Round 3 of the Cash Converters Supercars ESeries was held last night, as IRWIN Racing’s Cooper Webster scored a strong sixth-place finish in the Pro ESeries while DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye recovered to tenth in a chaotic All Stars affair.
After qualifying seventh, Pye was fenced on the second lap of the race and immediately went a lap down after pitting for repairs. He was later involved in a second incident and dropped another lap on the leaders before the safety car was called around 20 laps in to the race.
Pye managed to get both laps back during the safety car intervention and was approaching the tail of the field in 21st for the Lap 23 restart with six laps remaining.
Pye stayed out of trouble in the closing stages while multiple cars wrecked around him to charge back through to tenth. He was then promoted to ninth after the chequered flag with penalties applied to other drivers.
In the Pro ESeries, IRWIN Racing’s Cooper Webster started sixth and got a great start to leap into fifth at the first corner.
Webster stayed in the lead pack until he pitted on Lap 5 as he emerged into a ferocious midfield battle before fighting his way back to sixth position.
The Cash Converters Supercars ESeries continues next Wednesday September 15, with Round 3 of the Pro ESeries to be held on the streets at a fans’ choice circuit, while the All Stars will head to Michigan Speedway.
Qualifying will commence live from 7:00pm AEST on the Team 18 Facebook page, as well as the Supercars Facebook and YouTube pages, before the live broadcast begins at 7:30pm on Fox Sports 506, 7Plus and Kayo.
Results and Quotes
Scott Pye, ESeries driver – #20 DEWALT Racing Holden Commodore
Qualifying: 7th, Race 3: 10th
“Qualifying went well, I qualified seventh and it was really down to working with Jayden Ojeda and Justin Ruggier as we all put our laps together and qualified really well,” said Pye.
“On those ovals it’s really about getting a tow, understanding gaps to the car in front and things you need to be fast over one lap and I think we executed pretty well in qualifying.
“There were a few cars that bumped us at the very end and it was disappointing not to start in the top-five as our race would’ve been much different if we didn’t crash at the start.
“After a couple of laps we were caught up in an incident on the back straight so we went a lap down, but after the safety car we got our laps back and from there it was just other people crashing that moved us up the field.
“We drove our own race in clean air and with other cars wrecking around us I was able to pick my lines and stay out of trouble to finish ninth.”
Cooper Webster, ESeries driver – #18 IRWIN Racing Holden Commodore
Qualifying: 6th, Race 3: 6th
“I got a really good start and then the two cars in front of me made contact so I got a position there,” said Webster.
“Everything was going really good until the pit stops, we had a great stop and I came out in fifth, but then Filsell got me on the out lap.
“I made a mistake when Filsell and Gilliam made contact and I had nowhere to go. I went to the outside and I was squeezed off the track and lost a few positions there, but then got back past one car.
“I was in the thick of it and lost a bit of time during some battles, but all-in-all it was a fun race and good points towards the pro championship.”