The Great Race proved relentless for Penrite Racing driver David Reynolds and his co-driver, Matt Campbell. It was an eventful lead up to the event, including some doubt as to whether the Repco Bathurst 1000 would go ahead due to the concerning weather forecast. However, wet weather didn’t deter fans or teams as very heavy rain descended over Mount Panorama.

Reynolds is no stranger to a wet Bathurst track, so it was no surprise he finished the first practice session in P4. Campbell also had an impressive run in the co-driver practice session, showing his speed and finishing a comfortable fifth.

It began to take a turn for the worst on Friday, with the combined practice session seeing the #26 Penrite Mustang finishing up 12th. It was up to Reynolds to then qualify the Ford Mustang GT and set the grid position ahead of Sunday’s race. However, the heavy rain continued and made it difficult for Reynolds to cut a flying lap and ultimately finished up P18.

“Qualifying is always crucial, however I just couldn’t get a good lap in. The wet weather made it so tricky, and the track just kept evolving and in the wet, it makes it like a lottery every lap,” said Reynolds.

Saturday was a new day, and the duo were set to roll out for two practice sessions and make the car as fast and as comfortable as possible for the big race. Campbell once again proved his pace during Saturday’s final co-driver only practice session, in yet again wet and slippery conditions. Practice 6 was a combined effort, the final on track session for the pair ahead of Sunday’s big race, where they crossed the line in sixth.

The Mountain continued to surprise both spectators and teams and as torrential rain continued to fall, a surprise decision was made to cancel Saturday’s Top 10 Shootout.

Sunday morning arrived and the weather continued to keep everyone guessing, unsure how much rain (if any) would fall. The cars took to the track for the 20-minute warm up session, with teams giving both drivers a run.

The #26 Penrite Racing Mustang took to the grid ahead of the highly anticipated Great Race in P18, with Campbell at the wheel for the first stint. Although the race started in dry conditions, overnight rain flooded the exit of Turn 1 and parts of the track. As the green lights signalled the start of the race, it wouldn’t be long before the first incident occurred. In true Bathurst style, the opening lap saw chaos unfold and the first Safety Car was called after Jamie Whincup lost traction, tagging Jack Perkins and ultimately causing carnage with a number of cars caught up in the incident.

Immediately after the restart, the race was yet again brought under the control of the Safety Car, this time impacting the Penrite Racing #26 entry. Tickford young gun Zane Goddard attempted an overtake on Greg Murphy and ultimately lost control and ran off into the infield at the end of Conrod Straight. With his foot still on the throttle, Goddard re-joined and consequently speared into Campbell and Brad Jones Racing’s Dale Wood, sending them airborne and spinning. It was evident the Penrite Mustangs’ day was over, all before lap 5.

Reynolds, who hadn’t even stepped into the car was understandably frustrated,

“Bathurst is always unpredictable, but had you asked me on Sunday morning how I thought we’d go, I wouldn’t have thought that we would have been out by lap 5,” admitted Reynolds.

“I’m just glad Matt (Campbell) and everyone else involved is ok. It just really sucks for the team and the sponsors. I feel for everyone. There was nothing Matt could have done in that situation, it was just one of those things, in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I didn’t quality the greatest and so we shouldn’t have been that far back in the pack to begin with. I guess that’s racing.

“We have to look to the next one now at Gold Coast. Unfortunately, there’s some work to be done, but thankfully we do have an amazing crew.”

The Supercars head to the Sunshine Coast for the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, October 28-30.

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  1. Pete B
    Pete B says:

    Such a bummer…. As much as I am a Holden fan it really would have been awesome to see David mixing it up with the top ten towards the end of the race. I always love watching David race and his antics off track!


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