2013 Australian Formula Ford Champion Anton DePasquale is continuing his impressive form at Round 2 of the Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Championship this weekend, finishing at the top of the timesheets in both Friday practice sessions at the iconic 7km Spa Franchorchamps circuit in Belgium.
The 18 year old Australian from the Werribee South rural precinct in Victoria, captured everyone’s attention with two pole positions and two race wins in Round 1 recently at the ex Dutch Grand Prix circuit, Zandvoort. DePasquale has gone on to make his intentions clear at Spa with an impressive 7/10ths gap over his nearest competitors in practice, of which the following three cars were DePasquale’s teamates from the same in-form Lechner Racing Team stable.
DePasquale commented enthusiastically after practice:
“I really love this place, it’s just an awesome racetrack - I’m feeling kind of lucky! Yes, for sure practice today has gone to plan, but I can sense increased competition around me this weekend - even from my team mates. We also have 6 or 7 of the best guys from the Nordic Formula Renault 1.6 Championship racing with us, so it’s a bigger field and everyone is trying to impress in front of the (Formula Renault) 2.0 and 3.5 litre teams also racing here this weekend. Lechner's have given me a great car, so I’ve just got to stay 100% focused on what I have to do”
DePasquale, who recently entered an extended mentoring and management agreement with Mark Larkham has, according to Larkham, got his feet firmly planted on the ground, "largely as a consequence of his upbringing".
"First and foremost Anton is a racer, and at 18 a very good one, that’s the bit he really loves. He doesn't get too caught up in the distractions, the accolades and back slapping, knowing there is a long road ahead, riddled with challenges. Our goal is to ensure Anton arms himself with the appropriate preparation, decision making and support to take on those challenges".