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Pye fastest in opening Phillip Island practice

Friday 20th November, 2015 - 1:37pm

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Scott Pye topped the opening session at Phillip Island for the second consecutive year

Scott Pye topped the opening session at Phillip Island for the second consecutive year

Scott Pye continued DJR Team Penske’s strong form by topping Practice 1 at a drying Phillip Island Circuit.

The 60 minute session started in full wet conditions, with early flying laps in the 1:48s bracket and beyond.

It took almost 40 minutes before the track was good enough for slicks, after which times tumbled quickly.

Scott Pye

Scott Pye

Pye’s best of 1:32.06s was set just seconds before the chequered flag fell, edging Nissan’s Todd Kelly by 0.09s.

“We haven’t done that much running in the wet so we experimented a lot with (tyre) pressures and set-up,” said Pye, who scored a career first podium last time out at Pukekohe.

“I felt like just before we went to the slicks we were fairly strong and the guys just put the car back to a dry set-up and we’ve rolled out competitive again which is great.”

Pye and Kelly had a tight moment after their fastest laps when the Nissan went off at Turn 1 and rejoined in front of the Ford, which then ran off at Turn 2 in avoidance.

“I was hoping that he’d be a little bit further back (when he rejoined) so that when I got to Turn 2 I could go around him,” said Pye.

“Unfortunately though when you rejoin off the wet track he’s going to come arrowing across, so I just took the precautionary side and gave him plenty of room and ran off myself.”

Jason Bright ended up third fastest ahead of Mark Winterbottom, David Reynolds, Jamie Whincup, James Moffat and Nick Percat.

Percat completed the entire session aboard the #222 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden and was among many to briefly sit atop the order as the track dried.

Newcomers Dean Canto and Chris Pither were arguably the most hurt by the weather, ending up at the bottom of the order in 24th and 25th as they adapt to the Erebus Mercedes and Super Black Ford respectively.

Fabian Coulthard, Reynolds and McLaughlin were among those to have off track excursions in the early wet running, but each was able to rejoin without damage.

Result: V8 Supercars WD-40 Phillip Island Super Sprint Practice 1

1 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 1:32.0552*H
2 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:32.1472 H 00.0920
3 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:32.2901 H 00.2349
4 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:32.3086 H 00.2534
5 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 1:32.3710 H 00.3158
6 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:32.6039 H 00.5487
7 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 1:32.7020 H 00.6468
8 Repair Management Aust Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:32.7259 H 00.6707
9 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:32.7627 H 00.7075
10 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 1:32.7865 H 00.7313
11 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:32.8057 H 00.7505
12 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:32.8489 H 00.7937
13 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:32.9415 H 00.8863
14 Pepsi Max Crew Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:33.0184 H 00.9632
15 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 1:33.0201 H 00.9649
16 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 1:33.0692 H 01.0140
17 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:33.1448 H 01.0896
18 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:33.2830 H 01.2278
19 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 1:33.2888 H 01.2336
20 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:33.3561 H 01.3009
21 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:33.4213 H 01.3661
22 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 1:33.4415 H 01.3863
23 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:33.4914 H 01.4362
24 Erebus Motorsport V8 Dean Canto Mercedes E63 AMG 1:33.8909 H 01.8357
25 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 1:33.9095 H 01.8543

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