DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye banked a solid points finish in 13th to open Team 18’s account at the OTR SuperSprint, as IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom finished 25th despite a power steering failure.
The day started strong for Winterbottom as he topped the opening practice session of the weekend and remained competitive in Practice 2. However the day turned sour in the second part of knockout qualifying, as Winterbottom failed to set a lap with a power steering failure.
The IRWIN Racing crew managed to get the car out for Race 9, as Winterbottom started the race with a significantly larger steering wheel to counteract the lack of power steering.
Winterbottom took the chequered flag in 25th and scored 20 championship points that could prove to be crucial in the business end of the season.
Pye started 12th for Race 9, with the DEWALT Racing team opting to start on wets alongside a large majority of the field.
Pye made his compulsory pit stop when the window opened on Lap 5 and emerged in 15th. He gained a spot late in the race with cars running off the circuit and took the chequered flag in 14th before he was promoted to 13th following a post-race time penalty incurred by another competitor.
The DEWALT Racing and IRWIN Racing Commodores will return to the track tomorrow morning for back-to-back qualifying at 9:10am before two 24-lap races in the afternoon.
Race 10 of the Repco Supercars Championship will kick off at 12:30pm local time, with the third and final race of the OTR SuperSprint starting at 3:40pm.
Viewers can catch the action live on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo Sports.
Scott Pye, Driver – #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“All-in-all it wasn’t a great day and it was frustrating out there as well because I thought we would have more pace as the track dried,” said Scott Pye.
“Strategy was interesting, we were tossing up whether to start on slicks or not. The track was wet but it was drying pretty quick and we saw that through practice.
“We decided to go with the wets. just being in the mid-pack we knew that would keep is out of trouble and with cars passing it would be difficult to stay on the dry line.
“We knew tyre temp was going to be an issue. We started on wets, went to slicks on Lap 5 but it didn’t work out today.
“We have two more opportunities, two more qualifying and two 24 lap races tomorrow so plenty of opportunity to improve.”