It was a tough run at the Hidden Valley circuit on the weekend. Penrite racer David Reynolds hoped to improve on his results from the previous weekend, but with tenths between the field, results didn’t quite reflect Reynolds’ true car speed.
A best of 10th on Sunday was the 35-year old’s greatest result for the weekend, with set up and tyre strategy key components. All teams were allocated a total of five sets of soft compound tyres, however the #9 Commodore found it hard to find speed and fight up the pointy end of the field.
Saturday the Albury-bred racer fell just short of the top fifteen shoot-out, managing 16th. Opting to stay out longer for the race and pitting for two left-hand tyres, as well as a quick pit stop; was not enough to see him finish inside the top ten and had to settle for 12th across the line.
“We rolled out of the garage on Saturday relatively well, but lost our way with the setup a bit,” admitted Reynolds.
“We struggled with understeer and didn’t gain as much as what we thought from the last weekend.
“In the race we opted to run long as the longer I ran the better I felt, because the car balances up the front and rear tyre life. I managed to have a few good battles at the end, but otherwise I only managed to make up a few spots.”
Sunday’s qualifying sessions Reynolds placed 17th and 12th respectively and only 2.5 tenths off pole in the second qualifying session. The Penrite racer was able improve positions in both races bringing home the Penrite Commodore in 16th and 10th.
“We had two weekends in a row at Hidden Valley and unfortunately, I don’t think we improved in the way we would have liked,” said Reynolds.
“I think my car is a bit more suited to the hard tyre, relative to the field and for some reason when we put the soft tyre on, it didn’t seem to turn on and make as much grip as I’d have liked. Usually it’s the opposite, which is a bit strange.”
“Although we tried a range of different things and set ups, we were only good enough for tenth. The field is really tight, and everyone is doing a great job. There’s only a very small margin separating everyone.
“We now have five days to turn the car around again for Townsville, so we’ll work hard during the week and hopefully come back better next weekend.”
The Virgin Australia Supercars head to North Queensland for the third consecutive race weekend of the Series for the NTI Townsville SuperSprint 29-30 August.
Saturday 22nd August
Practice 1 – 15th
Practice 2 -17th
Qualifying (Race 16) – 16th
Race 16 – 12th
Sunday 23rd August
Qualifying (Race 17) – 17th
Qualifying (Race 18) – 12th
Race 17 – 16th
Race 18 – 10th