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DEWALT Racing’s pairing of Scott Pye and Dean Fiore will start 12th for the 2020 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, after a late shower put paid to any hopes of progressing into the the Top 10 Shootout during qualifying this afternoon.

The second of four days of on-track action at Mount Panorama saw two one-hour practice sessions, before a 40 minute qualifying session in the afternoon.

Fiore continued to put in consistent laps throughout his practice session, before Pye completed the final practice of the day 10th fastest ahead of qualifying in the afternoon.

Qualifying saw a mid-session red flag period haunt proceedings, before Pye went out and set what would ultimately be his fastest time before a light rain shower curtailed anymore running.

Pye and Fiore will start The Great Race from 12th, in Pye’s best qualifying effort for the Bathurst 1000 since 2016, while Team 18 stablemates Mark Winterbottom and James Golding will launch from 18th for IRWIN Racing.

The DEWALT Racing Commodore returns to the track tomorrow for two further one-hour practice sessions, before the Top 10 Shootout will determine the grid from first to 10th ahead of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on Sunday.

Saturday’s action can be viewed live on Network 10, Fox Sports 506 and Kayo Sports.

Scott Pye
driver #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore

“I’m pretty happy with qualifying,” said Pye.

“We put a lot of effort during practice to focus on our race car, so to miss the shootout by less than a tenth of a second is a really promising result and it has put us in a good spot for Sunday.

“We were very close to the shootout and if we put more effort in to our one-lap speed that could have been different, but I certainly wouldn’t change our plan at all throughout practice so far.

“We have put us in a good spot for the race, we have plenty of laps for Dean, we have done more than any other car during practice so in terms of race pace we’re in a great position.

“I would have loved to have the track to myself for a couple of minutes, but the end goal hasn’t changed and that’s to finish well on Sunday, I think we’ve put us in a good position to do that.”

Dean Fiore
co-driver #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore

“We tried some things overnight, but they didn’t work when we hit the track today, so it was a bit of a struggle for me in practice,” said Fiore.

“It still helped with a setup direction, even though you can make a change and it doesn’t work, at least it becomes a known factor so as a result it steers us in the right direction as we improve our race car for Sunday.

“I still got some valuable laps under my belt, another session and a half tomorrow before the big race on Sunday.

“I’m happy with how it’s all progressing, right from the get-go we were focussed on our race car and weren’t too focussed on qualifying, so tomorrow will be business as usual for us.”