Wall flies the flag for WSR at Sydney Motorsport Park 400.
The 200km leg of the Sydney Motorsport 400 was a roller coaster race for Wilson Security Racing.
An improved qualifying performance for both Scott Pye and David Wall and clear skies over the Eastern Creek venue had the team very optimistic of cementing good results for both cars.
The start saw the normal push and shove thorough Turns 1 and 2 but it all went horribly wrong for Scott Pye at Turn 3. A poorly judged move by FPR’s Mark Winterbottom unsettled stable mate David Reynolds who in turn went spearing into Scott. The DJR driver was a passenger as the Falcon took off across the wet grass and slammed head on into the concrete retaining wall. The car was badly damaged and out of the race on the spot.
Pye emerged and was taken to the Medical Centre. The safety of the new generation cars was once again shown as Scott was very sore and bruised but largely unscathed.
The full field pitted as the Safety Car was called to retrieve Pye’s car. Wall’s DJR crew got him in and out of the pits smoothly and into P14. His second stint was very solid as he chased down Caruso and defended well from Holdsworth’s AMG Mercedes. His second pit spot came on Lap 28 rejoining in P17. A final stint would be an enthralling battle with Davison, Rick Kelly, Tander and Wall all running lap after lap in a high speed freight train.
Wall continued to push on and was in the perfect position when Rick Kelly and Tander tangled on the final lap. He was able to scramble past and bring the Wilson Security / PAYCE Falcon home in P12. Wall has now moved into the Top 20 in the V8 Supercars Championship chase. The weekend to forget for Pye has seen him tumble from 13th to 18th. The next round is the first of the Endurance Series, the Wilson Security Sandown 500 in three weeks time.
Scott Pye – #16 Wilson Security Racing – FG Falcon
“It was pretty obvious what happened on Lap 1. I was on the outside of Dave Reynolds when Frosty just banged into him. Reynolds hit my right front wheel and sent me straight off on the wet grass and hard into the wall.
“It is a shunt that the DJR boys really did not need. They have another big job now to rebuild the Wilson Security Falcon. I am pretty sore and guess I will be for a few days. The belts really dug in and have taken a fair bit of skin off, but I am OK.
“We have to now just focus on getting everything set for Sandown.”
David Wall - #17 Wilson Security Racing – FG Falcon
“Once again, a bit dirty on myself in Qualifying after making a small mistake in Turn 1. It probably put us back a few spots but the car did feel a lot better than Saturday.
“I had a good start and made up some places in the run down to Turn 2. I avoided the melee that took out Scott and was pretty lucky to see the gap on the inside and drive away. Like everyone else we dived into the pits that lap, and after that it was a pretty straight forward race. The Dunlop ‘softs’ were great on the car. The tyre life was good and I focused on trying to make them last till the end of the race. I was pretty happy to finish in P12.
“I am now really looking forward to teaming up with Stevie J in the enduros.”