A WEEKEND TO FORGET FOR REYNOLDS AT THE BEAUREPAIRES MELBOURNE SUPERSPRINT

Usually, a happy hunting ground for David Reynolds, the Beaurepaires Melbourne SuperSprint was not so kind this weekend to the 2017 Bathurst Champion. The 37-year-old took out two second place trophies last year at Albert Park, however this year it just wasn’t meant to be.  

A support category to the Formula One Series, the Repco Supercars Championship kicked off on Thursday with a busy day of two practice sessions, two qualifying sessions and Race 3.  

Reynolds struck the weekend off on a high, finishing fifth and sixth respectively in the practice sessions. A dismal first qualifying saw Reynolds finish the session in P18, although managed to redeem himself for Q2 and was the fastest Mustang, placing sixth. 

Unfortunately, the first race of the weekend didn’t go to plan and tyre strategy was challenging. The Penrite Racing Team opted to start the race with hard tyres, unsure how the Super Soft tyre would wear. With a 19-lap race, there was minimal room for error and 19th was where the #26 Penrite Racing Mustang would finish.  

Reynolds was hopeful of better results come Friday and starting from the third row of the grid, there was opportunity for a top five finish. Unfortunately though, it wasn’t long before bad luck struck and on the first corner, the Penrite Racing Mustang was spun around and sent into the sand and one lap down, P23 was the result. 

Saturday continued to be gloomy for Reynolds, qualifying at the rear of the field in both sessions and finishing 14th for Race 5. It was evident that the racing Gods were not on his side. 

Sunday was the final day for redemption and with a whole of 13-laps, Reynolds did just that. Starting from last, the Penrite racer managed to make up 16 positions and finished the weekend on a high in eighth.   

Hear from Reynolds below:  

“It was a bit of a shocker Australian Grand Prix. I can’t believe what happened to me. I made two mistakes; I had a lot of bad luck and I got crashed into a couple of times! I got caught up in the sand, someone crashed into me in qualifying, I just couldn’t catch a break.  

“I can’t believe the luck I had. Nothing worked and every decision we made between weather and tyres it was the complete wrong decision. If we did the opposite of what we were thinking, we would have been a lot better off. It was one of those weekends where nothing made sense, there were cars on fire – which is why we had to have a rolling start for the last race. We couldn’t have our cars stationary on the grid on the limiter because it made too much fuel vapour in the catch can and that’s what was causing the cars to catch fire. So, it wasn’t great news for the category!  

“But anyway, I made a few mistakes myself; two of them to be fair which were quite big mistakes in qualifying. Especially with such short sessions you can’t make mistakes in qualifying, and I was basically starting last except for one race, which I ended up getting turned around at the first corner and put in the sand and I was a lap down. It was just one of those weekends where pretty much nothing was going my way.  

“The last Race was great though, it was my silver lining. It was my knight in shining armour, where I started from last and in 12-laps I made up 16 spots somehow and I only passed five cars on track and the rest was done in pitlane. We had a really great pitstop that race, a really good strategy, things actually worked in my favour – one out of the four races; and we ended up coming out eighth from 24th, which was extraordinary.  

“But… we have these weekends in our sport and it’s how you bring yourself back and fuel yourself and the team full of confidence and come back better for the next round. We still have ten rounds left, so still a lot left to go!  

“Onwards and upwards to Perth!” 

The Repco Supercars Championship head across to WA for the Perth SuperSprint 28-30 April. 

 

RESULTS  

Thursday 30th March  

Practice 1 – 5th  

Practice 2 – 6th  

Qualifying Race 3 – 18th  

Qualifying Race 4 – 6th   

Race 3 – 19th  

Friday 31st March 

Race 4 – 23rd  

Saturday 1st April 

Qualifying Race 5 – 24th  

Qualifying Race 6 – 26th   

Race 5 – 14th  

Sunday 2nd April  

Race 6 – 8th 

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