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Supercars crash leaves Pye cursing luck

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/07/2016 Ed Jackson

He's unhurt but Supercars driver Scott Pye is cursing his luck after a high-speed crash at Queensland Raceway on Saturday.

Pye was taking part in the final practice session for this weekend's Ipswich SuperSprint when his DJR/Team Penske Ford suffered brake failure and arrowed off the 3.12km circuit.

The 26-year-old was a passenger as his Falcon ploughed into a tyre bundle at turn three, the impact crumpling the front of the car and sending it into the air.

Fortunately Pye walked away unharmed from the crash but it's the last thing he needs as he tries to earn a new drive for next year after being told he will be replaced at his current team by young New Zealander Scott McLaughlin.

"It's not the time when I need to be out of the car," Pye said.

"I want to be in it, doing the best that I can."

Pye's team are confident he'll be able to line-up for Saturday's 120km race after a rapid rebuild of his Falcon's front-end in a small consolation.

It's Pye's third serious crash in his Supercars career.

In 2013 he crashed at 160km/h during the event at Symmons Plains in Tasmania after brake failure while an accident late in the 2015 Bathurst 1000 race left him in hospital with broken ribs.

"You'd think a brake failure or a throttle jam was once in a lifetime but two in a a few years is not a nice feeling," he said.

"We'll bounce back."

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