Pye: Hit as big as any I've ever had

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 12/10/2014
  • By V8 Supercars

Scott Pye says his Falcon slamming into the wall at Conrod Straight was as big as any hit he has ever had.

And he's had a few, including a huge smash in his debut year in Tasmania, and two rounds agoat Eastern Creek.

Young gun Pye - who had been billed as an outside chance for the podium - suffered from a delaminated tyre which fired him into the fence at the fastest part of the cirucit.

Earlier in today's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, he had already hit the tyresat turn two and was back on-track after the team patched up the Ford.

"In terms of force it was as big as any I've had," he told

When asked if he was ok, Pye half-joked: "I seem to be getting asked the same questions every weekend.

"I'm fine, I'm not hurt or anything like that ...we were on old tyres then, we'd double stinted those tyres and were going to go three sets of greens until the end. It was gutting.

"The car was quick, and to stay with the leaders, it was mega."

Pye said the tyre came completely off the rim.

"The rear right went and sent me out left, obviously.

"The most disappointing thing is we got the second lease of life with that Safety Car - we had a great car, I think we were a lot quicker than the guys in front of us considering our tyre condition."

Thecar actually lifted in the air after the impact, Pye said.

"It sent me so hard into the wall that one foot came off the brake pedal and went all the way to the firewall between the pedals, and I got my foot jammed between the clutch and the brake pedal ... It's just not our day, not DJR's day."

It's been a horror run for Dick Johnson Racing at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, with the sister car retiring six laps earlier when leading the race.

The team had already repaired Pye's car after a high impact smash at Eastern Creek, two events ago, and Pye and Walsh were strong performers at the last event at Sandown, coming home fifth behind the Red Bull and Holden Racing Team Commodores.

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