Pye puts DJRTP on top in morning practice

Sunday 8th November, 2015 - 9:25am


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 comment policy

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