"We rolled out and we felt we were pretty competitive straight away," Pye said.
"The track today was fairly fast - we went a fair way from our base setup which was intentional, we'd planned a few things to go through, so we kept the mechanics quite busy."
Pye's Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver Ash Walsh drove a handful of laps, but was also busy with his Dunlop Series team testing there. Walsh currently leads by 47 points and will be out on-track in the series at the Coates Hire Ipswich 400, with a dedicated co-driver test on the cards prior to Sandown.
"That's his first laps really in the car this year ... We'll put him in later in the year and he'll get plenty of laps then. It was good to chuck him in and make sure he fitted and everything worked well for him today."