David Reynolds – Sandown 500 Preview

I’m really pumped to be heading into the first round of the Endurance campaign – the Sandown 500. What better way to kick it off than to go back in time and get into the spirit with the retro event!

We’ve had a lot of fun getting involved and unveiling our retro livery – based off the Chickadee inspired Toyota Celica driven by Bailey and Allan Grice who took out the 1986 Bathurst 1000, just weeks after they finished third at the Sandown 500. I feel very privileged to be sporting these colours and I can’t wait to get it out onto the track.

Sandown’s a fun weekend for us, it’s kind of a warm up and lead up to Bathurst 1000, so it sets up all your processes for your driver changes, pit stops and gives your co-driver a chance to cut some laps before we go to the big one!

The circuit length is 3.10km, the average speed is about 165km/h and the top speed is 270km/h, which is achieved along the back straight heading into turn six, which is commonly known as – Dandenong Road!

It’s not a great track in the wet, the surface is really old and it’s really bumpy. Turn 2 is the worst part of the track when it’s wet, as there is no grip through there.  So this weekend will certainly prove interesting.

I can’t wait to jump back in the car with my co – driver, Luke!

We hit the track for the first practice session Friday 14th September at 10:40am.

Hope to see you there!

DR

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