Penrite Racing’s Anton De Pasquale has recorded fifth in today’s race on the streets of Townsville, while his teammate was forced to retire with power steering issues.
Starting from the second row, Anton got bogged down on the start and moved back to ninth before the first turn, while David got an excellent start and moved up four places to sixth.
With Anton lapping quicker than his teammate, the Penrite racer quickly moved to seventh before the pair made a switch on lap seven before
David made a bolt for pit lane when he reported a power steering issue on lap 15. The team reacted quickly and assessed under the bonnet, before bolting on two rear tyres.
The #9 re-joined the field though with the problem still intermittent he waited for Anton to complete his stop before heading to the lane for a second time.
Anton took his stop at the end of lap 17 for a full set of rubber, before David came in to try rectify his issue. With only 6-minutes left to return to track and make the minimum lap requirement to be deemed a race finisher, the call was made for David to retire.
As pit stops cycled through Anton emerged in fifth with 12 laps remaining. With clean air and no pressure from behind, the #99 racer closed the gap to the cars in front but ultimately finished in fifth.
Anton De Pasquale was happy to take away a top five: “We started the day a bit average in practice and wasn’t looking amazing but made some cool changes for qualifying. We qualified fifth and made it to fourth in the shootout; it’s always good to make the shootout again.
“I had a terrible start in the race with heaps of wheel spin, though other than that our car was quite good. We went back to ninth at the start and recovered to fifth. Heading into tomorrow we need to qualify well again and work out how to get the starts better. Our qualifying car definitely had more pace this weekend and my race car is still good. We’ll fine tune them both a bit overnight and push for another good result tomorrow.”
Meanwhile on the other side of the garage, David Reynolds said: “We tried to fix our problem from last round which was using the front tyres too much and tried a range of different things before qualifying. Obviously, that meant we didn’t get to hone in our best qualifying set up but it was good to still end up tenth.
“We put Anton’s set up in for the race though that requires a different driving style, so it’s something that takes me a little while to get the most out of. The power steering failing didn’t help that but hopefully that’s been my problem for the last couple rounds and it’s just taken a while to fail; we’ll know in the morning what role that may have played. It’s been a trying day for our side of the garage and we still have a lot of work to do, though car 99 is still going well so that’s a positive for our team. I know I can do really well here and be on the pace, we just need to fine tune the car and hope for a better day tomorrow.”
The second leg in Townsville continues tomorrow with another two Qualifying sessions and two 39-lap races.