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Pye reveals Team 18 Camaro’s strengths and weaknesses

SCOTT Pye has opened up on the characteristics of Team 18’s Gen3 Supercar and why Symmons Plains should suit it better than Wanneroo Raceway.

It was a woeful weekend for Team 18 in Western Australia, seeing it sink to ninth in the teams’ championship having left Round 1 in Newcastle holding third.

Pye did at least record the squad’s first top 10 result at Wanneroo in a decade but that did not stop team manager Bruin Beasley from labelling the overall performance “embarrassing”.

Eager to move on and rediscover form, Pye indicated the Tasmania SuperSprint will better play to Team 18’s strengths.

“We’ve been to three very different circuits so far, and now we go to a fourth extremely different one with a very tight hairpin, and two long straights,” he said.

“I think our straight-line drive is probably one of our strengths.

“Unfortunately, (Perth) required a lot of loaded lateral drive and that was certainly a weakness which then hurts tyre life as well, so I’m looking forward to going to a different track, seeing different challenges, and hopefully bouncing back to a stronger car.”

Pye will switch to a new livery in Tasmania as East Coast Car Rentals come aboard as naming rights partner per Car #20’s rolling sponsorship model.

Pye, who will reunite with Warren Luff for the 2023 enduros, sits 16th in the standings, two positions ahead of teammate Mark Winterbottom.

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