Seiko 5 Sports Racing’s Scott Pye got his championship back on track with a strong seventh-place finish in Race 3, while IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom will be looking to bounce back tomorrow after an unfortunate clash in the closing stages.
Pye progressed through to the third part of qualifying today and started eighth for the race, while Winterbottom would start 11th after he missed out on progressing to Part 3 by only two-hundredths of a second.
Both drivers made good ground off the start, Pye passed three cars in the opening five laps, while Winterbottom also made ground up to ninth.
Pye made his compulsory stop for two tyres on Lap 14 and rejoined in fifth when the pit stop cycle was completed, while Winterbottom went nine laps later and also remained in ninth spot.
Winterbottom was chasing Reynolds for ninth place before an unfortunate incident with eight laps to go at Turn 4 when they made contact and spun to the inside of the circuit. Winterbottom was handed a 15-second post-race penalty for the incident which dropped him back to 18th position.
Pye battled tyre life and dropped a couple of positions to Feeney and De Pasquale in the last quarter of the race to take the chequered flag in seventh, his best-finish at Symmons Plains since 2018.
Team 18 returns to the track tomorrow for Races 4 and 5 of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship at the Ned Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint.
All the action can be viewed live on Fox Sports and Kayo, with post-race highlights shown on Channel 7.
QUOTES & RESULTS
Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore
Practice 1: 9th (50.6174)
Practice 2: 7th (50.6869)
Qualifying: 11th (50.7595)
Race 3: 18th (Fastest Lap: 52.1668) *After 15-second post-race penalty
“A tough day today. We had great car speed but not a lot to show for it.
“We were making moves, we were coming through the field up to P9 before I made contact with Dave Reynolds and ruined both our races.
“I put my hand up for that. It was my mistake and just tagged him by the smallest margins so I went to say sorry. I’m sure everyone hates apologies but it is what it is.
“We’ll come back again tomorrow, use our car space to try and get up the front, stay clean and try and get a good result.
“Positives and negatives to take from today. We had a quick car but I can do better tomorrow.”
Scott Pye, driver #20 Seiko 5 Sports Racing Holden ZB Commodore
Practice 1: 21st (51.2954)
Practice 2: 20th (51.0102)
Qualifying: 8th (50.7641)
Race 3: 7th (Fastest Lap: 51.9257)
“We were up in the top five for a lot of the race but unfortunately that front-right tyre just wasn’t our friend today and we dropped back to seventh with a couple of laps to go.
“I had a really cool battle with Heimgartner around the last corner and across the chequered flag but we managed to just hang in there.
“The crew did a huge job today, massive effort from them and really happy to get on the board now and get our championship hopefully back on track.
“We’ll give it a little tune-up for tomorrow to try and get that tyre to last a bit longer and stay at the pointy-end to hopefully bring a strong result home for everyone.”