David Reynolds – Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Wrap Up

School is out for the year and although it wasn’t quite the way we were wanting to finish the season; we came away with sixth in the Championship and fifth in the Teams points.

Friday, we rolled out pretty strong finishing with a 2nd and 5th. It took a little while to find our groove and the field was extremely close. The top eight were less than a tenth and a half between each other, there wasn’t much in it at all.

Come Saturday we didn’t qualify the best, with 9th but it was enough to put us through to the Top Ten Shootout. I then managed to pick up a couple of spots to place us 7th on the grid ahead of the race. I got a relatively good start and got lucky when Whincup went spearing off, finishing just short of a podium in 4th.

Qualifying is key around Newcastle and so my aim was so obviously qualify well on Sunday. I managed to get a spot in the Shootout again and went from 8th to 7th. Unfortunately, I was caught up in a racing incident and was pushed into the tyre barrier on the opening lap. This forced me to take an unscheduled stop through pit lane to repair the damage. I was able to gain some positions when a Safety Car was brought out, which enabled me to get the lap back that I had lost. From there, 16th was all I could manage.

It was a tough weekend. It was a little disappointing as we know we had the pace both days, but we just couldn’t turn it into the results we wanted. We just have to go into the break with some solid plans for next year and come back refreshed and ready to fight and get the results we know we are more than capable of getting.

A big thanks to all the crew for their hard work this season as well as all of my sponsors and supporters!

Looking forward to the break and seeing you all next year!






Friday 22nd November

Practice 1 – 2nd  

Practice 2 – 5th


Saturday 23rd November

Qualifying – 9th

Top Ten Shootout – 7th

Race 31 – 4th


Sunday 24th November

Qualified – 8th

Top Ten Shootout – 7th

Race 32 – 16th

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