DJR Commits to Young Gun Strategy with Signing of Pye
Dick Johnson Racing has been quick off the mark cementing a full suite of plans for 2014 well before the end of the current season.
In stark contrast to last year, the team has ensured a raft of key decisions have been finalised allowing a 100% focus on the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship. Hot on the heels of securing a second REC, the team has announced that it has signed Scott Pye to take over from the FPR bound Chaz Mostert. The signing of Pye continues the 2013 strategy of building the team around some of the finest young talent in Australia.
Scott Pye has an impressive CV for a 23 year old. He claimed the 2010 British Formula Ford Championship with 14 race wins and stepped up to the cut-throat British Formula 3 Championship a year later. He finished 10th overall in the points with a race win at Rockingham the major highlight, joining the likes of Mark Webber and Will Davison as Australian drivers to score a race win in the category.
Returning to Australia and under the watchful eye of Triple Eight Race Engineering boss Roland Dane, Pye tackled the 2012 Dunlop Series for V8 Supercars clinching a breakthrough round win in the final round at Sydney Olympic Park and finishing runner-up to Scott McLaughlin in the overall point score.
Scott was last year’s Mike Kable Young Gun Award winner for the best first year driver in the Dunlop Series, and moved to the main series in 2013 with LDM. A character building year has ensued but with a two year contract with DJR now signed, Pye is looking forward to driving for the iconic Queensland based team.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity. To drive for Dick Johnson Racing is really quite amazing. I have watched how Chaz and Tim have brought the team on and for Dick to be supporting younger guys once again in his cars is really a great thing for V8 Supercars.” Scott commented. “I know this team has a very powerful and loyal fan base so I am really looking forward to continuing the march up the grid for DJR and hopefully rewarding them.” Pye added.
For Dick Johnson it is another step to achieve his goal of long term success for the team. “The young guys are the future for DJR and the sport. Scott is a good get for us. He is young, but already I can see why Roland has backed him. He has a very good attitude and I was impressed immediately by the questions he asked about the team and the differences in cars. He is the real deal” Dick commented.
Pye will race at this weekend’s season finale at Sydney Olympic Park, whilst DJR will focus on continuing its strong run of results at recent rounds.