Drama for Wilson Security Racing on the streets of Homebush
The Wilson Security Racing Falcons of Scott Pye and David Wall endured a day packed with drama at the Sydney NRMA 500 today.
Pye was looking to carry his great Friday form into Qualifying but with Marcos Ambrose and Craig Lowndes stranded on track a Red flag was called catching Pye out for Race 1. David Wall however was the big mover having set his quick lap before the Red Flag and would line up in P5.
The start of Race 1 saw Wall hold his up front position whilst Pye was on the move and into the Top 20 within two laps. The #16 DJR Falcon was really starting to pick off the traffic and pitted from P16 on Lap 5. He was back in the Top 15 on Lap 15, but a questionable move by Todd Kelly to renter the track from a spin saw the Nissan slam into the side of Pye’s car putting him out of the race.
Wall meantime was holding station well and battling for a strong finish in the Top 10. He crossed the line in P7 after a big battle with Van Gisbergen and Coulthard.
Race 2 was all about the weather. With storms and heavy rain imminent it was somewhat of a lottery as to the final results. Pye was hovering around the bottom of the Top 10, breaking into 9th place on Lap 17, a place he would keep until the finish. David Wall rolled the dice on slick tyres as the rain came down and got caught out; the Wilson Security PAYCE Falcon undriveable on the soaking surface. He spun and damaged the Falcon and stopped on the track.
A red flag was called and despite a few further laps behind a Safety Car, the field was unchanged with Pye in P9 and Wall not classified as a finisher.
Scott Pye – Wilson Security Racing Falcon #16
“I can’t reflect on today for too long as it is one I have to put behind me. I really don’t know what Todd (Kelly) was thinking. From where I sat, I reckon he could have seen straight down the pit straight and clearly seen us coming. Really disappointed. We had to work really hard to get it back out there and the guys did do a fantastic job. Todd should have been here on the spanners helping us!
“We were fast again in the second race battling for a Top 10, but there is not much you can do when the weather rolls in like that.”
David Wall - Wilson Security Racing Falcon #17
“I got caught out there in the last race. It was my call to stay out for one more lap as we were making headway and Davison and I were catching the group in front. It was damp at T2, and dry at T8 & 9. As soon as I got half way down the Pit Straight it was torrential and it just aquaplaned. I went off a couple of times and just parked it. The boys have got some work they should not have had.
“Our first race was good, as we did qualify well as we got the lap in early and held station well inside the Top 10.”