DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye is looking forward to racing on the shortened West layout of The Bend Motorsport Park this weekend, as he prepares for the penultimate event of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at the OTR Supersprint.
Pye had a positive event in the DEWALT ‘Engineered by Powers’ Commodore last week at the Repco SuperSprint, nabbing results of seventh, 13th and sixth in the three races, after starting 17th, 20th and ninth respectively.
The Team 18 engineers have continued their efforts to improve the qualifying setup, with Pye looking for better performance in his one-lap qualifying runs to start further up the field.
The ‘West’ layout shortcuts the ‘International’ layout at the Turn 6 hairpin, instead changing to a sharp right-hand hairpin to rejoin at what was Turn 14 at the pair of left-hand corners in the circuit infield.
In doing so, it avoids the long right-hand sweeper at Turns 7-8-9-10 and some of the fast-and-flowing corners that resulted in severe tyre blistering during the first weekend of racing.
Teams will again be allocated five sets of soft tyres for qualifying and the three 32-lap races, with a minimum of two tyres to be changed in the single compulsory pit stop.
The Charlie Schwerkolt-owned squad currently sit seventh in a tight battle in the teams championship, while Pye sits 10th in the drivers standings with two events remaining.
Track action begins on Saturday with Practice 1 at 9:35 am ACST (+30 minutes for NSW, VIC and QLD), before Race 28 of the championship at 3:40pm. Races 29 and 30 on Sunday will start at 11:50pm and 2:20pm respectively.
This weekend’s action can be viewed both days live on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo Sports from 9:30am CST, with highlights on 10 Bold at 9:50pm CST each night.
Scott Pye, #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“With the different circuit there are some unknowns, but we feel this will suit our car a bit more than the longer circuit,” said Pye.
“I’m feeling optimistic ahead of the weekend and am looking forward to getting back on track.
“It’s been a pretty average week weather-wise, it’s been cold and raining most of the week and we saw in our wet practice session last week how tricky it was in the wet.
“It will really mix things up if the rain sticks around for Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s been a crazy year and one of the most enjoyable out of all the championships I’ve done in Supercars.
“It’s been a good opportunity to get to know the mechanics and engineers on a level that wasn’t possible before with the time we have spent together on the road.”