DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye is set to start his 250th Supercars race when the Repco Supercars Championship takes off for their first race of the year at the Mount Panorama 500 on Saturday.
The Adelaide, South Australia born driver made his first appearance in the main game as a co-driver at the Sandown 500 for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in 2012, the year he finished runner-up in one of the most highly-competitive Super2 Series to date against modern-day rivals Scott McLaughlin, Chaz Mostert and Nick Percat.
The 30-year old has since established himself as a mainstay in the championship, and this year enters his second year with the Charlie Schwerkolt-owned Team 18 outfit.
His first year with the squad finished extremely strongly, with three podiums in Darwin and a top six finish at the Bathurst 1000, culminating in a ninth-place finish in the overall drivers’ championship and assisting Team 18 to it’s best finish in the teams points in sixth.
Pye enters the 2021 championship with an element of continuity in the team, retaining the experienced Phil Keed as his race engineer and Reece Turley as his number one mechanic.
This weekend the Supercars Championship heads to Mount Panorama for the first sprint race at the venue since 1996, however Pye will head to the mountain with a ‘bittersweet’ feeling after the demise of the popular season opener at the Adelaide 500.
Pye and team mate Mark Winterbottom will take on two 250km sprint races across the weekend, with a seperate qualifying session and top ten shootout to set the grid for each race.
All the action from this weekend’s races can be viewed live on the Seven Network, Fox Sports and Kayo Sports, with practice kicking off on Friday.
STATISTICS – Scott Pye’s Supercars Career
- 2012 Dunlop Series Runner-Up (Triple Eight Race Engineering)
- First race: 2012, Race 20, Sandown 500 (Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport)
- First pole position: 2016, Race 1, Adelaide 500 (DJR Team Penske)
- First podium: 2015, Race 32, Pukekohe NZ (DJR Team Penske)
- First win: 2018, Race 5, Albert Park (Walkinshaw Andretti United)
- 2020 stats (Team 18): 3x podiums (Darwin), Championship: 8th, Bathurst 1000: 6th
Scott Pye, driver – #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“It’s been a long journey to this point, so to be about to make my 250th Supercars race start is something I’m very proud of,” said Pye.
“While it’s great to look back at the memories, I’m as pumped as ever for what the future is going to bring and I hope there’s a lot more to come.
“I’m feeling much better than I have for a long time heading into a new season and here at Team 18 I feel that I’ve found the right place to perform at my best.
“It’s something new heading to Bathurst for the first of the event of the year and being South Australian it is bittersweet. I’m certainly going to miss the Adelaide 500, I grew up going to the races there and it’s a track and town that is very close to my heart.
“While I haven’t been too vocal about what’s happened I’m certainly going to miss starting the year off on the streets of Adelaide.
“In all honesty, I think the shift in mentality heading back to Bathurst isn’t as big as people think.
“The enduro race we all know is a pretty intense fight, not as it used to be when it was a matter of making it to the end. Attrition is low these days and the reliability of these cars is strong, so once those lights go out it’s on!
“Bathurst is special anytime you come here, and while it’s not the 1000, a race win there will be very cool to have on the record.
“It’s a sprint race format and the first event of the championship, we want to start off strong and get some solid points on the board.”
SCHEDULE – Round 1, Mount Panorama 500
Practice 1 – 12:00pm (60 minutes)
Practice 2 – 4:05pm (60 minutes)
Qualifying (RACE 1) – 9:05am (20 minutes)
Top Ten Shootout (Race 1) – 12:10pm
Race 1 – 3:00pm (40 laps)
Qualifying (RACE 2) – 10:05am (20 minutes)
Top Ten Shootout (Race 2) – 12:10pm
Race 2 – 3:00pm (40 laps)