V8 Supercars debutante Scott Pye became the latest driver to take the covers off the car he will be racing for the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship season, which kicks off this weekend with his home race, the Adelaide Clipsal 500.
“"Not many drivers have the opportunity to debut at their home circuit, so it’s quite surreal that I have the chance to race in front of my home crowd this weekend," the rookie driver said at the livery launch last night in Adelaide.
Pye was announced one of two drivers who would race for the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport team in 2013, with the team expanding to a two-car operation after successfully purchasing one of the Racing Entitlements Contracts owned by Paul Morris Motorsport. His team-mate will be former Dick Johnson Racing driver Dean Fiore, who will race in Dodo Insurance’s colours.
Pye’s #80 Holden Commodore VF – which is built by Triple Eight Engineering – will carry the colours of finance and investment firm EKOL, giving the car a distinctive yellow livery scheme. The car also carries the sponsorship of brokerage group iSelect, as well as significant backing from perennial series sponsor Hog’s Breath Café.
Pye finished second overall in last year’s V8 Development Series Championship, and clocked a very impressive sixth-fastest time at the pre-season test session at Sydney Motorsport Park a fortnight ago.
“"The car was really good at the test," Pye said. "We used both hard and soft tyres throughout the day and I’m sure there’s a lot more to come as I gain more experience.