DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye has powered through to the top ten in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with a sixth place in Race 27, while IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom was taken out in the opening lap carnage in the final race of The Repco SuperSprint at The Bend.
Pye would start 20th for Race 26 while he found some gains in the second session to start ninth for the final race of the weekend.
In Race 26, Pye picked up two spots on the first lap and moved up to 17th on Lap 3 before the pit stop window opened on Lap 5. Pye went for an earlier stop compared to his previous long opening stints, stopping on Lap 11 before rejoining in 17th position.
The DEWALT Commodore showed impressive speed after the stop as Pye powered past Holdsworth, Winterbottom, Fullwood and Courtney to finish in 13th, only one-tenth away from a top ten finish.
Starting ninth for Race 27, Pye narrowly avoided an incident ahead of him before he made his way past Jones when the pit stop window opened.
The DEWALT Commodore improved lap-after-lap as Pye caught up to the leaders, passing Waters, Mostert and Van Gisbergen before he stopped from the lead on Lap 16 and rejoined back in eighth place.
Pye got past Percat for seventh and then used his fresh tyre pace to catch and pass Heimgartner at the final corner for seventh with six laps to go, where he eventually finished.
Following his seventh place finish, Pye climbed up to tenth in the drivers standings while the teams championship took a hit with Team 18 now sitting seventh in the points in a closely-fought midfield battle.
The DEWALT Racing Commodore will remain at The Bend Motorsport Park for next weekend’s OTR SuperSprint using the shortened 3.41km West Circuit.
This will mark the penultimate event of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship before the season finale at the Bathurst 1000 in October, where Pye will be joined by West Australian Dean Fiore as his co-driver.
Scott Pye, driver #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“I’m stoked to come away in the top ten of the championship after this weekend,” said Pye.
“I was bummed that I didn’t manage to come home with a top ten in the first race today. I got a little boxed out on the final corner and wasn’t able to maximise where we should have been.
“We had good speed to qualify ninth and finish up sixth in the last race.
“I’m really proud of the team, everyone is working so hard behind the scenes.
“A real bummer for the IRWIN car today, Frosty got caught up in someone else’s accident in the last race and there’s a fair bit of damage there but hopefully it’s mostly cosmetic.
“The car is fast, we have great tyre life, and it all bodes well looking ahead to the longer race at Bathurst.”