Pye puts DJRTP on top in morning practice

Sunday 8th November, 2015 - 9:25am

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Scott Pye

Scott Pye

Scott Pye continued his strong weekend in front of team owner Roger Penske by topping Sunday morning practice at Pukekohe.

The 15 minute run gave teams a final chance to fine tune their cars ahead of a 20 minute qualifying session that will set the grid for Race 30.

Pye set a best of 1:03.3s on his final lap to end up 0.5s clear of Will Davison’s Erebus Mercedes.

“We made some changes yesterday in the second race,” said Pye, who took a fifth and an eighth from the Saturday races.

“We felt we had a much better car but we didn’t have track position.

“We made another change overnight and that has been positive too. I think we’re in a good position for qualifying.”

Scott McLaughlin, Ash Walsh, Jason Bright and Michael Caruso completed the top six in a session heavily affected by tyre condition.

Lowndes was seventh aboard his rebuilt Red Bull Holden, giving the car a clean bill of health despite the rushed repairs.

“It feels alright, the guys have done a remarkable job,” said Lowndes.

“The car went out without any vibration with the steering wheel straight and is reasonably quick.

“It has good front (grip), we are still searching a little bit for the rear but I’m really happy with where it is at considering at 6am it was still having its last nuts and bolts put together. It’s a credit to the team.”

Result: V8 Supercars ITM 500 Auckland Practice 4 

1 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:03.3143
2 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:03.8559 00.5416
3 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:03.8748 00.5605
4 Erebus Motorsport V8 Ashley Walsh Mercedes E63 AMG 1:03.9778 00.6635
5 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:03.9842 00.6699
6 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:04.0555 00.7412
7 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:04.0635 00.7492
8 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:04.1553 00.8410
9 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:04.1762 00.8619
10 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:04.1965 00.8822
11 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:04.1983 00.8840
12 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:04.2056 00.8913
13 Super Black Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG/X 1:04.2653 00.9510
14 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:04.3179 01.0036
15 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:04.3318 01.0175
16 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:04.3401 01.0258
17 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:04.3405 01.0262
18 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:04.3430 01.0287
19 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:04.3689 01.0546
20 Pepsi Max Crew Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:04.3871 01.0728
21 Repair Management Aust Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:04.3887 01.0744
22 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 1:04.3947 01.0804
23 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:04.4404 01.1261
24 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:04.5730 01.2587
25 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 1:04.5831 01.2688