DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye stormed through from 22nd to ninth in Race 23 on Saturday at the Armor All Sydney SuperNight.

Pye and IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom qualified 22nd and 23rd respectively for the 32-lap night race after a mishap during the first knockout phase. The pair were in the top ten of the field on their hard tyre laps. However, the remainder of the field swapped onto softs for their final flyer, dropping both cars into the bottom six.

As the race got underway both drivers were immediately on the move, climbing five spots in the jostling on the opening couple of laps.

Winterbottom was strong early, however lost ground during a 20-second pit stop on Lap 5. The IRWIN car rejoined in 17th position before dropping a spot on the final lap.

Pye stopped for softs ten laps later and emerged from his stop in 22nd. The DEWALT car came to life on the soft tyre and proceeded to charge through the midfield with blistering pace, setting the fastest lap of the race on his first tour after his stop.

Pye picked cars off one by one and made it into the top ten with a move down the inside of Mostert at Turn 6 with three laps to go. With Fullwood a second down the road on the final lap, Pye chased him down and just pipped him on the run to the chequered flag to finish in ninth.

Team 18 returns to the track tomorrow for Races 24 and 25 of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship from 4:35pm and 7:30pm respectively, live on Fox Sports and Kayo.

Scott Pye, driver – #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore

“To get through for a top ten after qualifying where we did was amazing.

“We didn’t make it through on the hards in qualifying. We took a risk and tried to get through only on the hard tyre and just missed out, but we were pretty confident that our car was fast and it showed in the race.

“We passed plenty of cars on track, got the fastest lap of the race and full credit to the guys, they did such an amazing job this week turning the cars around and finding a package which is strong.”

Mark Winterbottom, driver – #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore

“It was a tough day, we had a quick car and just didn’t happen for us.

“I was sixth fastest straight out of the gate on hards in qualifying, and then we waited as everyone put their softs on and we went down to 23rd so we missed getting through to the next leg.

“I had a good start in the race, made up a few positions before we had a 20-plus second pit stop.

“It wasn’t my day, I thought we had a really good car but nothing to show from it today,

“I’m pretty gutted, but we’ll bounce back and look to do a better job tomorrow.”