Scott Pye Flies the WSR Flag in NZ
After a punishing day on ANZAC Day that saw David Wall’s DJR Falcon retired for the weekend, the Wilson Security Team bounced back superbly today in the two 100km races. Scott Pye driving the lone DJR Falcon delivered a fighting 11th in the first race and backed it up with an outstanding Top 10 finish in 9th place in the second race.
Qualifying was much better for Pye in both sessions this morning and the #16 Falcon would line up from 14th and 13th respectively. Race 11 saw a great battle with Coulthard, Todd Kelly and Scott off the line. As always at Pukekohe the first laps are very tight but Pye fought well only dropping one spot on the first lap as the Safety Car was called for. After a huge battle ahead of him between Tim Slade and Friday winner Jason Bright, Scott found himself on Bright’s bumper and clawed past him for P12. He then caught and dispensed with Todd Kelly to move to P11. Closing in on Fabian Coulthard, Pye drove hard but could not quite close the gap to the Kiwi. A good result none the less just outside the Top 10.
The team were confident of a good run in the second race as Scott had shown great pace on used tyres to get his P13 qualifying position. Race 12 of the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship almost ended in disaster at the start when Todd Kelly bogged down and Pye had to take to the grass to avoid him. As the race unfolded, Scott had put himself in a good position behind Lowndes, Coulthard and Courtney. A massive battle with Courtney saw Pye on the ragged edge through Turns 10 and 11 to take the place from the HRT driver at around half race distance. He pressed on very well passing Coulthard to move into the Top 10 and then Craig Lowndes four laps later. Pye was happy to be running with the series leaders and was holding his own in the in the leaders group. As the laps ran down, he was on the back of James Moffat but could not quite sneak by before the chequered flag. Position 9 was a fitting reward for Pye and the hard working Wilson Security Racing / DJR crew after the trials of Friday.
The ITM 500 concludes on Sunday with a 200km race.
#16 – Scott Pye - Wilson Security Racing / DJR Falcon FG
“Qualifying started off really well for us; I think we could have been in the 10 in the second race as I did not switch to ‘greens’ before the Red Flag. So I was pretty happy to be P13 after that.
The race pace was mega. In the first race I just got caught up behind Fabian for too long and could not find a way around him. In the second race it was really cool to do some overtaking and have some really good battles. The pass on Courtney was sweet but he gave me the room and we raced very hard over the hill at T11. I made some moves under brakes at the hairpin and the car felt very strong.
To get another Top 10 is an awesome result. The team has worked so hard and with Dave being sidelined it was great to deliver a result that the whole DJR Team can be proud of.”