The 2021 Repco Supercars Championship is now on its home stretch after the final race of the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight was declared a non-event due to inclement weather.
Earlier in the day, DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye and IRWIN Racing’s Mark WInterbottom qualified 15th and 18th respectively in tricky conditions.
The weather continued to deteriorate throughout the day by the time the Supercars rolled out to the grid before the scheduled 3:20pm start time.
Ten minutes later, the field rolled off the grid behind the safety car to assess the track conditions.
After circulating for five laps, the race was suspended as the full field rolled into pit lane before it was officially declared a non-event at 4:25pm local time with no points awarded.
Following the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight, WInterbottom maintained ninth position (on 1611 points) in the Drivers Championship, while Pye climbed two positions to 11th place (1489 points). In the teams championship, Team 18 maintained seventh place (on 3075 points) with one round remaining.
After 25 days on the road, the team will head back to their Mount Waverley base tomorrow to prepare for the final round of the championship at the Bathurst 1000 on November 30-December 5.
RESULTS + QUOTES
Scott Pye, driver – #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore
Qualifying (Race 30): 15th (1:46.4434)
Race 30: No result
“We’ve finally finished our four events on the road at Sydney Motorsport Park
“They had to cancel the last race here in Sunday, but nonetheless it’s been a crazy four weeks that I’ve enjoyed thoroughly.
“The boys have done an amazing job to give us a car that was as quick as it was by the end.
“We finished ninth in the points for the Sydney Cup, a really solid effort and I’m proud of everyone in the team.
“There was a huge turnaround between events and on the road it’s not easy, we’re doing things that third parties would have to do but everyone lifted and did a great job.
“Disappointed we couldn’t put on a show for everyone on the hill today, but Bathurst is only two weeks away and I cannot wait to go racing again.
Mark Winterbottom, driver – #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore
Qualifying (Race 30): 18th (1:46.5917)
Race 30: No result
“The weather was quite bad, the spray was really bad and I think they made the right call, it’s always a bit controversial in those decisions whether you call it or not.
“The track here is so slippery in some spots and the spray was so bad, so the decision was made to call it off.
“We now look ahead to Bathurst, the car has made it through these events pretty straight and we’ll have a week of work to prepare for the 1000.
“It wasn’t a successful four weeks here but we’ll regroup and get ready for the big one at Bathurst.”
Charlie Schwerkolt, team owner – Team 18
“It was unfortunate that we couldn’t put on a show for the final race here in Sydney, however the right call was made by the organisers in the interests of safety.
“It’s been a long four weeks for the crew but I’m so proud of their efforts, they have worked incredibly hard to improve our cars each weekend and I feel we are in with a great shot when we get to Bathurst.
“We’ll now head back to Mount Waverley and prepare for a huge final to the season at the Bathurst 1000.”