De Pasquale insensitive to the change of engineer for Townsville

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Ludo Lacroix. Photo: Ross Gibb

Anton De Pasquale is confident of having a smooth race at the NTI Townsville 500 despite the impending absence of regular race engineer Ludo Lacroix.

The Frenchman returns to his native country to visit family – an opportunity that took a long time to present itself due to the travel hurdles presented by COVID-19 – with Shell V-Power Racing Team technical director Mark Fenning, replacing Mustang #11.

This is not unfamiliar territory for Fenning, who operated directly on Fabian Coulthard’s car for several seasons during his DJR Team Penske days before moving into a key role.

Fenning was actually back in the race engineering swing last weekend in Darwin, replacing Rich Harris (paternity leave) on Will Davison’s car.

The change certainly didn’t slow Davison down, with the No.17 driver scoring two pole positions, including setting the fastest ever Supercars lap around Hidden Valley.

De Pasquale played down the temporary change to his schedule for the July 8-10 street event.

“Everyone involved in the team is somehow involved at all levels,” he told Speedcafe.com.

“Will had Mark at the weekend and he’s done a really good job and most of last year and even this year Mark’s been to every race anyway and he’s obviously been designing for a really long time so everyone works well together.

“Obviously it will be different without Ludo because I worked with him all the time but they will work together in the preparation and everything.

“It’s good for Ludo to go home and see his family again. It’s kind of the best break to do it, because it’s been many years though, so yes, we can make it work.

De Pasquale is second in the championship after six rounds, with his deficit to leader Shane van Gisbergen now down to 214 points.

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