FRUSTRATION FOR REYNOLDS AT THE NTI TOWNSVILLE 500

The Reid Park Street Circuit in Townsville is known for its challenging attributes and last weekend was no exception. David Reynolds, driver of Team 18 and their #20 TRADIE Beer Racing entry felt the brunt of the unforgiving street circuit, unable to break through the pack and place higher than 15th across the weekend.  

 

Friday’s practice session kick started Reynolds’ bad luck, with engine dramas holding back the #20 TRADIE Beer Racing Camaro.  

 

“It wasn’t the best weekend,” admitted Reynolds.  

 

“It all started on Friday, and it took us until Friday night to figure out what was going on. We had a dud engine which had a cracked piston, so I was about three tenths down just in straight line speed during Friday’s practice sessions.  

 

“Unfortunately, from there we struggled to climb back up really. Our car was quite slow, so we tried to change the set up to suit accordingly to try and fix our deficiency – which we were never going to get back.” 

 

Although the Team worked hard in preparing the car ahead of Saturday, in hopes of gearing in a better set up; it just wasn’t meant to be for the Team 18 squad.   

 

“Come Saturday we rolled out with a completely different car instead of backing ourselves with what we know and ended up qualifying 21st.  

 

“That of course didn’t put us in a great position come the race, but I worked really hard for the entire 88 laps to finish 15th. Unfortunately, the car just didn’t have the pace.” 

 

Sunday saw a slight improvement in qualifying, with Reynolds finishing 16th ahead of the final race; however, it wasn’t enough to put the #20 TRADIE Beer Racing entry towards the pointy end of the grid.  

 

“Sunday, we tried to find more speed, but we struggled again and only managed to qualify 16th,” said Reynolds.  

 

“We just couldn’t find the right set up and there’s one part in our car that we ran too aggressively that essentially counter acts every other part of our car, so we’ve got to work hard to better understand the set up and what works, especially for tricky street circuits like Townsville.  

 

“It was a weekend that didn’t really go our way, but hey that’s motor racing!  

 

“We’ll regroup and go again for the next one in Sydney, which isn’t far away!”  

 

The Repco Supercars have a short break in between the next round, with Team 18 opting to stay in North Queensland to prepare the car; before sending it on the truck on Thursday which will then head across to Sydney for the SuperNight round 19 – 21 July.  

 

Results 

Friday 5th July 

Practice 1 – 16th  

Practice 2 – 15th  

 

Saturday 6th July  

Qualifying (Race 13) – 21st  

Race 13 – 15th  

 

Sunday 7th July  

Qualifying (Race 14) – 16th  

Race 14 – 22nd  

 

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