Sydney Supercars: De Pasquale wins despite tyre scare
Anton De Pasquale won the final race at Sydney Motorsport Park despite a tyre scare that forced him into an early stop.
The polesitter seemed to be cruising early in the first stint, building a 3.5-second gap over fellow front row starter Will Brown across the first five laps.
However a delaminating right rear tyre forced De Pasquale into an early stop, his Lap 11 service coming some five laps sooner than expected.
That initially gave him a healthy lead, close to 10 seconds, thanks to the undercut – but left Brown with tyres that were six laps younger for the run home.
The better rubber helped Brown quickly reel De Pasquale in, the rookie slotting under the leader's rear wing with a handful of laps to go.
But some clever tyre management during the chase meant De Pasquale had some pace in hand when Brown got behind him, enough, as it turned out, to keep the Erebus driver at bay.
"Will was pushing me quite hard," said De Pasquale.
"I had a bit of tyre in hand so I pushed quite hard in the first [stint] and one of the tyres delaminated or something. I had to pit quite early and then do a long stint, which we didn't want to do.
"I knew Will was coming [in the second stint], so I saved a little bit of tyre for the battle. I knew it was going to happen. Once he got to me, I think he was pushing pretty hard so I don't think he had much [tyre] left."
Brown confirmed that he wore his tyres out during the chase.
"Typical young bloke, burned [the tyres] up," he joked. "I don't know if I was burnt out or the car was at the end there.
"I put a bit of pressure on [De Pasquale] out of the last corner and gave him a few taps, but once I was behind him it was too hot. I would have liked to get that win, but it's cool to be on the podium."
Jamie Whincup finished a distant third, 20 seconds back, after a race-long tussle with teammate Shane van Gisbergen.
Whincup led the way in the first stint but had mirrors full of van Gisbergen, a least until the Kiwi went for an early stop on Lap 11.
The undercut helped van Gisbergen get ahead of Whincup, but Whincup had better tyres and was able to get back through on Lap 25.
Will Davison finished fifth ahead of a much-improved Cam Waters, who took Tickford's best result of a tough weekend with sixth.
Chaz Mostert and Jack Le Brocq were next in line followed by Tim Slade and Mark Winterbottom.
Van Gisbergen now leads the series by 338 points over Whincup.
The Supercars season continues with the second of four consecutive events at Sydney Motorsport Park next weekend.
Sydney Supercars - Race 3 results:
|1||11||Anton De Pasquale||Ford Mustang GT|
|2||9||Will Brown||Holden Commodore ZB||1.262|
|3||88||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||20.576|
|4||97||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||28.166|
|5||17||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||33.234|
|6||6||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||34.543|
|7||25||Chaz Mostert||Holden Commodore ZB||37.740|
|8||5||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Mustang GT||39.462|
|9||3||Tim Slade||Ford Mustang GT||41.637|
|10||18||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||44.137|
|11||8||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||46.423|
|12||44||James Courtney||Ford Mustang GT||46.435|
|13||7||Andre Heimgartner||Ford Mustang GT||51.392|
|14||26||David Reynolds||Ford Mustang GT||55.242|
|15||99||Brodie Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||55.441|
|16||96||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||56.740|
|17||34||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore ZB||58.591|
|18||2||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore ZB||1'04.493|
|19||4||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore ZB||1'10.825|
|20||20||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||1'11.160|
|21||22||Garry Jacobson||Holden Commodore ZB||1'11.933|
|22||35||Zane Goddard||Holden Commodore ZB||1'18.318|
|23||14||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB|
|19||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore ZB|
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