Pye crashes out in Supercars practice

Ford driver Scott Pye has avoided injury after a high-speed crash in practice at Queensland Raceway on Saturday.

Pye’s DJR/Team Penske Falcon speared off the 3.12km circuit entering turn three during final practice for this weekend’s Ipswich SuperSprint Supercars event.

The 26-year-old’s car careered into a tyre bundle, sending tyres flying over a perimeter fence and forcing at least one photographer to scramble for safety.

Pye climbed out of the stricken car and managed to walk unaided to the medical car for a check-up.

Team officials suggested he’d suffered brake failure and the amount of damage to the car’s front end makes it unlikely he’ll be on the grid for Saturday’s 120km race.

Holden’s Jamie Whincup, chasing his 100th career race win, topped the timesheets in the session with a fastest lap of one minute and 10.1028 seconds.

Defending series champion Mark Winterbottom was second fastest while another Ford, Chris Pither, was third fastest.

Qualifying for Saturday’s race starts at 1.30pm with the 39-lap race to start at 4.10pm.

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