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DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye is already looking forward to tomorrow’s 250km finale at the Mount Panorama 500, after leaving encouraged by his speed despite an opening-lap incident in Race 1 of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship.

Pye started tenth alongside team mate Mark Winterbottom on the fifth row of the grid, after both Team 18 cars progressed through to the top ten shootout earlier in the day.

Pye’s 250th Supercars race started off on the back foot after contact on the opening lap sent the DEWALT Commodore to the pit lane twice to repair bent steering.

For the remainder of the race, Pye was matching the times of the race leaders before he took the chequered flag in 19th place to collect some crucial championship points.

Team 18 returns to Mount Panorama tomorrow for another 20-minute qualifying session, top ten shootout and the final 250km race from 3:00pm.

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Scott Pye, driver – #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore

“It was a disappointing day for us to start the year, but overall we took away plenty of positives from our speed today,” said Scott Pye.

“We were caught up in an accident on the opening lap which bent my steering, it was frustrating that I was the only car affected by the contact and we pitted in to repair the damage.

“The crew did a mega job to replace the steering arm and get me back on track, and after that it was an absolute jet.

“I’m still really optimistic about tomorrow’s chances, we were the second fastest car on track by quite a margin and I’m sure Shane [Van Gisbergen] had plenty left in the bag while he was leading, but today I felt we had a really good shot at a podium.

“After everything we went through we finished the race, banked some crucial points and our speed leaves me and the team hopeful for tomorrow and the remainder of the year.”