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PYE FLYING HIGH WITH WRETCHED RUN BEHIND HIM

AT last, the Scott Pye/Team 18 combination is back on track – and it’s come just in time for some Bathurst 1000 redemption.

At last year’s Great Race, Car #20 was out of the running almost immediately due to power steering problems.

Twice a top 10 championship finisher, at no point this season has Pye sat higher than 16th in the standings as crashes and mechanical gremlins ruined his first six rounds.

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But the appointments of team manager Bruin Beasley and crew chief Dennis Huijser have led an upturn, and Pye is now on a six-race streak of top 10 results.

In that period, spanning Sandown and Pukekohe, he has banked the fifth most championship points, only behind Shane van Gisbergen, Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters and Will Davison.

“It has been tough,” Pye said of the previous 18 months.

“I mean, it’s frustrating that some of the other weekends like Townsville where we had great car speed but didn’t leave with a smile on our face because of obviously the last race there.

“I think car speed has been good for a while, we just haven’t had the fortune on our side.

“So to have two weekends now back-to-back is awesome, especially in the lead-up to Bathurst because everyone’s confident.

Pye in the #20 Holden. Pic: Richard Opie

“Consistency breeds results so I think for us, keep our head down and roll into Bathurst with a bit of confidence in the entire group.

“Charlie has made some good additions to this team and everything is starting to really gel, so it’s a good feeling heading into the biggest race.”

Pye noted that the recent run has shown the potential was always there, just untapped for a while.

“I think what we’re highlighting is that we’re getting more out of everyone and it shows that that was always within the group,” said the 32-year-old.

“I’m stoked. It’s going to be good, when it all comes to fruition with the same group of people, it’s going to be nice to get that winning feeling together.”

Pye will be joined by Tyler Everingham for the Repco Bathurst 1000 on October 6-9.

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS ACCRUED ACROSS SANDOWN AND PUKEKOHE

RankDriverPoints in Rounds 9-10Overall championship position
1Shane van Gisbergen5861st
2Chaz Mostert4645th
3Cameron Waters4542nd
4Will Davison4433rd
5Scott Pye39216th
6Broc Feeney3896th
7Andre Heimgartner3828th
8David Reynolds3627th
9Anton De Pasquale3124th
10Mark Winterbottom30011th
11James Golding26826th
12Nick Percat25615th
13Thomas Randle25220th
14Will Brown24613th
15Tim Slade24210th
16James Courtney23012th
17Bryce Fullwood22618th
18Lee Holdsworth22414th
19Jake Kostecki21022nd
20Brodie Kostecki2069th
21Jack Smith20424th
22Chris Pither20023rd
23Macauley Jones19419th
24Todd Hazelwood16617th
25Jack Le Brocq10421st
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