SCOTT Pye and Warren Luff recreated their 2017 Bathurst 1000 performance by recording a surge up the standings again in Sunday’s edition.
Last year the pair flew up from 20th to second at Mount Panorama and this time around the Walkinshaw Andretti United duo achieved the same result from 18th.
Pye and Luff executed their pit strategy flawlessly and by keeping their car out of trouble they were rewarded with a third place standing by the half way point.
With the cramping concern for then-leader Dave Reynolds the Walkinshaw combination moved up another place but they couldn’t stop Craig Lowndes from finding his seventh Bathurst crown.
Pye said there was furious pace over the final third of the race.
“Today we had a really fast car. That second last stint where the gap was around nine seconds to Dave, and we closed it to six, the speed was good," he said.
“Every time I came out of the Elbow I had to breathe a sigh of relief and then work out how I was going to do it again because the pace in that stint was like doing 50 qualifying laps.
“You can never switch off at this place so no matter whether you cross the line in first, second or third there’s going to be a lot of emotion.”
A great run of podium results continued for Luff with Sunday’s result. Of the last three Bathurst 1000s he’s finished he’s had three thirds and two seconds.
Luff said he couldn’t bear to watch the conclusion of the Bathurst race.
“I can’t tell you much about the last 20 laps of our race but I can tell you a lot about the Formula 1. I watched the middle part of that race because I was too nervous to stand in the garage.
“I’m so proud of everyone on the team. We didn’t have a fast car in qualifying but our team never gave up. They got the strategy calls 100 per cent right. This one is definitely down to those guys.”
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