Morris/Pye claim Bathurst sixth place on a shoestring

Gordon Lomas

Sunday 13th October, 2013 - 8:14pm

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Paul Morris and Scott Pye defy the odds

Paul Morris and Scott Pye defy the odds

The battling Scott Pye and Paul Morris Commodore rolled the dice with spare parts shortage before claiming a surprise sixth place in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The bolters of the field in the freshly liveried Sargent Security #80 Commodore emerged as surprise runners among the leaders in The Great Race.

Veteran driver Morris disclosed that the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport-prepared Holden did not have the luxury of spare parts.

“There were no spares,” Morris told Speedcafe.com

“What’s on the cars is all we got. I told the boys to just chill in morning warm-up.

“All the parts that we had were on the car. We would be bolting shit back on the car if we crashed into the fence.

“Scott (Pye) did a really good job and listened to me well.

“We just came here Thursday and we just stuck to our plan and just raced ourselves. I said to Scott, “come here and do exactly as I say and I will guarantee you will finish in the top 10.”

Lucas Dumbrell found reason to crack a smile after a turbulent year potted with significant crashes.

“It means a great deal to me,” Dumbrell said.

“Just finishing Bathurst fourth year in (for his team), it’s a huge congratulations and reward to the guys who all work so hard day in, day out.”

Pye echoed the sentiments of Morris believing the top 10 finish for the #80 car was always on the cards.

“For us, it wasn’t a surprise,” said Pye.

“We’ve had so much bad luck.

“This weekend, though, the car was pretty much faultless.”

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