Scott Pye will play no part in next week’s ITM400 Auckland after his car sustained huge damage in the final race at the Symmons Plains circuit in Tasmania.
Pye was lucky to walk away from the incident with just a sprained wrist and a headache, when his ekol Racing Holden collided head on with the Turn 2 exit wall at high speed, the impact launching the Triple Eight-built Holden airbourne.
After the race, team owner Lucas Dumbrell said given the extent of the damage to the VF Commodore, Pye’s car would not be repaired in time to be flown to New Zealand with the remaining 27 cars, and the team will only field one car at the Pukekohe round.
Unfortunately for the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport team, its chassis supplier Triple Eight Race Engineering, do not have a spare car that conforms to the 2013 technical regulations, leaving Pye sidelined. However, it is expected the team will avoid a penalty for missing the race given the circumstances.
An investigation into the cause of the brake failure is currently underway.