A MIXED BAG FOR REYNOLDS AT THE NTI TOWNSVILLE 500

It was a mixed bag of results for David Reynolds at the NTI Townsville 500, who showed plenty of pace throughout qualifying and the Top 10 Shootouts. The Penrite racer made an impressive start to the weekend, rolling into Friday’s two practice sessions in P6 and P11 respectively.  

It was clear Reynolds was feeling comfortable with the car and continued his solid efforts into qualifying finishing up eighth, scoring a spot in the Top Ten Shootout. Going for his first Townsville pole since 2019, Reynolds just missed out on first place by just 0.0501s to Will Brown.  

“The car was feeling really good. We had plenty of pace in Qualifying and we only just missed out on pole in the shootout, but it was still great to give ourselves a good start for the race,” said Reynolds.  

Tyre degradation was a significant talking point heading into Saturday’s first race at the NTI Townsville 500, with teams last participating in long races back in March at the Thrifty Newcastle 500. There was no denying though that the big power corners and kerbs were bound to put drivers to the test.  

The #26 Penrite Mustang got off to a stellar start and Reynolds managed to stay inside the top 15 for the first half of the race. A Safety Car was deployed and unfortunately the Penrite racer got tapped at the restart, resulting in Reynolds having to limp the Mustang to the finish line in 21st.  

“We were doing so well and had potential to finish inside the top 10. The car was feeling really good, and we were on a two-stop strategy, which seemed to play out well,” said Reynolds.  

“It was just a shame that we got caught up at Turn 1. I lost like forty percent of my rear down force due to damage in the rear end and it went downhill from there.”  

The Penrite racer had high hopes heading into Sunday, who again came out strong and qualified in fourth, giving himself another shot in the Top Ten Shootout. The #26 Penrite Mustang finished up fifth, where he would start from the third row of the grid for the final race of the weekend. 

“We had another fantastic start to the day; we qualified well again and had another crack at the shootout which was lots of fun,” said Reynolds.  

With another 88-laps ahead of them, the team went with a similar set up strategy that they used in qualifying for the Sunday race, however it didn’t pay dividends with the Mustang again struggling for grip. Reynolds pushed hard but P18 was all the Penrite Mustang could achieve.  

“We just couldn’t execute in the race unfortunately. We just struggled to find pace and no matter what we did, the car just didn’t seem to respond. It was a really hard slog,” admitted Reynolds. 

“Plenty of positives to take away from the weekend though, we know we have a fast car. We have qualifying sorted, we just have to work on getting the most out of the car come the races.  

“We’ll regroup and have a look at our set ups before we head to Sydney and hopefully, we can give it another good crack!”  

 The 38-year-old currently sits in twelfth position in the Championship points standings.  

The Repco Supercar Championship next head to the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight 28-30 July.  

 

RESULTS 

Friday 7th July  

Practice 1 – 6th  

Practice 2 – 11th   

Saturday 8th July  

Qualifying – 8th  

Top 10 Shootout – 2nd  

Race 16 – 21st  

Sunday 9th July 

Qualifying – 4th  

Top 10 Shootout – 5th  

Race 17 – 18th  

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