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JUN 19, 2022 | Ford Australia Press Release

MUSTANGS HOT IN THE TOP END

Celebrating the win

Hidden Valley Raceway, Northern Territory - Anton de Pasquale played it cool to come out on top after three heated top end tussles for the Darwin Triple Crown at Hidden Valley in the sixth round of the 2022 Supercars Championship. The event was Supercars’ 2022 Indigenous Round, with the cars looking incredible in special liveries to honour the occasion.

The Shell V-Power racer finished first, fourth and second in the three 38-lap races around the 2.87km circuit on the outskirts of Darwin to claim the overall round victory while also clawing back a significant portion of his deficit to championship leader, Shane van Gisbergen.

Shell V Mustang on track 

Teammate Will Davison was also in fine form in Darwin, claiming two record-setting pole positions – including for his 500th Supercars race start in the opening stoush, and finishing second, second and fourth.

Cam Waters bounced back from a seventh-placed finish in Saturday’s opening race to stand on the podium twice on Sunday with a victory from pole in race two and third in race three.

Cam Waters with Mustang

It was a mixed weekend in the top end for Grove Racing, with David Reynolds showing decent speed from behind the wheel of his Penrite Mustang but could only muster a best result of fifth while teammate Lee Holdsworth hovered in the mid field all weekend, as did Team Cooldrive’s Tim Slade.

Ford Australia President and CEO, Andrew Birkic, said it was excellent to see Mustangs back at the front of the pack.

"Our Mustangs were hot in Darwin this weekend, with wins for both DJR and Tickford," said Andrew Birkic. 

"The pace was intense, and the racing very entertaining to watch. Great to see excellent speed from our teams in both racing and qualifying."

"Congrats also to Will Davison on his 500th race, joining a very select group of drivers. Now we're looking forward to Townsville."

The Repco Superars Championship continues on the streets of Townsville from July 8-10.

Ben Croke, Dick Johnson Racing

  • “It’s been a really positive weekend for us across the entire team; we qualified well with two pole positions, we raced well at the front and the end result is podiums in all three races.”
  • “We have also clawed back some decent ground in both the driver’s and teams’ championships, which is another major positive outcome for the weekend.”

Tim Edwards, Tickford Racing

  • “It was a really strong weekend for Car 6 with some fantastic performances from Cam including a pole position, a race win and a podium. That last race was certainly spectacular to watch.”
  • “It was also a great event for Car 56, with Jake’s results probably flying a little under the radar. But he has been on fire in the last couple of rounds and improving with every race.”
  • “Unfortunately, it was a troubled weekend for JC with a couple of incidents that had massive consequences. When you don’t qualify well, you race with some questionable drivers, and you often come out second best. We certainly have a lot of rubbish out the back of the garage. But I must say it was a herculean effort from the team to get that car back out for the third race. “
  • “We will turn our attention now to Townsville and we look forward to the next round as we know how to go fast around there.”

Stephen Grove, Grove Racing

  • “It wasn’t as consistent as we’d like from the weekend, but it’s a continuation of our learning process.”
  • “We added a lot of new parts to the cars this weekend, and we didn’t maximise the performance benefits they bring. But we have a better understanding of the direction and we’re still moving forward.
  • “We were solid, but still nowhere near where we want to be.”

Tim Blanchard, Blanchard Racing Team

  • “It was a pretty disappointing weekend for us, stuck in the mid field with a car that was lacking pace. But we came home with three solid results and a car that hasn’t been inflicted with too much damage.”
  • “We have a fair bit of homework to do though to extract more.”
  • “If there’s a positive, it is that we – as a new team - haven’t been to the last two rounds previously, and we now have information we can use to learn from them to improve in the future.”
  • “For now, it’s time have a reset and rethink and move on to the next round in Townsville with some optimism.”

2022 Championship standings:

  • Anton de Pasquale: 2nd
  • Cam Waters: 3rd
  • Will Davison: 4th
  • David Reynolds: 5th
  • Tim Slade: 10th
  • Lee Holdsworth: 12th
  • James Courtney: 13th
  • Jake Kostecki: 21st
  • Thomas Randle: 22nd

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