That year, De Pasquale was just one year old; however, with experience in the typically-chaotic 250km races, the younger generation could hold the upper hand.
Other current main game drivers to have competed in 250km races include Cameron Waters, Zane Goddard, Bryce Fullwood, Jack Le Brocq, Jack Smith, Garry Jacobson, Will Brown, Brodie Kostecki, Todd Hazelwood and Macauley Jones, who won the 2017 race.
De Pasquale, who completed three Bathurst 1000 starts for Erebus Motorsport between 2018 and 2020, expects a weekend of high intensity.
"You haven't got someone to handball the load off to over the week," he added.
"It's 40-odd laps around Bathurst, flat out, which is what we love to do.
"It's our coolest, most iconic track, so for us to go there and hand down laps all day long is what we want to do."