Top 10 for DJR’s Scott Pye Saturday at Plus Fitness Phillip Island 400
The V8 Supercars Championship returned to the Super Sprint format today at Phillip Island with back to back 100km races.
Qualifying for the first race resulted in Scott Pye starting just outside the Top 10 in P12 and David Wall two rows back in P15. The Wilson Security Falcon of Pye was up a spot on Lap 1 and broke into the Top 10 on Lap 6. For 22 of the 23 laps Scott was staring at the rear of Todd Kelly’s Nissan but try as he might he could not get past. The high speed nature of the track coupled with the closeness of the cars meant it was a high speed freight train for Scott but a good drive resulted in a P9 finish.
David Wall was also away well in Race 1, but a bunched up field at Honda Corner pushed the Wilson Security Falcon wide shuffling him back to P 22 at the end of the first lap. David has his work cut out, but moved up steadily to be back to P18 at the flag.
Qualifying for both DJR Falcons for the second 100km race was tough with Scott back in P16 and David on a ‘one run’ strategy not paying dividends with a P23 start. The race was not without incident as many cars overcooked the fast Turn 1 and the dive down into MG Corner. After being run wide in the opening lap by Perkins, Pye found himself in a race long battle with Van Gisbergen, Bright and Coulthard. Pye passed and was re passed by Van Gisbergen in an entertaining battle that finally netted the #16 Falcon a 15th place finish.
Wall was also embroiled in battles with the Volvo of Dahlgren, Holdsworth and Perkins before moving up to finish 20th. Once again the race pace of both Falcons came into play and both drivers are looking forward to the longer 200km race on Sunday.
Scott Pye – Wilson Security Racing Falcon #16
“I had a great dice with Shane in the second race; we were passing each other on a number of laps. He actually let me go, but I got a bit wide and he was back in front. It is so hard to pass on some of the high speed sections here as the car in front creates so much dirty air.
“A 9th in the first race was good and we had the car speed to be inside the Top 10. In the second race we got back up to P15 after being caught out wide on Lap 1. We need to focus on a few areas but we did improve the car for the second race.”
David Wall - Wilson Security Racing Falcon #17
“Our car comes on well mid race so you have to bide your time a bit at the beginning where others seem faster. My car was very much the same on the last lap as it was on the first, so it does point well for the longer race tomorrow.
“We made a call for a one run qualifying for the second race and it did cost us as I ran a bit wide into Honda and that was the lap. If we start further up I feel we have a car that we can push on with really well.”