Scott Pye charges through the field at the Plus Fitness Phillip Island 400
Scott Pye continued his strong run at Phillip Island today overcoming a tough qualifying to finish in a hard fought P11.
Pye was on the move from the beginning of the race and with good pit stop strategy and great car speed, was able to pick off nearly half the field in the 45 lap race.
Team mate David Wall was not as fortunate as a power steering problem in his Wilson Security backed Falcon forced him off at high speed at the final corner. David got the car under control and kept if off the fence, but his race was run.
As has been the case in so many of the Sunday 200km races in 2014, the #16 Wilson Security DJR Falcon delivered very good race pace over the journey resulting in a huge battle with Craig Lowndes and Rick Kelly in the middle stages.
An early Safety Car split the Pit Stop strategy, with Pye electing to stay out and pit on Lap 9 then again when the Safety Car was sent out after the David Wall incident. A congested Pit Lane caught many out, but Pye had already made great progress and he resumed in P16.
Fuelled to the finish, Pye then set about moving up the field making his final move on James Courtney to grab P11 on Lap 42. Scott’s performance over the weekend has moved him back into the Top 15 in the 2104 V8 Supercars Championship.
The final round of the Championship will be the Sydney NRMA 500 on December 5 – 7.
Scott Pye – Wilson Security Racing Falcon #16
“It is a solid comeback from 23rd to 11th, but is frustrating starting so far back to have to work through the field. Our race pace always seems to be strong, and the car is very good when you have to commit to overtaking other guys.
“The car’s pace really put us in a good position. The team did a fantastic job and the car was mega which allowed me push on really well.”
David Wall - Wilson Security Racing Falcon #17
“I think we could have had a reasonable run today. We started with Scott and he has got up to 11th place. We suffered a power steering failure today and luckily enough the gravel trap did its job and we only lightly touched the barrier. The boys did everything they could to try and fix it but we could not get back out.”