Tight at the top: Townsville speed breakdown

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 21/07/2021
  • By James Pavey

It was tight at the top at the WD-40 Townsville SuperSprint, with Anton De Pasquale setting the fastest lap of the weekend.

The pace was well and truly down relative to the previous week across one-lap and race pace.

At the NTI Townsville 500, it was a party for drivers in the 1:12s bracket; last weekend, they were nearly as rare as hen's teeth.

There was only one practice session, which was topped by Scott Pye on a 1:12.933s. The previous week's quickest practice lap was a 1:12.381s courtesy of Shane van Gisbergen.

De Pasquale's Saturday pole time, set in the Top Ten Shootout, was a 1:12.639s. The previous week's quickest qualifying lap, Jamie Whincup's Sunday 1:12.019s, was well up the road.

Van Gisbergen also clocked the quickest race lap en route to the Race 18 victory, a 1:13.908s. A week earlier, Chaz Mostert laid down a 1:13.424s late in the Sunday race.

Week on week, drivers lost roughly 0.6s, but that was more than made up for in high-quality racing.

Cameron Waters, who won Races 17 and 19, set the fastest lap of the race on Sunday when he needed it: in the lead, after a Safety Car restart.

Van Gisbergen's Race 18 fastest lap was set on lap 4 as he chased Whincup. Whincup, on the same lap, clocked a 1:14.134s.

Fastest practice laps

Session Driver Time
P Scott Pye 1:12.933
P Anton De Pasquale 1:13.098
P James Courtney 1:13.229
P Shane van Gisbergen 1:13.272
P Jack Le Brocq 1:13.311
P Will Brown 1:13.341
P Cameron Waters 1:13.351
P Bryce Fullwood 1:13.417
P Jamie Whincup 1:13.424
P Nick Percat 1:13.443

Fastest qualifying laps

Session Driver Time
TTSO17 Anton De Pasquale 1:12.639
TTSO17 Cameron Waters 1:12.806
Q19 Cameron Waters 1:12.814
Q19 Shane van Gisbergen 1:12.830
TTSO17 Will Davison 1:12.835
Q19 Anton De Pasquale 1:12.933
Q19 Will Davison 1:12.937
R17/Q1 Shane van Gisbergen 1:12.938
R17/Q2 Anton De Pasquale 1:12.991
Q19 Todd Hazelwood 1:13.010

Fastest race laps

Session Driver Time
R18 Shane van Gisbergen 1:13.908 (lap 4)
R19 Cameron Waters 1:14.134 (lap 24)
R18 Jamie Whincup 1:14.179 (lap 4)
R19 Shane van Gisbergen 1:14.248 (lap 4)
R17 Cameron Waters 1:14.249 (lap 3)
R19 Anton De Pasquale 1:14.369 (lap 25)
R17 Anton De Pasquale 1:14.376 (lap 4)
R17 Jamie Whincup 1:14.439 (lap 3)
R19 Macauley Jones 1:14.496 (lap 12)
R19 Will Davison 1:14.528 (lap 26)
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