David Reynolds has claimed another top spot with fourth at Winton today, while penalties and pit stop issues put Anton De Pasquale in 17th.
A cracking start from fourth on the grid saw David slot into third early; Anton following and also moving up one spot to P5.
With little action on track, the field only moved when pit stops commenced; Anton taking his first stop on lap 15 and David three laps later.
The battle heated up in the second stint and with plenty more pace than Rick Kelly in front, Anton made a dive at Turn 10.
Though enough racing room was left, their two front wheels touched, and Anton was sadly handed a 15-second time penalty for his part in the play on lap 21.
With strategy still to show, Anton maintained his spot inside the top ten until the second round of stops.
David pit to cover off the potential of an undercut from Jamie Whincup on lap 33 and a tight squeeze on the re-join meant the Penrite Racing driver lost out on cold tyres for an effective P4 on the road after pit stops.
Anton stopped for his second time at the end of lap 36 and served his time-penalty in the same action.
The added 15-seconds put the young gun behind the top ten and in P13 once the field had settled once more.
Racing got animated one final time with a Safety Car called with 10 laps to go.
Anton, plus a number of cars diced in for fresher tyres and the hopes of carving through the field on the restart.
Bad luck struck one more time when Anton’s right-front wheel wouldn’t come loose and was forced to re-join the pack with the same old tyre still attached.
Unable to take advantage of the additional pit stop, Anton finished the 7-lap dash to the finish in 17th.
David attempted to make one last move for the final spot on the podium but took fourth at the flag.
David Reynolds – Started: 4th, Finished: 4th
“Sunday at Winton wasn’t a bad day. We made I straight through to Q2 after practice. I went further again and into Q3; my car was pretty good and got 4th. I thought I did a good job and maximised my car.
“I got a really good start but couldn’t do anything with it because it’s such a short run to turn one. My race was with Jamie for two stints, but he eventually got me; he pitted a lap before me in the last stint and had warm tyres when I re-joined, so he got past me straight away and there wasn’t enough I could do. I think we learnt a lot from that race; it was overall a great weekend, and everyone did such a good job, a big improvement on our round last year.”
Anton De Pasquale – Started: 6th, Finished: 17th
“It was good to get sixth for the start of the race; we had a good start, running around comfortable in 5thfor the first part of it. After our first pit stop, we were still in a good position, the strategy was working out though I made a move past Rick Kelly which the people in charge thought wasn’t fair though. From my point of view, it was just a racing pass; I was a fair way in there and we touched wheels. It’s a hard place to pass so anytime you do it’s a big move and unfortunately with the penalty it didn’t go our way.
“It was hard to get those spots back once we took our time penalty, but we opted to take a risk and pit for a third time under Safety Car. Unfortunately, an issue there meant I couldn’t race forward and I ended up losing positions in the last laps. Overall, we showed good pace this weekend and there are plenty of positives to take away.”