The DJR Team Penske-era began with a bang. A suspected steering arm failure pitched Scott Pye into Sulman Park wall on lap 138. As Pye was transferred to hospital with suspected rib fractures, the Safety Car period his crash triggered handed the lead to the Craig Lowndes/ Steven Richards Commodore. It was a lead #888 would not relinquish. Meantime, Pye’s co-driver Marcos Ambrose farewelled Bathurst winless.