Hometown advantage: Reynolds’ Winton Supercars Preview

David Reynolds will take a home-track advantage into this weekend’s Round 5 of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship. The Pizza Hut Winton SuperSprint takes place in Benalla in Northern Victoria, a short distance from Reynolds’ Albury roots.

“It’s always good to be back at Winton, especially since we haven’t been here since 2019,” Reynolds said. “We come off the back of a great run with a string of podiums, and we were close with a fourth in Perth, so we’re looking to get back up there.”

Heading into Winton, Reynolds is seventh in the championship on 709 points, with only 42 points between the #26 Penrite Mustang driver and third place in the standings. This weekend will see 100 points awarded for a race win in each of the three races; to secure 42 points only a 14th place is required. Reynolds’ average finishing position so far in 2022 is 7.4, which he’ll be out to improve.

“Out of testing our car was very fast – I’ve never done a 1:18 there in my life, and I was comfortably doing it on older tyres. Either the track was really good, or my car was really good, we’ll find out this weekend.”

Winton Raceway will use the 3.0-kilometre National configuration this weekend, with the lap record around the 12-turn layout currently 1:19.7902, set back in 2016.

“I know the Red Bull cars are generally good here and fast in the races, and the DJR [Dick Johnson Racing] cars are especially fast here as they’ve got so much turn and so much front grip, but hopefully we can match them and do a better job and get our tyres up to temperature,” Reynolds explained.

“That’s going to be secret because it’s so cold; getting your tyres up for first lap in qualifying’s going to be key. We’re on the super softs tyre this weekend, and it is a traditional sprint round so there’s three races and three qualifying sessions, so plenty of chances to win races.”

In back-to-back racing weekends, Reynolds comes off the back of competing in the Bathurst 12 Hour, where he had a challenging drive to finish eleventh overall in the #24 C-Tech Laser/AFS Logistics/One Ledger Accountants #24 Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II.

“The 12-hour was pretty cool – those cars are very fast, very cool to drive. There were three drivers: myself, Tony [Bates] and Cam Waters. I did the morning stint and was scared s**tless!,” said Reynolds.

“[It] Probably shouldn’t have run that way – it was pitch black, 5:15 in the morning, heavy fog in some areas, I had about 50 metres of visibility – so I basically no idea where I was going, even though I know track back to front – and everyone goes ‘You could probably drive around there blindfolded’ – and now that I’ve basically been blindfolded, I don’t want to drive around there blindfolded! It was way too hectic. It was pretty scary – 50 metres of visibility doing 280 kays, it was not ideal.”

The 2022 Pizza Hut Winton SuperSprint begins with Practice at 08:50 AEST on Saturday May 21, with live coverage on Fox Sports and Kayo, and delayed telecasts on Seven. Tickets are available here.

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