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 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|