Solid Points Haul for WSR Duo on Sunday
WSR drivers Scott Pye and David Wall had every reason to look forward to the longer 200km final race at the Tyrepower Tasmania 400 today after great results on Saturday and a solid Qualifying performance on Sunday morning.
Wall in particular continued his strong run with a P8 qualifying while teammate Pye recorded a P14 result. Wall was the fastest Falcon in the session. With both cars lining up inside the first 15 cars, race strategy and traffic would play a major role in the day’s results.
As the race begun, Wall settled quickly into 7th position and was aiming at a strategy of dividing the 84 race into three fairly long runs. Pye on the other hand took the opposing strategy of pitting on Lap 1, looking for a clear track and running long.
Both strategies gave the DJR pair their fair share of problems. David Wall was pushing the #17 WSR / PAYCE Falcon along well but was at first sitting behind his team mate for many laps, then had Percat and Reynolds either side of him later in the race. Although his race pace was good, Wall was losing time to those running in the Top 10.
Scott Pye too had a very good car over the longer stints but a number of laps behind the Nissan of Rick Kelly after his early stop was ground he simply could not recover. The Wilson Security Fords crossed the line mid field with Wall in P13 and Pye in P16. Both drivers felt the team had made good progress over the weekend and now head to Winton for the next round of the Championship.
#16 – Scott Pye - Wilson Security Racing / DJR Falcon FG
“I think the stops did not really go our way. We got stuck behind Rick Kelly early on in the first stint and to be honest I think that ruined our race plan. I could not get past him and it cost a lot of time. It is a bit disappointing as we should have finished higher with the car speed we had. I was a bit conservative in Qualifying and started further back than I wanted. We had good long race pace but our outright speed just wasn’t that flash.”
#17 – David Wall – Wilson Security Racing / DJR Falcon FG
“Our strategy was good and the car once again was very good over the longer runs. But traffic here is a big issue and I just got stuck in groups of cars after both stops and just could not get the gain we needed. I was pleased with our Qualifying performance and to be the fastest Falcon was a good result for all our boys. With the pace we had I reckon we should have finished higher, maybe at the bottom of the Top 10, but we head to Winton with a straight car and more points in the Championship”