Scott Pye says his eighth position at Winton was down to the hard work that DJR Team Penske has been putting into its V8 Supercars programme.
Penske’s problems fitting into the V8 Supercars category have been well documented, with Marcos Ambrose stepping down as lead driver before the second championship round of the season, and Scott Pye struggling for front-running pace in Tasmania and Western Australia.
But Pye enjoyed a breakthrough result in Sunday’s 200-kilometre race at Winton, scrapping with the likes of Garth Tander, David Reynolds and Michael Caruso over fourth before ultimately settling for eighth as his tyres ran out of steam in the latter stages.
“A lot hard work finally came to fruition today,” he said.
“We have to strive to be competitive as we were today at every race and with a long break before Darwin we can really work on the positives from this weekend.
“We did a good job in qualifying and with a good car ran in the top group on merit today.
“On the final run it was just impossible to overtake cleanly, so we had to run in that pack and in the final few laps just ran out of rear tyres and dropped a couple of spots.
“I am really happy with the weekend and full credit to the engineers. They made some great calls today and we were on the attack all day.
“You just have to capitalise when the car is good and we did that today.”