Sydney Supercars: De Pasquale takes pole on series' return

Dick Johnson Racing's Anton De Pasquale dominated the Top 10 Shootout at Sydney Motorsport Park to score pole position as Supercars returned to action after an enforced three-month break.

Sydney Supercars: De Pasquale takes pole on series' return

Following back-to-back weekends at Townsville in July, the Supercars championship was put on hiatus due to COVID-19 outbreaks in Australia, culminating in the Bathurst 1000 being rearranged to form the season finale on 5 December.

On the series' return in Sydney, DJR driver De Pasquale has been on blistering form this weekend and the provisional polesitter continued his devastating form in the single-lap dash for pole, gapping a tight battle behind him by more than half a second.

He has now topped every session so far this weekend and will start tonight's opening sprint race as the overwhelming favourite for a second victory in DJR colours after winning the second race at the Bend.

"It's always good when you go any the end [of the Shootout], the track is cooling off is you've got the best of both worlds," he said.

"But the car was in a good window right out of the truck, that's the best we've rolled out the car all year. We're just in the window so we can find tune it. We want to execute in the race tonight."

Will Brown put in a masterful performance, the Erebus rookie going from fifth in regular qualifying to a spot on the front row of the grid.

"I knew it was a pretty good lap, I was pretty pumped," he said. "But I got my arse handed to me by [Anton]. Five-tenths!

"But's it's cool to be starting from the front row. We'll be having a crack, I'm out there to try and win a race."

Anton De Pasquale, Dick Johnson Racing Ford Mustang

Anton De Pasquale, Dick Johnson Racing Ford Mustang

Photo by: Mark Horsburgh, Edge Photographics

De Pasquale's team-mate Will Davison and Nick Percat ended up on the second row, ahead of Brodie Kostecki and series leader Shane van Gisbergen, who was somewhat underwhelming in the Shootout.

The back end of the Top 10 was largely unchanged from regular qualifying, with Cam Waters seventh, Jamie Whincup eighth, Chaz Mostert ninth and Tim Slade 10th.

Today's race starts at 7:10pm local time.

Syndey Supercars Qualifying Result:

Cla Driver Car Time
1 Australia Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 1'28.077
2 Australia Will Brown Holden Commodore ZB 1'28.605
3 Australia Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 1'28.618
4 Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 1'28.690
5 Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1'28.702
6 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 1'28.729
7 Australia Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 1'28.811
8 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 1'29.182
9 Australia Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 1'29.194
10 Australia Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 1'29.608
11 Australia David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 1'29.567
12 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 1'29.582
13 Australia Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 1'29.640
14 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB 1'29.679
15 Australia Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 1'29.721
16 Australia Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 1'29.835
17 Australia Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 1'29.868
18 Australia Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 1'29.899
19 Australia Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 1'29.974
20 Australia Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.039
21 Australia Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.158
22 Australia Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.179
23 Australia James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 1'30.366
24 Australia Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 1'30.453
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