Fresh Supercars challenge lifts Pye

Scott Pye expects the challenge of moving to a new team to spark his Supercars season in 2020.

SCOTT PYE.
SCOTT PYE. Picture: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

After three mixed seasons at Walkinshaw Racing, Supercars driver Scott Pye is relishing a fresh start in 2020.

The 30-year-old has moved to be the second driver at Charlie Schwerkolt Racing where he'll be the teammate of veteran Mark Winterbottom.

Pye took the covers off his No.20 DeWalt Racing Commodore on Wednesday ahead of the season-opening Adelaide 500 and expressed his excitement at the switch.

"A new team, a new number in 20 on the door, a new sponsor, and a new challenge," Pye said.

"I'm really excited to be teaming up with a new team-mate in Frosty as well so I'm really pumped to see what we can achieve at Team 18 this season in the Supercars Championship."

Mentored by Craig Lowndes as a youngster, Pye has gone on to compete in over 200 Supercars races since debuting as a full-time driver in 2013.

After being squeezed out of DJR Team Penske in 2016, Pye moved to ex-Holden factory outfit Walkinshaw Racing.

He claimed his sole Supercars race win with the team in 2018, going on to finish a career-high seventh on the championship standings that year.

Last year Pye didn't get on the podium however as both he and Walkinshaw teammate James Courtney endured difficult campaigns with the team opting not to retain either driver for 2020.

Pye believes the change of scenery had already spiked his motivation levels for the year ahead.

"I'm super excited to be in this car this year with a proper package and working with a team that's really motivated and extremely talented," he said.


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