DJR duo turn the tide at Symmons Plains

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 18/04/2021
  • By Charlie Bullis

The Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint saw Shell V-Power Racing Team duo Anton De Pasquale and Will Davison leave Symmons Plains with four trophies between them.

As Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert drove into the distance, De Pasquale led Davison in Race 8 to clinch the first double-podium for the team since The Bend last season.

Davison scored podiums in Races 7 and 8, with De Pasquale adding to his Saturday third-place finish.

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It was a welcome return to form for the Ford team, which failed to record a podium finish at the last event at Sandown.

"It’s an awesome result for the team to have us both up there on the podium today,” De Pasquale said after the race.

"Our cars have definitely felt a lot better this weekend than they’ve felt at the first two rounds.

"I feel like we’re well and truly finding our feet now which helps our confidence heading to tracks where the team have been successful in the past.”

De Pasquale and Davison launched from third and fifth respectively for Race 8, with Davison managing to take fourth from Zane Goddard in the early stages.

Heading to the lane in the first stint of the race proved to be a successful strategy for the pair, allowing them to defend with enough life in the tyres for the final moments of the race.

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With just two laps remaining, De Pasquale started closing on a struggling Cameron Waters and completed the overtake at Turn 5.

On the following lap, Davison passed Waters at the same spot, securing himself the final place on the podium.

"It was a really exciting race that I could see coming to life from about 15 laps to go,” Davison said.

"I was really comfortable with the balance of the car the whole last stint.

“Even though we pitted early, the tyres held up really well which gave me to ability to make a move on Waters late in the race.

"It was really great to be able to work together with Anton during the final stages of the race to bring home a great result for the team.”

Davison has risen to fifth in the championship, with De Pasquale moving up to eighth ahead of next month’s OTR SuperSprint.

The Shell V-Power Racing Team now sits second in the teams' standings, trailing Red Bull Ampol Racing by 506 points.
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