Bathurst podium comes at an opportune time for HSV Racing

Bathurst podium comes at an opportune time for HSV Racing
October 9, 2017 | 3:14 pm | Author: Steven Wright

Scott Pye and Warren Luff drove the ’94 Brock tribute livery to the team’s second podium finish of the year at Mount Panorama under the watchful eye of the Mobil 1 HSV Racing’s newest co-owner Michael Andretti.

During the weekend Walkinshaw Racing announced that Andretti Autosport will become a co-owner of the team with British Sportscar team United Autosports as a minor partner.

United Autosports’ co-owner Zak Brown was busy working for McLaren F1 Team at Suzuka for Japanese GP, but Michael Andretti made the trip to Mount Panorama last weekend for the announcement.

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Pye/Luff’s Bathurst podium came at the right time showing new co-owner Michael Andretti of the upturn in performance. This was also Pye’s best finish at Bathurst, his previous best was 5th last year with D’Alberto and in 2013 with Morris.

Pye hails his co-driver Luff drive during the opening stint against the primary drivers, and that was a defining moment of the race from them after starting down in 20th. Luff found himself as high as eighth before handing the keys to Pye.

“It’s so cool being on the podium at Bathurst,” Pye said.

“I’m so happy to get this result, and so happy for the team as a whole. Everyone here deserves this, they have worked so hard this year. It was difficult out there, the conditions were crazy.”

“Full credit to Luffy, he did a mega job to get us right up there, which set up our day. Safety cars came and went, but we felt like a couple of them didn’t work in our favour, and a couple did.”

“That’s what Bathurst is about, you’ve got to keep looking forward and staying positive. That restart at the end was crazy. It took a while to get going, it was great fun, the conditions at the end made it even better.”

“I’m just rapt for everyone involved.”

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This was Warren Luff’s third Bathurst podium, but second for the Clayton-based team and says the “result like this couldn’t have come at a better time”.

“This is amazing. To be on a Bathurst podium with this team, in this car, is incredible,” Luff said.. Everyone in the team deserves this.

“Everyone in the team deserves this. It’s an amazing event, and to finish the race on a high on the podium, and for it to be Scott’s first here is extra special.”

“There’s been a lot going on with the team with the recent, and exciting announcements of our new partners, so a result like this couldn’t have come at a better time.”

“We had a really good overall day today, everyone played their part, the car was good, and Scott did an incredible job at the end to bring it home in second.”

Mobil 1 HSV Racing will retain both liveries for the next round at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600, October 20-22.

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