Team 18 driver Scott Pye progressed through to Saturday’s Top Ten Shootout after finishing third fastest in Qualifying on Friday at the VALO Adelaide 500.

The Toyota Forklifts Team 18 Holden Commodore driver had strong pace in both sessions, placing sixth fastest in Practice 3 before finishing third in Qualifying with a 1:18.8233 lap which was under the previous Qualifying lap record.

IRWIN Racing driver Mark Winterbottom also had pace in practice, leading the day’s practice session throughout, before he missed out on progressing through to Saturday’s shootout and will start Race 33 from 21st position.

Team 18 returns to the VALO Adelaide 500 on Saturday for Practice 3 at 11:00am, before the Top Ten Shootout at 12:35pm and Race 33 of the season at 3:15pm.

RESULTS & QUOTES

Scott Pye, #20 Toyota Forklifts Team 18 Holden ZB Commodore

Practice 2, 6th (1:19.5044)
Qualifying – Race 33, 3rd (1:18.8233)

“The guys have done a great job all weekend and the car has been fantastic from the moment we rolled out of the transporter, and Frosty was fast as well.

“I’m stoked to be in the shootout tomorrow and close to the pointy end, we have a really strong car and around here it’s all about confidence.

“The butterflies coming back here are like the first time ever. I haven’t looked forward to an event like this for a long time, it means so much to me as an SA boy growing up here and my mum to be just around the corner and be able to come and watch this weekend is very special. 

“Getting a lap to myself tomorrow is very important to me but it’s funny how quick that feeling goes out the window when you haven’t get pole, so hopefully tomorrow we can stick it up the pointy end and have a solid race.”

Mark Winterbottom, #18 IRWIN Racing Team 18 Holden ZB Commodore

Practice 2, 14th (1:20.0021)
Qualifying – Race 33, 21st (1:19.3960)

“Today didn’t go to plan. I just had a drama up at Turn 4. We would have been in the shootout, but unfortunately it wasn’t a trouble-free run, but we’ve got a fast car so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”