Formula Ford – Problematic Nurburgring Outing For Pye

July 6, 2011

Formula Ford

Round 5 of the Cooper Tires Formula 3 International Series is one that Australian driver Scott Pye would like to forget, unable to convert promising pace to the points he sought at the Nurburgring circuit.

Pye was hovering around the back end of the top end in qualifying before he and a number of other drivers were hit with a five-place penalty for setting a fast sector while a yellow flag was being waved.

He slipped from P12 to P17 on the grid as a result but his troubles didn’t end there.

The Double R Racing pilot was left stranded at the start line in race 1 when he failed to slip the clutch enough to engage drive, stalling and slipping to 21st place.

He fought his way back to P12, an impressive charge and a result evident of his pace and racecraft.

Race 2 offered promise but a tight battle for position throughout the race saw the Mt Gambier-born driver only able to make up a couple of places for P10.

Pye struggled again in race 3 and lost traction resulted in a loss of track position. 12th overall for the weekend was the end result for the frustrated driver.

“It was a tough weekend,” Pye admitted. “In Race two I fought from p12 to p10 in the opening lap but unfortunately when the race settled down that’s all i could do.

“I made some aggressive moves but unfortunately when I got through to p12 the gap was over 5 seconds to the next pack.

“We didn’t run the correct level of downforce for the conditions and it really hurt me and my team mate.

“The pace was very good throughout the weekend but it was just a shame I had the dramas at the start otherwise I think we should have been well inside the top 10,” Pye concluded.

Scott Pye and Double R Racing will head back and prepare for Round 6 of the Cooper Tires Formula 3 International Series being hosted at the Paul Ricard circuit, France from the 16th- 17th July

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