Another Top 15 for Scott Pye at the ITM 500 in New Zealand
The final leg of the ITM 500 at Pukekhoe witnessed another fine performance from Scott Pye aboard the Wilson Security Racing / DJR #16 Falcon.
The sole runner for the iconic Queensland team after David Wall was eliminated in a crash on Friday, Pye continued to show great race pace making many spots during his run to P13 in the 200km race.
The morning Qualifying session did not deliver the result Scott was looking for and he lined up in P20 with a lot of work to do. The team were confident that with a good strategy for pit stops and the race pace Pye had shown over the weekend that he would move up the order.
The cars gridded up but had to abandon the start when Tim Slade stalled on the grid. With the race reduced to 69 laps. Pye put in a storming first lap to be up six spots up to P14, only to lose a spot on the next lap to Jason Bright. He continued to make ground pulling off a thrilling pass on Coulthard down the inside of the main straight on Lap 11. With varying Pit Stop strategies coming into play the field was somewhat out of sync, but Pye was making good progress in the Wilson Security / PAYCE Ford. One of the last to make his first stop, Pye pitted on Lap 20. A good stop from the DJR boys sent him back for the middle stint but he rejoined behind the Brad Jones Racing cars of Bright and Coulthard and set about doing it all again!
The race was really only going to pan out once all the cars had made their final stops, Pye taking his on Lap 42. Scott hustled the Falcon back into the pack passing firstly Holdsworth then ranging up on the back of the duelling HRT Commodore's of Courtney and Tander. A great move by Scott on Courtney at the hairpin secured 13th place for Pye and he ran to the flag sitting between the two works Holden’s.
Scott has now moved into P19 in the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship as the teams head back to Australia to get ready for Perth in mid May. David Wall’s #17 Falcon will be assessed once the team returns to the DJR Headquarters in Queensland next week.
#16 – Scott Pye - Wilson Security Racing / DJR Falcon FG
“Qualifying is something we still really need to work on. Our one lap pace is just not that good but our race pace is phenomenal. Towards the end we had one of the fastest cars on the track. I could use the pace the car had in the race to move right up on other cars and make the pass. It is great having both the speed and confidence with the car to really go in deep to make up those positions. To move up from P20 to P13 is again a solid result. We have a straight and fast car so there are plenty of good things to work with as we head to Perth.”