14 APR 2019
Holden young gun claims maiden Supercars podium
Upcoming Holden superstar Anton de Pasquale has claimed a maiden Supercars podium, steering his ZB Commodore comfortably to third in this afternoon's penultimate race at the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint.
After qualifying on the second row of the grid, it was a textbook start that allowed the Erebus Penrite Racing Driver to settle into third for the 200km feature.
An excellent strategy from the team kept the #99 in clean air and gave the young gun his first podium, in front of his parents who were watching nervously inside the garage.
"It was awesome, obviously it was really good to qualify in fourth and then I nailed the start," said de Pasquale.
"It's a credit to the team and one they deserve, so it's awesome."
"A podium was on the goal list, and to get it so early on in the season is really cool."
Shane van Gisbergen was the front-runner for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team, finishing sixth in today's race and retaining fourth position in the championship standings.
"That was a tough race and a tough weekend without a doubt. It is made even tougher when you set your own standards and expectations, especially after the great run last weekend we had in Tasmania," said van Gisbergen.
"At the end of the day we are a team, we will keep working hard and have some fun along the way, even if it doesn't include winning. We will keep at it and just look forward to the next race in Perth."
It was a mega afternoon for the Freightliner Racing entry of Tim Slade, starting the race in 20th and finishing in 9th, making up a whopping eleven positions for the ZB Commodore driver.
"Thanks to the team for a mega strategy," said Slade.
"We didn't have great outright speed, I just think with that tyre lap difference compared to everyone else, we were able to mow them down and get through most cars in front."
Nick Percat has continued his string of top-ten results this afternoon making it eight from ten starts this year, taking 10th in his Seven-Eleven, Brad Jones Racing Commodore.
"It's nice to finish the weekend with two top-ten results and to be sitting in a good spot in the championship, but I really want us to be going better and working towards getting closer to the top-five ," said Percat.
"Perth will be interesting with the resurfacing and night race, so looking forward to a quick break then getting over there to see what we can do."
Saturday's race saw Penrite Racing star David Reynolds as the top Holden home picking up fourth place in the shorter 120km race.
Next up, teams head to the west coast where all the action will take place under lights, May 2nd - 4th for the PIRTEK Perth SuperNight at the infamous Barbagallo circuit.