Scott Pye

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Scott Pye
Scott Pye 2014.jpg
Scott Pye at the 2014 V8 Supercars Test Day
Nationality Australian
Born8 January 1990 (1990-01-08) (age 29)
Adelaide, South Australia
Supercars Record
Car number2
Current teamWalkinshaw Andretti United
Series championships0
Races214
Race wins1
Podium finishes7
Pole positions1
2019 Championship position14th (1540 pts)*

Scott Robert Pye (born 8 January 1990) is an Australian professional racing driver competing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. He currently drives the No. 2 Holden ZB Commodore for Walkinshaw Andretti United.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Early days[edit]

Pye started out in go-karts, winning six state championships.[2] Pye moved up to the Formula Ford level in 2007 when he raced in the State Series Formula Ford in Australia for Borland Racing Developments/ Cams Rising Star.

2008 saw Pye move up to the Australian Formula Ford Championship, again with Borland Racing Developments/ Cams Rising Star. He finished the championship in seventh place in 2008 and in third position in 2009.[3]

International foray[edit]

Pye joined fellow Australian driver Nathan Antunes in the European Technique team for the 2008–09 Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand. He achieved a podium finish in his first race at Ruapuna and completed the weekend with a win in the third race which saw him take home the Wigram Cup. Pye continued his good form in round two at Timaru International Motor Raceway when he won the final two races, earning him the round win.

For 2010 Pye moved to the United Kingdom to compete in the British Formula Ford Championship.[2] Racing a Mygale for British team Jamun Racing, he won the championship with 12 race wins and 17 pole positions. He also finished second in the Formula Ford Festival in 2010.

Pye competed in the British Formula 3 Championship for 2011 with Double R.[4] Pye's Mercedes-engined CampingF1 sponsored Dallara lapped the 2.7-mile Oulton Park International Circuit in 1m 27.621s, more than a second inside the 2010 pole position time set by eventual champion Jean-Éric Vergne.[5] He finished tenth in the championship with one win at Rockingham and a second place at the season-ending Silverstone weekend.[6]

Return to Australia[edit]

Development Series[edit]

In February 2012, Pye returned to Australia and made the switch to touring cars, becoming the new driver of Triple Eight Race Engineering’s championship-winning Monster Energy/GearWrench backed Holden VE Commodore in the 2012 V8 Supercar Development Series.[7] Pye finished the championship in second place behind Scott McLaughlin.

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport[edit]

In 2013 he graduated to the International V8 Supercars Championship. driving for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in a Holden VF Commodore with sponsorship from Ekol and Hog's Breath Cafe.[8] Pye endured a difficult season, including a heavy crash at Symmons Plains Raceway that caused him to miss the Pukekohe round due to the lack of a spare car.[9]

Dick Johnson Racing/DJR Team Penske[edit]

After one season at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, Pye signed a two-year deal with Dick Johnson Racing, driving a Ford FG Falcon with Wilson Security sponsorship for 2014.[10] However in September 2014, Team Penske bought a stake in the team and eventually elected to run only a single entry in 2015 for two-time champion Marcos Ambrose, in his return from NASCAR.[11] Pye signed on as Enduro Cup team-mate to Ambrose at the renamed DJR Team Penske, but after mixed performances at the Adelaide 500 and the non-championship Supercars Challenge, Ambrose stepped down from the seat, leaving Pye back in a full-time drive for the remainder of the season.

With the team signing Fabian Coulthard for 2016, Pye once again faced an uncertain future before the team elected to expand to two cars.[11] Following this confirmation, Pye went on to score his first championship podium at the ITM 500 Auckland. In 2016, Pye scored two more podiums, at Phillip Island and another at Pukekohe on the way to a career-best top 15 championship result. Despite this, he was once again out of a drive for 2017, with his former Development Series rival McLaughlin being signed for DJR Team Penske to join Coulthard.[12]

Walkinshaw Racing/Walkinshaw Andretti United[edit]

In September 2016, Pye was announced as the replacement for Garth Tander at Walkinshaw Racing for 2017, the team's first season since losing the Holden Racing Team moniker.[1] In a difficult season for the team, Pye finished 12th in the standings, ahead of team-mate James Courtney, with the highlight for Pye being a second place at the 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 driving with Warren Luff. Just as happened while Pye was at Dick Johnson Racing, the team was bought out by international interests during his first season at the team, with Andretti Autosport and United Autosports each taking part-ownership in the team which became known as Walkinshaw Andretti United.[11] Pye did retain his seat into 2018 and took his first championship race win in dramatic circumstances at the second event, the Melbourne 400 on the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit. Pye had led the race comfortably until a late-race shower brought Jamie Whincup back into contention in the final laps.[13] On October 7, Pye driving with Warren Luff have gone back-to-back with second place finishes at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and later he finished 7th at Newcastle and in the points standings.

