Nulon Racing’s Scott Pye was third fastest in opening practice for the NTI Townsville 500 as both he and IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom featured in the top ten on the first day of action at the Reid Park Street Circuit.

Pye sat second fastest for the majority of the session with his 1:13.89 lap an encouraging start to the weekend for the squad. Times tumbled in the second session as Pye set another 1:13.8 lap to be tenth fastest.

Winterbottom was tenth fastest in Practice 1 on a 1:14.10 and went half a tenth quicker in the second session but dropped to 17th on the times in an extremely close practice session.

Team 18 returns to the track tomorrow for Qualifying at 9:50am, followed by a Top 10 Shootout and Race 19 of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship at 2:45pm, live on Channel 7, Fox Sports and Kayo.

QUOTES & RESULTS

Scott Pye, #20 Nulon Racing Holden ZB Commodore

Practice 1: 3rd (1:13.8927)

Practice 2: 10th (1:13.8696) 

“The Nulon car was quick today, the fIrst session was really good ending up third and then we finished up tenth in the second one. We were faster than that just made a couple of little mistakes at the end of the session. 

“I’m excited to see what we can do tomorrow, I think the car is pretty speedy but with the high temperatures we’re going to really look after the tyres. 

“We’ve got 250 kilometres tomorrow so today the first practice was about trying to do some longer runs and the second was really focusing on qualifying so we can come out tomorrow with all cylinders firing.”

Mark Winterbottom, #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore

Practice 1: 10th (1:14.1035)

Practice 2: 17th (1:14.0560)

“The car is straight, needs a little bit of speed but overall a good day.

“Not too far off the pace but the car is doing a few funky things on entry into the corners, thankfully today is practice and we will give it a rev up tonight and come back tomorrow morning for qualifying.

“The gaps between eighth to 20th are very close, but we’ll turn up tomorrow have a big dip and get set for two very long races over the weekend.”