Fiore joins Pye for Enduro Cup

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 20/12/2019
  • By Connor O'Brien

Veteran co-driver Dean Fiore will reunite with Scott Pye for the 2020 PIRTEK Enduro Cup, completing Team 18’s expanded line-up.

Fiore, 36, contested five full-time Supercars seasons from 2009-13, largely under the Triple F banner.

The last of those campaigns though came at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, where he spent the year as teammates with Pye.

Since stepping back from the main game, Fiore has been a co-driver with Kelly Racing, including five seasons working with Michael Caruso in a partnership that netted a podium at the Gold Coast in 2014.

Caruso’s departure from the team at the start of the year meant he switched to Garry Jacobson’s car, Fiore impressing by outpacing the rookie all weekend at Surfers Paradise.

The West Australian’s other recent ventures have included the Carrera Cup, Australian GT, Bathurst 12 Hour and the Dunlop Super2 Series, in which he took victory at Bathurst last year.

He joins Team 18 recruit Pye, with James Golding announced earlier in the week as Mark Winterbottom’s new co-driver.

“I am thrilled to be joining Team 18,” Fiore said.

“After a tour of the workshop and meeting most of the crew, it’s clear to me, Charlie [Schwerkolt, team owner] has put everything in place for Team 18 to succeed.

“Really looking forward to pairing up with Scott too. We were teammates in 2013 and I admire what he’s been able to achieve since then.

“I also really want to thank Mark for initially reaching out and starting the dialogue with Steve [Richards, relationships manager] and Charlie.”

Schwerkolt added: “Dean has had a really solid performance in his previous endurance campaigns, so it's really exciting to have him join the team alongside Scotty.

“They are ex-teammates so I think that they will really work well together in the Enduro Cup for the first season with our new second entry.”

The major sponsor for Pye’s 2020 car is yet to be announced.

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