De Pasquale's 427-point turnaround

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 29/06/2022
  • By James Pavey

He may only have just one win in 18 starts this season, but Anton De Pasquale has left his 2021 campaign for dead.

After six rounds, De Pasquale has closed the gap to Shane van Gisbergen to 214 points.

It amplifies De Pasquale's struggles of 2021, which was littered with poor reliability and accidents.

After six rounds in 2021, De Pasquale was a whopping 641 points from the series lead.

Not only is he 347 points better off on his 2021 tally, De Pasquale is 427 points closer to the points leader year-on-year.

De Pasquale and van Gisbergen now take their battle to Townsville, where they both enjoyed success last year.

De Pasquale took a pole and three podiums, while van Gisbergen took a pole and three wins.

The other big mover is David Reynolds, who is 317 points better off versus 2021.

Reynolds' form reversal has been well-noted, with the Grove Racing driver already on six podiums for the season.

Critically, De Pasquale's upswing in form has aided Shell V-Power Racing Team's charge to the top of the teams' championship standings.

The Ford squad took the lead from Red Bull Ampol Racing in Darwin, with van Gisbergen going winless.

De Pasquale won the first race of the weekend, his first since November 2021.

Darwin was an epic turnaround for Dick Johnson Racing after Winton, where van Gisbergen outscored De Pasquale by 117 points.

DJR was 137 points behind Red Bull Ampol Racing after Winton; after Darwin, DJR leads by 14 points.

Triple Eight and DJR have won all teams' titles dating back to 2010.

A key difference has been the Jamie Whincup factor, with rookie Broc Feeney still learning his craft in the main game.

Through six rounds, Feeney has tallied 357 points fewer than Whincup last year.

Van Gisbergen, largely in part due to his Race 18 disaster in Darwin, is 80 points off his 2021 tally.

With Will Davison nearly on par with his 2021 tally, the dual turnarounds have ensured DJR is now eyeing a fourth teams' title in six years.

"It's something, as a team, we wanted to get this year," De Pasquale said of the teams' championship.

"It'll be a tight battle all the way to the end, I'm sure.

"Myself and Will are working well together, we're both collecting trophies and at the front nearly every session.

"That's all we've got to end, and hopefully many more towards the end of the season."

Cars will hit the track for dual practice sessions next Friday. Purchase your NTI Townsville 500 tickets now.

Championship points standings after Round 6

2021 2022
van Gisbergen (1661) van Gisbergen (1581) -80
Whincup (1416) De Pasquale (1367) +347
W.Davison (1291) Waters (1293) +37
Mostert (1278) W.Davison (1287) -4
Waters (1256) Reynolds (1111) +317
De Pasquale (1020) Mostert (1107) -171
Winterbottom (996) Feeney (1059) N/A
Percat (992) B.Kostecki (977) +114
Courtney (912) Heimgartner (954) +94
Brown (903) Slade (903) +149
B.Kostecki (863) Winterbottom (887) -109
Heimgartner (860) Holdsworth (876) N/A
Fullwood (801) Courtney (852) -60
Reynolds (794) Hazelwood (796) +80
Le Brocq (772) Percat (789) -203
Pye (768) Brown (784) -119
Slade (754) Jones (627) +129
Hazelwood (716) Le Brocq (624) -148
Goddard (616) Pye (589) -189
J.Kostecki (596) Fullwood (580) -221
Jones (498) J.Kostecki (575) -21
Smith (490) Randle (562) N/A
Coulthard (458) Pither (526) N/A
Jacobson (446) Jacobson (513) +67
Randle (260) Wildcard Smith (502) +12
K.Kostecki (222) Wildcard Ojeda (150) Wildcard
Boys (62) Wildcard
Best (56) Wildcard
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