DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye scored a strong sixth in Race 21 to complete a strong weekend inside the top ten at the NTI Townsville SuperSprint.
Pye continued his run of strong finishes from Darwin to climb into the top ten from 15th or below in all three races in Townsville, completing a total of 25 passes across the weekend.
The DEWALT Commodore climbed up the field with a late move on Shane Van Gisbergen at the Turn 11 hairpin on Lap 2, and quickly chased down Fullwood, Le Brocq, Courtney and Mostert before stopping on Lap 24. Pye continued to make inroads after his stop and passed both Reynolds and Pasquale to finish a commendable sixth.
Starting 19th in Sunday’s earlier race, Pye pressed on to Lap 26 when he stopped from the lead of the race. He emerged in 16th and used his late grip advantage to charge back through to ninth.
Following the first weekend of the Townsville double-header, Pye climbed one place to 13th in the drivers standings as Team 18 fell one spot in a tight battle for sixth in the teams championship.
The DEWALT Racing Commodore and crew will remain in Townsville for next week’s Robson Civil Projects Townsville SuperSprint on September 5-6.
Following Sunday’s racing, Supercars confirmed that The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia will host a double-header in September, before the season finale of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will take place at the Bathurst 1000 on October 18.
Scott Pye, #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“Our race pace was amazing today,” said Scott Pye.
“With the car we had in the races I wish it could have gone the full 70 laps which we usually run up here.
“We made up 19 places in the races today and 25 passes across the three races this weekend.
“It highlights our weakness at the moment which is qualifying.
“We will spend more time this week to tune the car up. I mean, similar to Darwin where we had great pace at Darwin 1 and were able to improve qualifying and snag a couple of trophies at Darwin 2.
“Our aim for this week is to spend some time to analyse our qualifying performance, work out what we can do better and find some more one-lap speed.”