IMPRESSIVE FINISH FOR REYNOLDS AT MOUNT PANORAMA

David Reynolds and co-driver, Garth Tander have come away with an impressive result at the Repco Bathurst 1000 from the weekend, finishing fifth in the 60th anniversary race. The duo was fast all weekend and as always, The Mountain did not fail to deliver.  

 

After missing out on cutting a single lap in either of the Supercars past two endurance rounds, the anticipation for Reynolds was high to turn some laps. At last year’s Bathurst 1000, the 38-year-olds race was cut short after co-driver, Matt Campbell was taken out in lap 5. The bad luck continued for Reynolds at last month’s Sandown event, when a wheel came loose during Tander’s stint.  

 

“Motor racing can be tough,” said Reynolds.  

 

“We’ve had a bit of bad luck. Sometimes you can have really great races, and sometimes not so much. For some reason, my bad luck seems to happen when the car is feeling fast. 

 

“I was just hoping that nothing was going to happen in the opening stint this year, so that I could have a crack and jump in the seat!”  

 

The #26 Penrite Racing pair were strong in all sessions leading up to the big race, and although not for track position, bragging rights were high with three second place finishes in the practice sessions. Reynolds did a mega job in qualifying, placing sixth and ultimately giving him a spot in the Top Ten Shootout.  

 

With the track to himself, the pressure was on. Times were tight and although Reynolds’ flying lap was impressive with no errors, the 2017 Bathurst winner finished with a 2:05.1512 in seventh, putting him on the fourth row of the grid for the big race.  

 

“The car felt fast all weekend. We rolled out for the practice sessions, and it was a good feeling to be sitting comfortably up the top. There were two sessions where we sat further down, as we were trying some different set ups – but the team did a really good job identifying what worked and what didn’t,” said Reynolds.  

 

“Garth did a fantastic job all weekend too. He has so much knowledge and it’s been great having him as part of the team. It’s hard to call him a co-driver really.  

 

“It’s always really special to be able to run in the Top Ten Shootout. Having the track to yourself for one lap is pretty incredible. I knew it would be tough against the Camaros, but I managed to cut a solid lap; there wasn’t much in it, but glad I could hang on for seventh.”  

 

The much-anticipated ‘Bathurst Day’ was filled with perfect weather and the colourful Bathurst fans. Tander started the race and completed his first stint without drama and sat comfortably inside the top four, handing it over smoothly to Reynolds on lap 26. 

 

However, it would be a Safety Car breach called against Reynolds that would prove a pivotal moment. The penalty came as Reyolds overtook Brock (Feeney), although only for a split second, before he redressed and handed Feeney back third place under the Safety Car. With fans and commentators confused with the penalty, a pit lane penalty (PLP) would be served, pushing the #26 Mustang down the bottom of the leaderboard.  

 

Although early days, the #25 Penrite Mustang pushed on, fighting hard through the pack; with Tander also dominating in his stint yet again. The pair patiently picked up positions as ‘The Mountain’ randomly consumed competitors in its own mystical way including Dale Wood in the Brad Jones Racing Camaro, which ultimately brought out a safety car.
The carnage continued with the likes of Cam Waters and James Moffat, Mark Winterbottom and Michael Caruso as well as Tim Blanchard and Todd Hazlewood, all falling victim to the legacy of the Mount Panorama, with either mechanical failures or Race Control ending their hopes.  

 

A late gearbox issue for Brock Feeney elevated Reynolds into fifth position on lap 137, which is where they would finish. 

 

“I’m wrapped to have come away with fifth,” said Reynolds.  

 

“We got a pit lane penalty and still managed to finish up the top, so I’m pretty stoked with that.  

 

“The team did a mega job in giving us a fast car all weekend, and of course Garth did a great job; I wouldn’t expect any less. A really good result for the team overall.  

 

“I can’t wait to get to Gold Coast in a couple of weeks and do it all again. I’ve had some good results there, so hopefully we can go a few better and get a podium finish!”  

 

The Repco Supercars Championship next head to the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, 27-29 October.  

 

Results 

Thursday 5th October 

Practice 1 – 5th  

Practice 2 – 2nd  

 

Friday 6th October 

Practice 3 – 2nd  

Practice 4 – 18th  

Qualifying – 6th  

 

Saturday 7th October 

Practice 5 – 2nd  

Practice 6th – 13th  

Top Ten Shootout – 7th  

 

Sunday 8th October 

Race 24 – 5th  

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