Scott Pye fights hard for Top 10 position in Townsville 500 final
Wilson Security Racing pilot Scott Pye has driven what he described ‘as 88 qualifying laps’ to bring the #16 DJR Falcon home in eighth place in the 250km final of the Castrol Townsville 500.
Starting in P17, Pye was one of only a handful of drivers to elect to run a long first stint cutting the race into 3 chapters. Many drivers, including teammate David Wall, decided to dive to the pits on Lap 1 when a Safety Car was deployed to clear a first corner accident.
Whilst playing a risky strategy, the late race stop for Pye saw the DJR crew do a superb job allowing him to jump McLaughlin and Davison. The final 20 laps saw Pye running as high as seventh, but a fresher tyred Chaz Mostert passed him with eight laps remaining. He did however gap the remainder of the Top Ten runners to cross the line in a strong 8th place.
David Wall’s #17 PAYCE Falcon was having a tough day and appeared to be struggling for car pace from the start. Wall ran as high as P10 but in the long stints the tyre life was worse than expected and the Sydney based driver had to settle for P20.
The result today has catapulted Pye up the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship points table and he now sits in 15th place.
The next round of the V8 Supercars championship takes place at DJR’s home’ track at Queensland Raceway in early August.
#16 – Scott Pye – Wilson Security Racing – FG Falcon
“It was a risky call not pitting early but it has turned out really well. It was a bloody tough race, it was a race where you had to do 88 qualy laps as we didn’t have to conserve fuel or tyres so the guys just told me drive flat out.
“It was a joy! It is nice to be given a race car that handles well and you can just go at it lap after lap.
The pit stops were awesome and the boys deserve a lot of credit for getting me clear of McLaughlin and Davison. All in all we passed a lot of cars so qualifying better will help for sure!”
#17 – David Wall – Wilson Security Racing – FG Falcon
“We stayed out of trouble without any dramas but we just did not have any car pace today. We toughed it out in qualifying again and the car really did not feel much better in the race. Yesterday the car balance came back late in the race but today for some reason it did not.
“We pitted on Lap 1 and maybe we punished the tyres a little too much on 40 lap runs, but it is hard to judge if the car would have been any better on a different strategy.”