De Pasquale beats Mostert, Brown in tight Taupō qualifying

21 Apr
Anton De Pasquale will be last man out in Sunday's Shootout, with Saturday winner Andre Heimgartner missing out altogether
  • Anton De Pasquale leads Chaz Mostert, Will Brown in qualifying

  • Top four drivers covered by just 0.05s at Taupō

  • Saturday winner Andre Heimgartner misses the Shootout

Anton De Pasquale has continued the Shell V-Power Racing Team's resurgence, beating Chaz Mostert and Will Brown to Race 8 provisional pole at the ITM Taupō Super400 as Saturday winner Andre Heimgartner missed the Shootout.

De Pasquale (#11 Shell V-Power Ford) fired to the top at the death to beat Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Optus Ford) to provisional pole by just 0.0272s, with championship leader Brown (#87 Red Bull Ampol Chevrolet) just 0.0292s.

Saturday provisional pole man Matt Payne (#19 Penrite Ford) was fourth, with the top four covered by a scant margin of just 0.0530s after 15 minutes of Boost Mobile Qualifying.

Heimgartner, who dominated Saturday's race, has had his hopes of a fairytale Jason Richards Memorial Trophy hit with failure to reach the Shootout, with the #8 R&J Batteries Chevrolet driver set to start the finale from 11th.

The Kiwi wasn't the only Saturday front-runner to miss out, with Race 7 runner-up Will Davison only 18th in his #17 Shell V-Power Ford, some 0.9s behind his teammate. Mustang rival Cam Waters, who claimed pole on Saturday, qualified 12th in his #6 Monster Energy Ford.


Ryan Wood (#2 Mobil 1 Truck Assist Ford) made it two Walkinshaw Andretti United Mustangs in the top five, followed by Broc Feeney (#88 Red Bull Ampol Chevrolet) and Tim Slade in his repaired #23 PremiAir Nulon Chevrolet following his Race 7 crash.

Returning champion Brodie Kostecki (#1 TFH Hire Chevrolet) and teammate Jack Le Brocq (#9 TFH Hire Chevrolet) made it an Erebus Motorsport eight-nine result, with Thomas Randle (#55 Castrol Ford) denying Heimgartner the final Shootout berth.

Highlights: Qualifying 8 2024 ITM Taupō Super400

Brown leads Feeney by an extended 59 points after Saturday's race, with Mostert 142 points down after losing his wheel.

Nick Percat's (#10 Bendix Chevrolet) tough weekend continued in 24th and last, where he also qualified for Saturday race. Percat will share the 12th row with Blanchard Racing Team rookie Aaron Love (#3 CoolDrive Ford), with BRT to record its 100th race start on Sunday.

Supercars will return to the track on Sunday with the Boost Mobile Top Ten Shootout at 10:25am AEST/12:25pm NZST.

The final race of the weekend, the 60-lap Race 8, will start at 1:05pm AEST/3:05pm NZST.

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