235
3 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore ZB 10 1'29.381 0.574 0.339
4 99 Brodie Kostecki
Holden Commodore ZB 9 1'29.395 0.589 0.014
5 8 Australia Nick Percat
Holden Commodore ZB 11 1'29.444 0.638 0.048
6 25 Australia Chaz Mostert
Holden Commodore ZB 10 1'29.511 0.705 0.067
7 20 Australia Scott Pye
Holden Commodore ZB 11 1'29.616 0.810 0.105
8 14 Australia Todd Hazelwood
Holden Commodore ZB 8 1'29.661 0.855 0.044
9 9 Australia Will Brown
Holden Commodore ZB 11 1'29.736 0.929 0.074
10 26 Australia David Reynolds
Ford Mustang GT 10 1'29.739 0.932 0.003
11 6 Australia Cameron Waters
Ford Mustang GT 16 1'29.768 0.961 0.028
12 2 Australia Bryce Fullwood
Holden Commodore ZB 10 1'29.923 1.117 0.155
13 18 Australia Mark Winterbottom
Holden Commodore ZB 10 1'29.933 1.127 0.009
14 19 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore ZB 9 1'29.963 1.156 0.029
15 7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner
Ford Mustang GT 10 1'30.011 1.205 0.048
16 34 Australia Jake Kostecki
Holden Commodore ZB 10 1'30.058 1.252 0.047
17 3 Australia Tim Slade
Ford Mustang GT 8 1'30.262 1.456 0.203
18 5 Australia Jack Le Brocq
Ford Mustang GT 16 1'30.335 1.528 0.072
19 44 Australia James Courtney
Ford Mustang GT 15 1'30.401 1.594 0.066
20 4 Australia Jack Smith
Holden Commodore ZB 12 1'30.453 1.647 0.052
21 96 Australia Macauley Jones
Holden Commodore ZB 10 1'30.542 1.736 0.089
22 17 Australia Will Davison
Ford Mustang GT 10 1'30.766 1.960 0.223
23 22 Australia Garry Jacobson
Holden Commodore ZB 11 1'30.916 2.110 0.150
24 35 Australia Zane Goddard
Holden Commodore ZB 10 1'31.601 2.794 0.684
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