After mixed results at Darwin, David Reynolds was determined to redeem himself at Townsville on the weekend. The Penrite racer was able to qualify well across the weekend, however, struggled to hold pace for the races.
It wasn’t all bad though, the 35-year old managed to place as high as second in Saturday’s shootout session and crossed the line as low as 11th in Sunday’s final race; consistently inside the top fifteen for the weekend.
Reynolds started Saturday’s race from the front row of the grid after a stellar lap in the shootout. Unfortunately, the #9 Commodore’s start to the race cost him a few positions and the Penrite car was playing chasey in P3. By lap 17, Reynolds made his stop for two new right-hand side tyres and emerged back into third. As the race went on, Reynolds struggled to contest for a podium position as his older tyres wore and had to settle for fifth.
“Saturday was definitely a much better day than where we had previously been at the last two events,” admitted Reynolds.
“It was great to finish up second in the shootout, a mega effort by everyone. It’s a shame I got a terrible start in the race as I struggled to gain positions after that.
“I found my car was harder to drive with a heavy tank, though as the tank got lighter it got easier, however by that stage I wasn’t quite in contention for a podium.”
Sunday, Reynolds qualified well again in fifth and sixth respectively. The first race of the day saw the two Penrite cars line up on the third row of the grid and this time the #9 Commodore got a better start, slotting into P4 ahead of Cam Waters by the first turn. At the end of lap 19, Reynolds pulled into the pits for three fresh tyres and re-joined in 17th. After the field had cycled through their compulsory pit stops, Reynolds was able to claw his way back up and finished P10.
Starting from sixth for race 21, another great start saw Reynolds pick up a position; and this time the team opted to pit earlier on lap 14. After the rest of the field had completed their stops, Reynolds settled into P7. The Penrite racer did his best to hold on, but it was those with fresher tyres that came out on top and in the end the #9 Commodore crossed the line in P11.
“We did well again in qualifying on the Sunday, I didn’t quite get the most out of my lap in the first session and the second session I did a better job, but the result didn’t show,” said Reynolds.
“I seemed to have a bit of grief with my front tyres. I’m using up too much steering to get around the corners and it’s using up my tyres. We have a bit of homework to do this week, with another five days turn around and back at this circuit again.
“If we can use practice more efficiently for our race runs, I think we’ll be better off.”
The Virgin Australia Supercars have five days to prepare before taking on the second event at the Townsville street track for the Robson Civil Projects Townsville SuperSprint 5-6 September.
Saturday 29th August
Practice 1 – 8th
Practice 2 – 6th
Qualifying (Race 19) – 2nd
Race 19 – 5th
Sunday 30th August
Qualifying (Race 20) – 5th
Qualifying (Race 21) – 6th
Race 20 – 10th
Race 21 – 11th