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
2008 New South Wales Formula Ford Championship 8th Spectrum 010b CAMS Rising Star
Australian Formula Ford Championship 7th Spectrum 011b CAMS Rising Star
2008-09 Toyota Racing Series 3rd Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota European Technique
2009 Australian Formula Ford Championship 3rd Spectrum 011d CAMS Rising Star
2010 British Formula Ford Championship 1st Mygale SJ10 Jamun Racing
2011 Toyota Racing Series 4th Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota ETEC Motorsport
British Formula 3 Championship 10th Dallara F308 - Mercedes HWA Double R Racing
2012 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series 2nd Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering
International V8 Supercars Championship 56th Holden VE Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 27th Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 19th Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 19th Ford FG X Falcon DJR Team Penske
2016 International V8 Supercars Championship 15th Ford FG X Falcon DJR Team Penske
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 12th Holden VF Commodore Walkinshaw Racing
2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 7th Holden ZB Commodore Walkinshaw Andretti United

Supercars Championship results[edit]

Supercars results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 Position Points
2012 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
BAR
R9
PHI
R10

PO
PHI
R11

PO
HID
R12

PO
HID
R13

PO
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16

PO
QLD
R17

PO
SMP
R18
SMP
R19
SAN
Q

22
SAN
R20

24
BAT
R21

Ret
SUR
R22
SUR
R23
YMC
R24
YMC
R25
YMC
R26
WIN
R27
WIN
R28
SYD
R29
SYD
R30
56th 64
2013 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

13
ADE
R2

11
SYM
R3

18
SYM
R4

14
SYM
R5

Ret
PUK
R6
PUK
R7
PUK
R8
PUK
R9
BAR
R10

28
BAR
R11

27
BAR
R12

20
COA
R13

15
COA
R14

22
COA
R15

24
COA
R16

16
HID
R17

25
HID
R18

28
HID
R19

18
TOW
R20

24
TOW
R21

21
QLD
R22

22
QLD
R23

25
QLD
R24

19
WIN
R25

12
WIN
R26

15
WIN
R27

Ret
SAN
QR

26
SAN
R28

Ret
BAT
R29

6
SUR
R30

13
SUR
R31

Ret
PHI
R32

15
PHI
R33

11
PHI
R34

14
SYD
R35

Ret
SYD
R36

Ret
27th 1049
2014 Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon ADE
R1

10
ADE
R2

20
ADE
R3

Ret
SYM
R4

10
SYM
R5

7
SYM
R6

16
WIN
R7

14
WIN
R8

12
WIN
R9

19
PUK
R10

18
PUK
R11

11
PUK
R12

9
PUK
R13

13
BAR
R14

18
BAR
R15

7
BAR
R16

12
HID
R17

15
HID
R18

15
HID
R19

14
TOW
R20

12
TOW
R21

12
TOW
R22

8
QLD
R23

16
QLD
R24

12
QLD
R25

4
SMP
R26

20
SMP
R27

21
SMP
R28

Ret
SAN
QR

19
SAN
R29

5
BAT
R30

Ret
SUR
R31

DSQ
SUR
R32

DSQ
PHI
R33

DSQ
PHI
R34

DSQ
PHI
R35

DSQ
SYD
R36

Ret
SYD
R37

9
SYD
R38

21
19th 1407
2015 DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon ADE
R1
ADE
R2
ADE
R3
SYM
R4

