WSR unlucky not to grab two Top 10 results in Clipsal 500 opener.
The 2014 V8 Supercars Championship burst into life today at the Clipsal 500 and DJR served notice that it was back in contention for some great results.
With Wilson Security Racing’s Scott Pye starting both races from inside the Top 10, the DJR crew were confident that their new recruit could deliver a strong result.
And he did not let the team or the large contingent of DJR fans down. Pye produced a storming drive and aided by lightning Pit Stops bought the #16 WSR Falcon home in P10 in Race 1. A significant fact was that he had split the two HRT Commodores of Courtney and Tander.
It was not only Pye delivering the results as team mate David Wall found a morning set up to his liking and climbed six places to score a 14th place in his first race for DJR. Wall’s performance was very pleasing after a Qualifying session on Friday had not seen the car handling to his liking.
The second race was held in the twilight and for Pye, it was a race of disappointment. From a P9 grid position, Scott was running in P5 for seven laps after his Pit Stop before Shane Van Gisbergen dive bombed him at the Turn 9 Hairpin and spinning the Falcon back to second last position. Van Gisbergen received a Pit Lane drive through penalty, but Scott's race was ruined.
David Wall was again making good progress running the bulk of the race in the Top 15 until a failed drive shaft on the final laps saw the Wilson Security / Payce Falcon stop and deliver a DNF.
The team has shown great progress and have two very competitive cars for the full 250km final on Sunday.
#16 – Scott Pye - Wilson Security Racing / DJR Falcon FG
“I am gutted to be P20. I think we were sitting P5 when I got turned around. Shane (Van Gisbergen) was keen to get past and the lap before he was on my bumper out of the hairpin. He made a mistake but you can’t give in to that and let these guys past. We had a fantastic car today and the car was holding its tyres really well. We could have finished 5th or 6th.
In the first race we were right between the two HRT cars. Garth had used up all his tyres at the end but I had tried to look after mine and it paid off. So a top 10 first time out was a good result. Everything is working well, and I am really happy with my new team.”
#17 – David Wall – Wilson Security Racing / DJR Falcon FG
“Practice this morning showed the cars potential and we had a good run up to P14 in the first race. The car was great in traffic and I was able to move up six spots. The second race started in a similar way and I was able to move up a number of spots again and ran in a long line of cars. A big battle with Ingall & Reynolds got another spot, but towards the end I was having drive problems. It was some sort of mechanical gremlin; either a drive shaft or input shaft, then I lost drive all together on the last lap. I am confident if we can get a good qualifying run then we can run in the Top 15 tomorrow.”