Round 5 of the Cash Converters Supercars ESeries was held last night, and it was a tough race for DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye and pro-gamer Cooper Webster in the enduro at Bathurst.
Webster, who is driving for IRWIN Racing in the Supercars Pro ESeries, joined All Star driver Pye in the DEWALT Commodore for a combined Pro/All Star 20-lap enduro.
Qualifying saw the pros take the wheel, and it was a session full of incidents and jostling as competitors fought to position themselves to slipstream the car in front for a lap-time advantage.
Pye and Webster would start 15th for the race, only half-a-second away from the fastest qualifier.
Pye took the wheel for the start and got off to a clean launch, before he came unstuck early in the race with a crash at McPhillamy Park on Lap 5. He immediately pitted for repairs which put the team a lap down on the leaders.
Pye returned to the track to complete his minimum co-driver laps before handing over to Webster, who put in some strong lap-times during his final stint.
Webster got back on the lead lap under safety car before the field took away on the restart while he was still catching up to the pack. Despite their challenges, Pye and Webster finished the race in 20th position.
With one round remaining, Webster sits tenth in the Pro ESeries on 366 points, with Pye placing 15th in the All Stars standings on 324 points.
The final round of the Cash Converters Supercars ESeries will take place at Watkins Glen and the Hungaroring for the All Stars and Pro ESeries respectively on Wednesday, September 29.
Stay tuned for an announcement of a bonus wildcard driver to join the All Stars field with Team 18 for the final round.
RESULTS AND QUOTES
Pye/Webster, Qualifying: 15th, Race 5: 20th
Scott Pye, All Stars ESeries driver – #20 DEWALT Racing Holden Commodore
“Qualifying didn’t quite go to plan for Cooper. He just never got lucky with a tow which is disappointing as the field spread was so close that it came down to getting the perfect lap in and getting a tow, so it was just a couple of tenths of a second that kept us out of the top ten for the start,” said Pye.
“I started the race and everything was going fairly well, I moved up one spot before I dropped a wheel coming out of McPhillamy Park on Lap 5 and spun across the track, collected the wall and another car in the process.
“Unfortunately our hard work was undone with my mistake there, but we got back on the lead lap but finished down in P20.
“A disappointing finish and I feel for Cooper as that affects his championship as well, but all-in-all we were going fairly well until the point. It’s easy to make a mistake and pay a huge price around Bathurst, which is why it has the reputation it does as one of the greatest tracks in the world in real life.”
Cooper Webster, Pro ESeries driver – #18 IRWIN Racing Holden Commodore
“I had really strong pace in practice but just didn’t get the perfect lap together in Qualifying,” said Webster.
“My first lap was pretty average but I was eighth fastest with a tow, then I was on for a much quicker lap on our next time around but a slow car was on the racing line and I hit the wall trying to avoid them, and on our next attempt I was cleaned up by a car on the out lap.
“For our final lap, I got a bit of a tow on the last lap but didn’t optimise our tyre life for that lap as we had to rush around and burn up the tyres to make sure I started the lap before the chequered flag for the session, so it didn’t really go to plan for us.
“Scott was going really good at the start and passed a few cars, so it was unfortunate to see him crash out, but it’s so easy to do so it wasn’t a big deal.
“We were a lap down and I just ran around on my own until the end of the race, but our pace was as quick as the leaders, so that’s a positive to take away from our race at Bathurst.”