DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye made ten spots and scored the fastest lap of the race on his way to seventh in Race 25 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at The Bend Motorsport Park.
Pye started 17th for Race 25 after starting the day with a wild spin in opening practice. The DEWALT Commodore ran wide on the exit kerb at the long right-hand sweeper at Turn 8 and spun off the track in damp conditions.
The DEWALT Commodore carried its strong race pace from Darwin and Townsville into the opening race at The Bend as Pye made up a couple of positions in the opening lap melee in the midfield before the pit stop cycle commenced on Lap 5.
Pye lead three laps before he was the last to stop and pitted from the lead on Lap 15 for three tyres. With a fresh tyre advantage he began to close in his rivals, scoring the fastest lap of the race on Lap 17 by half a second and the only driver to set a sub 1:50 lap time.
Pye exited in 12th before passing De Pasquale for 11th, pole-sitter Mostert for 10th and then moved up to ninth when Holdsworth was turned by McLaughlin further up the field.
Pye took the chequered flag in eighth ahead of Van Gisbergen before a penalty to series leader McLaughlin promoted him to seventh.
Pye is now within 30 points of the top ten in the drivers standings, while the combined points sees Team 18 drop one spot to sixth in the teams championship.
The DEWALT Racing Commodore returns to action tomorrow with back-to-back qualifying from 9:20am ACST. Race 26 will commence at 11:55pm and Race 27 from 2:25pm, live on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo Sports.
Scott Pye, driver #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“I’m really happy with the race today to move up ten places and earn the fastest lap of the race by half a second,” said Pye.
“The DEWALT Commodore was pretty speedy today, there’s a few battle scars on it but overall we are looking good for tomorrow.”
“The crew nailed the three-tyre pit stop today and we were able to come home strong and pass a few cars late in the race.
“We’re still searching for that one-lap speed to improve our qualifying performance, but we’re trying lots of things without affecting our race package.
“We’ve got our race setup pretty well locked-in now, we just need to keep trying to improve our one-lap speed in qualifying.
“If we start in the top ten we’ll be on for a great result, so with two more chances tomorrow I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve.”