Pye escapes horror crash in Practice 3

Saturday 23rd July, 2016 - 12:28pm

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Pye's Ford strikes the tyre barrier

Pye’s Ford strikes the tyre barrier

Scott Pye has walked away from a heavy crash after suffering brake failure in the third Supercars practice session at Queensland Raceway.

The DJR Team Penske Ford slammed head-on into the Turn 3 tyre barrier in the closing stages of the 15 minute session.

Coming to rest with the front of his Falcon atop the tyre wall, Pye was able to climb unhurt out of the passenger side door.

The crash immediately brought out the red flags, with officials soon informing that the session would not be resumed.

DJR Team Penske managing director Ryan Story confirmed that the team had changed rear discs on the Falcon just prior to the crash.

“I swear I’ve had one legit crash in this series and I’ve had so many mechanicals,” said Pye.

“I must be the unluckiest driver out there.

“I hit the brake pedal and it was solid and then clicked to the floor. That’s a horrible feeling when that happens.

“It came back up and I went for it again and I think it was only front brakes. It locked both front wheels and went straight on.

“Just before I hit the wall I braced, let go of the wheel and copped it sweet.

The car came to rest on the tyre wall

The car came to rest on the tyre wall

“The track safety there was really good.

“Going in you fear the worst but fortunately it lifted the car as well.

“It was kind of like Tasmania (in 2013 when Pye had a brake failure in a LDM Holden) where it absorbed it a bit so the force wasn’t too bad.

“It’s a real shame for the boys, it makes their job a lot harder now and it’s not the time where I need to be out of the car.

“I need to be in there doing the best job I can. I’m just gutted at the moment.”

Mark Winterbottom had been following Pye when the crash occurred.

“Down into Turn 3 we all brake at around the 130 metre mark and his brake lights came on at the 100 marker,” said The Bottle-O Ford driver.

“I thought if he’s going that deep then I’ve got a lot of work to do.

“Then the smoke came off the tyres and I didn’t see what happened.

“Thankfully he’s walked away. Front-on impacts are always the worst.

“He obviously had a failure and if he could have pulled it up he would have been a hero.”

Jamie Whincup ended the session fastest from Winterbottom, Chris Pither, Craig Lowndes and James Courtney.

Among those that did not get their lap in due to the red flags was Fabian Coulthard, who ended up 24th.

Qualifying will take place from 1330 local time.

Result: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint Practice 3

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 1:10.1028*S
2 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 1:10.1751 S 0:00.0723
3 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 1:10.2156 S 0:00.1128
4 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 1:10.3391 S 0:00.2363
5 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 1:10.4393 S 0:00.3365
6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 1:10.4874 S 0:00.3846
7 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 1:10.5032 S 0:00.4004
8 Sengled Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 1:10.5219 S 0:00.4191
9 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 1:10.5233 S 0:00.4205
10 Red Bull Racing Australia Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 1:10.6104 S 0:00.5076
11 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1:10.6266 S 0:00.5238
12 Team Darrell Lea STIX Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 1:10.6369 S 0:00.5341
13 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 1:10.6700 S 0:00.5672
14 LD Motorsport Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 1:10.7741 S 0:00.6713
15 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 1:10.8977 S 0:00.7949
16 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 1:10.9138 S 0:00.8110
17 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 1:10.9457 S 0:00.8429
18 Erebus Motorsport Penrite David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 1:10.9795 S 0:00.8767
19 Erebus Motorsport Hungry Jacks Craig Baird Holden Commodore VF 1:11.0164 H 0:00.9136
20 LD Motorsport Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore VF 1:11.0237 S 0:00.9209
21 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Volvo S60 1:11.0302 S 0:00.9274
22 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 1:11.0868 S 0:00.9840
23 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Nissan Altima 1:11.1343 S 0:01.0315
24 DJR Team Penske Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 1:11.3389 S 0:01.2361
25 Preston Hire Racing Kurt Kostecki Holden Commodore VF 1:12.0572 S 0:01.9544
26 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 4:07.7516 S 2:57.6488

 

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