Team 18 drivers Scott Pye and Mark Winterbottom have qualified 20th and 21st respectively for Race 27 of the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship at the VAILO Adelaide 500.
While every session this weekend has brought varying weather conditions, Qualifying was held in clear skies, with the 15 minute session included enough time for two green tyre runs which the team used to the best of their advantage.
The team now looks ahead to moving forwards in the first of two 78-lap, 250km races tomorrow.
Team 18 returns to action on Saturday for Practice 3 at 9:45am ACDT and Race 27 at 2:50pm. All the action can be viewed live on Channel 7, Fox Sports and Kayo.
RESULTS & QUOTES
Scott Pye, #20 Toyota Forklifts Team 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Practice 2 – 11th (1:19.8213) fastest through T8
Qualifying (Race 27) – 20th (1:19.8104)
“Tough day, searching for car speed where obviously both cars aren’t in the window. We certainly haven’t arrived as competitive as we were last year, but we’re still working hard. We’ve got another practice session tomorrow before the next qualy, so hopefully we can improve.
“it’s not through a lack of trying, we’ve been throwing things at it all day and we thought that in the dry we might have been a little bit more competitive than the wet because the wet was really tough but unfortunately in qualifying that’s what we had so we look forward to tomorrow.
“We’re trying some things overnight that hopefully for practice tomorrow will give us a good direction and then we can be strong going in the next qualifying for Sunday’s race.”
Mark Winterbottom, #18 DEWALT Racing Team 18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Practice 2 – 20th (1:20.3014)
Qualifying (Race 27) – 21st (1::19.8226)
“Tough day, something in our cars just doesn’t like this new surface, I think. We just need to obviously keep trying and keep learning. Both cars have quite a lot of differences in setup and Scott’s lap was 0. 01 faster than mine, and my eclectic was 0.02 faster than his, so we are where we are, that’s genuine and that’s just what it is.
“We need to learn what we’ve got different and realise that’s not what we need to change and then dig into what’s the same and tomorrow morning with practice we get another chance of it.
“I wanted to qualify up the front and go out with a good result. But it’s a long race, if we can get the car good, we have another crack tomorrow and then go in the race and I think we can move forward if we have a good car, but we’ve got work to do.
“It’s tough. But at the same time, I appreciate Matt filling in and helping and Phil Le helping on the data and all the guys working hard. Tough day, but we just try and bounce back. That’s what we do.”