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Team 18 drivers Scott Pye and Mark Winterbottom completed over 700 kilometres in valuable testing laps in a successful first hit out for the year at the official pre-season test at Winton Motor Raceway today.

Pye finished the day fourth fastest in the DEWALT Racing Commodore, completing 78 laps of the regional Victorian circuit.

Pye’s recently announced endurance co-driver James Golding also completed a solid amount of laps as he returned to the Team 18 stable following a strong performance at the season-ending Bathurst 1000 last year.

The fastest times of the day were all set in the opening stints of the day, before the temperature rose dramatically with overall grip levels reduced as a result, providing an additional challenge for the Team 18 engineering group under new recruit Richard Hollway.

Attention now turns to next week’s opening round of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship at the Mount Panorama 500, with practice kicking off next Friday.

All the action from the Mount Panorama 500 can be viewed live on the Seven Network, Fox Sports and Kayo.

QUOTES

Scott Pye, Primary Driver – #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore

“It’s been a really productive day, we completed well over 100 laps and we improved the #20 DEWALT car steadily throughout our stints.

“It was awesome to get Jimmy [Golding] in the car and get him comfortable, he pumped out a lot of laps and was well on the pace.

“We feel our pace is quite strong however it is only a test day so it’s hard to gauge what anyone really has until we enter qualifying at Bathurst next week.”

James Golding, Co-driver – #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore

“The DEWALT Racing Commodore felt really good out on track today,” said Golding.

“We had a few little things to check with my seating position but after a few small adjustments early on I felt really comfortable in the car already.

“We had a few testing items to work through and overall it was a strong day for the team, I can’t wait to get back in this car.

“This team has come a long way in a short time since their expansion to two cars, everyone is gelling so well and it makes like easier to get the job done when it counts out on track.”