The Dick Johnson Racing Ford driver had solely received as soon as, on the Bend, within the first 19 races of the championship after switching from the Erebus Holden group final 12 months.
However De Pasquale has been in effective type for the reason that championship reconvened following a three-month COVID-enforced break at Sydney for a stretch of 4 back-to-back weekends on the identical venue, taking 5 pole positions from the seven races to this point, changing 4 into victory.
An honest begin from his newest pole gave De Pasquale an early lead, initially forward of Jamie Whincup till factors chief Shane van Gisbergen eased his means into second on lap eight.
The 2 Pink Bull Holdens then did their greatest to mob De Pasquale across the stops, Whincup pitting on lap 11 to convey the undercut into play.
The ploy labored, not less than initially, as De Pasquale resumed behind the seven-time champion after taking over 4 new tyres on lap 16.
Whincup managed to carry De Pasquale off for the very best a part of a lap, the slight delay permitting van Gisbergen to pit, tackle two new tyres, and take over the lead.
However the Kiwi’s stint on the entrance was short-lived. With a big grip benefit from 4 new tyres, De Pasquale was in a position to swiftly discover a well beyond van Gisbergen.
As soon as in entrance, De Pasquale’s solely concern was a short security automotive to retrieve Bryce Fullwood’s stranded automotive from the surface of Flip three. Nevertheless he was in a position to nail the restart earlier than cruising to a two-second win.
Anton de Pasquale, Dick Johnson Racing Ford
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He stated after the race taking over 4 tyres was the suitable name, even when it means van Gisbergen’s tyre financial institution will look higher tomorrow.
“I am fairly stoked to get the win,” stated De Pasquale.
“We used a pair extra tyres than the opposite guys, however that is all good. [Four tyres] was the quickest option to the top. We have been on pole, we have been main the race, you do not need to throw it away.
“We’ll take the win once we can get it. We’ll learn the way that works out tomorrow, however we’re pleased with the win. Should you get a type of a weekend, you are going good.”
Erebus driver Will Brown completed a effective third, regardless of a sluggish cease for 4 new tyres. The protection automotive was excellent news for him, condensing the sphere and bringing his additional grip into play. Staff-mate Brodie Kostecki then let him by way of late within the race on the promise that if Brown did not get previous Whincup, he’d give the place again.
However Brown had little bother getting previous to say the ultimate spot on the rostrum.
Whincup completed fourth forward of Kostecki, whereas Scott Pye and Zane Goddard additionally made good headway after the restart to complete sixth and eighth respectively.
Between them was Will Davison, who survived a mighty scare on the run to Flip 1 when he was squeezed into the pitwall by Whincup.
Anton de Pasquale, Dick Johnson Racing Ford leads firstly
Picture by: Edge Photographics
“Jamie got here throughout fairly aggressively,” Davison defined post-race.
“I did not suppose he’d maintain driving me to the wall. Fortunate I lifted in any other case it could have been a fairly large accident.
“I believed I used to be going to get by way of [but] it was almost a shunt. I averted that fortunately.”
There have been some laborious luck tales within the area, together with an absolute shocker for Tickford. James Courtney spun on the first nook firstly after being bumped by Pye, earlier than Cam Waters was changed into the wall by team-mate Jack Le Brocq as they battled Todd Hazelwood late within the race.
Le Brocq was slapped with a drive-through for his efforts.
Nick Percat, in the meantime, needed to have a right-front suspension downside rectified through the race which value him seven laps within the pits. He was then handed a drive-through for an unsafe launch.