18
SYM
R5

17
SYM
R6

18
BAR
R7

22
BAR
R8

21
BAR
R9

Ret
WIN
R10

15
WIN
R11

18
WIN
R12

8
HID
R13

6
HID
R14

4
HID
R15

16
TOW
R16

5
TOW
R17

19
QLD
R18

Ret
QLD
R19

10
QLD
R20

15
SMP
R21

9
SMP
R22

22
SMP
R23

17
SAN
QR

11
SAN
R24

12
BAT
R25

Ret
SUR
R26

8
SUR
R27

21
PUK
R28

5
PUK
R29

8
PUK
R30

3
PHI
R31

13
PHI
R32

6
PHI
R33

14
SYD
R34

16
SYD
R35

9
SYD
R36

9
19th 1589
2016 DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon ADE
R1

12
ADE
R2

7
ADE
R3

17
SYM
R4

14
SYM
R5

14
PHI
R6

26
PHI
R7

3
BAR
R8

24
BAR
R9

19
WIN
R10

12
WIN
R11

7
HID
R12

5
HID
R13

Ret
TOW
R14

18
TOW
R15

7
QLD
R16

20
QLD
R17

24
SMP
R18

Ret
SMP
R19

15
SAN
QR

21
SAN
R20

15
BAT
R21

5
SUR
R22

18
SUR
R23

23
PUK
R24

9
PUK
R25

11
PUK
R26

2
PUK
R27

9
SYD
R28

14
SYD
R29

13
15th 1807
2017 Walkinshaw Racing Holden VF Commodore ADE
R1

16
ADE
R2

19
SYM
R3

Ret
SYM
R4

12
PHI
R5

17
PHI
R6

12
BAR
R7

20
BAR
R8

14
WIN
R9

15
WIN
R10

22
HID
R11

23
HID
R12

8
TOW
R13

12
TOW
R14

18
QLD
R15

13
QLD
R16

16
SMP
R17

5
SMP
R18

18
SAN
QR

15
SAN
R19

21
BAT
R20

2
SUR
R21

11
SUR
R22

13
PUK
R23

14
PUK
R24

10
NEW
R25

7
NEW
R26

14
12th 1804
2018 Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden ZB Commodore ADE
R1

10
ADE
R2

8
MEL
R3

6
MEL
R4

11
MEL
R5

1
MEL
R6

5
SYM
R7

8
SYM
R8

6
PHI
R9

9
PHI
R10

11
BAR
R11

12
BAR
R12

15
WIN
R13

2
WIN
R14

6
HID
R15

4
HID
R16

20
TOW
R17

14
TOW
R18

21
QLD
R19

16
QLD
R20

19
SMP
R21

25
BEN
R22

18
BEN
R23

6
SAN
QR

19
SAN
R24

6
BAT
R25

2
SUR
R26

13
SUR
R27

C
PUK
R28

6
PUK
R29

15
NEW
R30

4
NEW
R31

10
7th 2608
2019 Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden ZB Commodore ADE
R1

Ret
ADE
R2

17
MEL
R3

13
MEL
R4

14
MEL
R5

6
MEL
R6

11
SYM
R7

12
SYM
R8

8
PHI
R9

8
PHI
R10

15
BAR
R11

16
BAR
R12

Ret
WIN
R13

10
WIN
R14

8
HID
R15

10
HID
R16

19
TOW
R17

20
TOW
R18

15
QLD
R19

21
QLD
R20

16
BEN
R21

15
BEN
R22

16
PUK
R23

13
PUK
R24

6
BAT
R25

8
SUR
R26

SUR
R27

SAN
QR

SAN
R28

NEW
R29

NEW
R30

14th* 1540*

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2012 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden Commodore VE Australia Taz Douglas DNF 97
2013 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden Commodore VF Australia Paul Morris 6th 161
2014 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon FG Australia Ashley Walsh DNF 70
2015 DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon FG X Australia Marcos Ambrose DNF 137
2016 DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon FG X Australia Tony D'Alberto 5th 161
2017 Walkinshaw Racing Holden Commodore VF Australia Warren Luff 2nd 161
2018 Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden Commodore ZB Australia Warren Luff 2nd 161
2019 Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden Commodore ZB Australia Warren Luff 8th 161

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Overall
Position
Class
Position
2012 Australia Racer Industries Australia Elliott Barbour
New Zealand Chris Pither
HSV VXR Turbo E 231 7th 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Howard, Tom (23 September 2016). "Walkinshaw confirms Courtney, Pye for 2017". Speedcafe. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b Greenwood, Rob (3 March 2017). "SA Supercar ace Scott Pye driven by mission to honour late father". The Advertiser. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  3. ^ www.cams.com.au Archived 24 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Pye seals Double R F3 seat". Autosport. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Scott Pye and Double R Top British F3 Testing at Oulton Park". MSportUK. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Pye confirms switch to Development Series". Speedcafe. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  7. ^ Champness, Andy (1 February 2012). "Scott Pye Switches To V8 Supercars Development Series". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  8. ^ "FIRST PICS: Scott Pye reveals livery, new sponsor". Speedcafe. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  9. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (7 April 2013). "Scott Pye to miss Pukekohe after Symmons shunt". Speedcafe. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  10. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (4 December 2013). "DJR confirms Scott Pye for 2014". Speedcafe. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  11. ^ a b c Adam, Mitchell (21 December 2017). "'Rollercoaster' path helped Pye settle in 2017". Supercars.com. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  12. ^ Nightingale, Brian (29 June 2016). "McLaughlin to replace Pye". The Western Advocate. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  13. ^ van Leeuwen, Andrew (24 March 2018). "Melbourne Supercars: Pye gives Walkinshaw Andretti United first win". Autosport. Retrieved 24 March 2018.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
James Cole
Winner of the British Formula Ford Championship
2010
Succeeded by
Scott Malvern
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chaz Mostert
Mike Kable Young Gun Award
2012
Succeeded by
Scott McLaughlin