FINAL ROUND OF THE 2022 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

The VALO Adelaide 500 will set the final race of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship season this weekend, 1-4 December; returning to the calendar since 2020.

While it’s been a couple of years since Penrite Racing driver David Reynolds took to the streets of Adelaide, a successful round at the Gold Coast 500 has Reynolds eager for more, finishing with a pole position and second place at Surfers Paradise.

“Gold Coast was awesome. I finished up with a pole position and a second place. In the Shootout, my car was on fire. It was one of the best laps I’ve ever done in my life. We made a good change in practice, and it just transformed the car and made it heaps easier,” said Reynolds.

“After leading the race for the first 15 laps or something, Shane (Van Gisbergen’s) car was just too good and I couldn’t hold it for the distance, so second was all I could manage. But I’m still super happy with that. Hopefully we can do it all again this weekend.”

The VALO Adelaide 500 will feature two 250km races, with qualifying on Friday December 1, 5:35pm ACDT, as well as the fan-favourite Top Ten Shootout on Saturday December 2, 12:35pm local time. The Shootout will set the grid for Saturday’s 78-lap race, which will take place at 3:15pm ACDT. Sunday will also see qualifying, followed by another Top Ten Shootout, finished off with the final race of the season at 2:45pm.

“It’s so good to be back at Adelaide again, obviously we haven’t been there for a couple of years and so there’s no doubt the crowds will be big and fans will be eager to get there, which will be awesome,” said Reynolds.

There’s no denying that the Penrite Mustangs take a liking to the street style circuit, but so does Reynolds.

“The track is just a hard-core track. I really enjoy the street-style circuits. They’re fast paced and there’s so much going on. I’ve generally had pretty good results there, so I’m hoping we can finish off on a high,” said Reynolds.

“There has also been some new surfacing, so it’s going to be a bit different to what we’ve raced on there before.”

This weekend will also mark the end of an era for Holden as the Camaro looks to take to the grid as of 2023.

“I’ve been in and out of Holden and Ford teams throughout my racing career and of course it’s sad to see Holden out; but I’m also looking forward to seeing what lies ahead. It’s kind of been a long time coming and there’s been plenty of stepping stones put in place, so it’ll be good to see it all unfold next year,” admitted Reynolds.

Additionally, the Gen3 cars will also set their mark for the new season; something that has been long talked about.

“I’m excited to get into the Gen3 cars. I’ve heard they kind of emulate the car of the past; with less aero, they move around more – so we’ll see,” said Reynolds.

“It’ll be an even ballpark at the start of next year, everyone will be starting the year with a fresh new car; which will be good.

“But first, we’ve got a job to do in Adelaide and I’m hoping that we can finish off on a high and give the team and sponsors what they deserve!”

The Repco Supercars Championship take to the streets of Adelaide for Practice 1 on Thursday 1st December, followed by an action-packed weekend. View the on-track schedule here – https://adelaide500.com.au/the_race/raceday_program/thursday.

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