News – AU – De Pasquale applauds the push from supercars

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Up and coming supercars star Anton De Pasquale knows he will step into intense limelight when this year’s championship kicks off in Bathurst over the weekend

After the three-time Supercars champion switched to the American IndyCar series, the 25-year-old slipped into the place vacated by Scott McLaughlin at Dick Johnson Racing

After proving his potential in three full seasons at Erebus Motorsport, the team change for De Pasquale is career-defining

Team owner and supercars legend Johnson already believes De Pasquale is at a similar point in his driving career as McLaughlin when he joined DJR in 2017

“Obviously from a legend like Dick, to a legend like Scotty who’s now in the sport, it’s a cool thing,” De Pasquale told AAP

“If I keep doing half as well as these guys, then I’ve had a good time”

De Pasquale is starting his first race with DJR after finishing eighth in the 2020 championship This season he won for the first time

He is only too aware that expectations will be much higher at DJR as they try to prove that they can stay on top without McLaughlin or the influence of American billionaire Roger Penske

“I’ve had the chance to join the most successful team in recent history with the fastest cars and the fastest drivers and all that stuff,” said De Pasquale

“You’re replacing what’s heavy and it’s obviously the highest pressure seat you can possibly get, but at the same time that’s kind of a sport and it’s an opportunity that I wanted and am grateful for

The 2021 championship begins with the Bathurst 500 on the legendary Mount Panorama circuit with two 250 km races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday

Supercars Championship, Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst 1000

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Source: https://thewest.com.au/sport/motorsport/de-pasquale-welcomes-supercars-pressure-ng-s-2050700