Round 4 of the Cash Converters Supercars ESeries was held last night, and it was a challenging encounter for both IRWIN Racing’s Cooper Webster in the Pro ESeries and DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye in the All Stars.
Pye had a tough night at Monza. Starting 18th, he found trouble on a chaotic opening lap, before pitting early on Lap 3 to escape the traffic.
He was caught up in another incident later in the race which required a second stop for damage, and took the chequered flag in 21st position.
In the Pro ESeries, Webster started 14th at Phillip Island and passed three cars off the line before he was caught up in an incident at the Turn 4 hairpin and lost his rear wing.
Webster pitted when the window opened on Lap 3 with damage, as he made gains with clean air to move into the top ten.
Webster hung on as his tyres degraded in the closing stages to finish eighth on-track. However, he was handed a five-second post-race penalty for momentarily using second gear in the pit lane, which dropped him down to 14th position.
Webster sits ninth in the Pro ESeries after four rounds, while Pye is 13th in the All Stars standings.
The intensity rises next week when Webster and Pye will team up for an endurance race at Mount Panorama for the penultimate round of the Cash Converters Supercars ESeries on Wednesday, September 22.
RESULTS AND QUOTES
Scott Pye, All Stars ESeries driver – #20 DEWALT Racing Holden Commodore
Qualifying: 18th, Race 4: 21st
“It was a tough night at Monza, the pace at the front was incredibly strong,” said Pye.
“The rules had us confused with people getting black flags cleared when we didn’t know you were allowed to do that, but we effectively gave ourselves a drive-through penalty with a build-up of incident points which put us out of contention early, and then we just battled home to the chequered flag.”
“Still, we’re having fun with the ESeries and the fans are loving the action every Wednesday night and the coverage has been great.”
“I think Bathurst next week will be fun when we team up with our pro-driver Cooper Webster. Monza was pretty tricky because of the big braking zones, but with Bathurst it’s a more of a flowing circuit so I think there will be some good racing there, so I’m looking forward to seeing how we go in the endurance race.”
Cooper Webster, Pro ESeries driver – #18 IRWIN Racing Holden Commodore
Qualifying: 14th, Race 4: 14th (after +5 sec penalty)
“In qualifying I made a mistake on my first lap and got an off-track penalty towards the end of the lap which hurt the momentum for the start of the second lap,” said Webster.
“Later on one of the drivers who was leading a draft train stopped in the middle of the track while we were coming through, so that kind of messed up our run later in the session, so a couple of things didn’t go our way which compiled to our starting position.”
“I got a good start and passed three cars down into Turn 1, but then it all went downhill at the Turn 4 hairpin.
“I was hit from behind and lost my rear wing, and then got pushed into the car in front, so it was a bit of a mess down there.
“I did one lap with damage and we lost too much time, so we pitted as early as we could and moved forwards in clean air.
“We passed a few cars during the pit stop cycle, but I was just waiting for the tyres to drop off and I had to defend pretty hard in the last laps which wasn’t the original plan, but I hung on pretty well and only one car got past before the chequered flag.
“We were happy to hang on considering what happened at the start, but if we had a better qualifying run, we could have potentially avoided the mess on the first lap.
“We’ve been fairly consistent in our results so far, but I’m looking forward to teaming up with Scott Pye for the Bathurst enduro next week and hope we’ll come on late in the season.”