The “difficult” conditions that were on display yesterday hit again, as Jake Kostecki came off the track and into the muddy grass.
It’s the same corner that Anton De Pasquale, who finished first in Saturday’s qualifying, struggled with in the second practice session, as he also went off the track and forced the drivers to stop prematurely. trials.
Kostecki was forced into the pits after running off the track as his team clung on furiously to get rid of the grass that had accumulated on the front of his car.
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But there were no such problems for De Pasquale, who finished first in qualifying with a time of 1:29:759.
Defending champion Shane van Gisbergen finished third, with De Pasquale’s Shell V-Power Racing teammate Will Davison sandwiched in between.
Chaz Mostert finished sixth, while rookie Broc Feeney earned a spot in what will be his first-ever top-ten shootout after Bryce Fullwood couldn’t usurp him late in the qualifying period.
COMPLETE QUALIFICATION TIMES
1st: Anton De Pasquale (1:29:759)
2nd: Will Davison (+0.251)
3rd: Shane van Gisbergen (+0.341)
4th: André Heimgartner (+0.386)
5th: Will Brown (+0.397)
6th: Chaz Mostert (+0.454)
7th: Brodie Kostecki (+0.609)
8th: Tim Slade (+0.615)
9th: David Reynolds (+0.748)
10th: Broc Feeney (+0.817)
11th: Bryce Fullwood (+0.878)
12th: Scott Pye (+0.884)
13th: Mark Winterbottom (+0.886)
14th: Nick Percat (+1.009)
15th: James Courtney (+1.093)
16th: Jack Le Brocq (+1.159)
17th: Todd Hazelwood (+1.174)
18th: Jack Smith (+1.236)
19th: Thomas Randle (+1.247)
20th: Garry Jacobson (+1.295)
21st: Macauley Jones (+1.303)
22nd: Cameron Waters (+1.361)
23rd: Lee Holdsworth (+1.468)
24th: Jake Kostecki (+1.685)
25th: Chris Pither (+2.075)
‘MUST GIVE UP’ – STAR REVEALS ESCAPE ACTION AS WET WEATHER TAKES HARM IN PRACTICE
The Supercars grid is prepared for the “tricky” conditions that will await them for the first race of the 2022 season, as wet weather threatens to take its toll.
In Friday’s two practice sessions, defending champion Shane van Gisbergen and Anton De Pasquale both lost the lead, with the latter’s off-track mishap forcing red flags and ending the second session early.
Speaking about van Gisbergen’s surprising mistake, Supercars Hall of Famer Mark Skaife remarked in a comment that “you don’t see this often”, insisting he didn’t remember of the last time he had seen the Kiwi spinning.
However, van Gisbergen was optimistic that his performance would improve when it mattered most.
“Good session, we were fast, we were up there but we didn’t put the tire on,” van Gisbergen said. supercars.com.
“I think we are quite quick, we were quick in both sessions today so we will go back tomorrow and see what the weather will be like.”
De Pasquale, who was fastest in the first practice session, went wide at Turn 1 and ended up flying through the muddy grass off the track as he prepares for the ever-changing conditions who are waiting for him.
“I ran a bit wide and grabbed some grass where everything was wet,” De Pasquale said.
“We’ll see what tomorrow brings with the weather and the track with the changing conditions, which mixes everything up.”
Teammate Will Davison called the practice sessions “difficult” but was positive about the condition of their car and its potential to give the Shell V-Power Racing team a strong finish.
“Tough conditions to master the weather and wet areas in the various corners,” Davison said.
“In Practice 2 we had a solid race but unfortunately we couldn’t complete our last lap due to the red flag with just under a minute left in the session.
“Overall I’m happy with the car’s position and we’ll look at some things and come back tomorrow.”
Chaz Mostert was the fastest man on the grid in the second practice session and will no doubt want to continue his momentum in the first race of the season.
FULL SATURDAY SCHEDULE FOR SYDNEY SUPERNIGHT RACE (ALL AEDT)
Qualifying (Race 1): 2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Top Ten Shootout (Race 1): 4:30 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
Race 1: 7:10 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.