After Team 18’s best weekend yet in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye heads to North Queensland and the streets of Townsville for the NTI Townsville SuperSprint, arriving fresh and ready to continue his strong progress this weekend.
Following a disrupted start to the season, Pye bounced back with two podiums in Darwin and climbed three positions in the championship standings to 14th.
The DEWALT Racing star commented throughout the week of the recent gains made as a team and his engineering group, and is looking to continue his run of form to push closer towards the top ten in the standings.
The Supercars will contest a similar format to the last four weekends in their return to racing, with three 39-lap races across the weekend instead of the usual two 70-lap races held in Townsville in the past.
The 2.86km Townsville street circuit is a tougher circuit on tyres than Hidden Valley, and Pye feels the optimum race strategy will be far more straightforward than what emerged in Darwin.
This weekend’s Townsville SuperSprint will see teams again receive five sets of soft tyres for qualifying and the three 39-lap races.
A change to Saturday’s qualifying format for Race 19 will see the two-part knockout system followed by the return of a Top Ten Shootout, instead of the Top 15 Shootout used in Sydney and Darwin. The grids for Race 20 and 21 will still be decided by twin ten-minute qualifying sessions held on Sunday morning.
Track action begins on Saturday with Practice 1 at 10:00am local time, before Race 19 of the championship at 3:40pm. Races 20 and 21 on Sunday will start at 1:05pm and 3:40pm respectively.
This weekend’s action can be viewed both days live on Network 10 from 11:00am, with all sessions simulcast live on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo Sports.
Scott Pye, driver #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“We’ve had a few days to get across from the Northern Territory into Queensland and the team has arrived and feeling fresh ahead of the weekend,” said Scott Pye.
“We had a great couple of rounds in Darwin with some breakthrough results and as a team we have made plenty of headway on the cars.
“With a soft-tyre only weekend I think the racing is going to be more straightforward with strategy, but it’s going to be extremely difficult to get the strategy right given there is so much more tyre degradation here than Hidden Valley.
“The tyre wear is really high here so there could be potential for someone to get it right in the first race and uncover the best way to go for everyone in the next two races.
“We have prepared as best we can, we have walked the track and briefed together as a team, the crew have been working hard all week to put our best foot forward in Townsville.”