“IT’S GOING TO BE A FUNNY WEEKEND”: REYNOLD’S BATHURST PREVIEW

David Reynolds has hit the track running at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, ahead of this weekend’s Repco Bathurst 1000 endurance race. The famed 161-lap endurance race will see 28 cars start the only tandem race of the year, with Reynolds sharing the #26 Penrite Racing Mustang with Porsche factory driver, Australian Matt Campbell.

The race has hit the headlines already with significant rain forecast for the event, with campers already stationed at the famous venue moved to higher ground as the grey clouds continue to deliver soggy wet campgrounds and a challenge on track for the drivers.

“This is going to be a funny weekend, because it’s absolutely pouring at the minute – and apparently it’s going stay this way for the race” Reynolds said. “We’ll see what happens, we’ll keep checking it – but these are the hard times as a driver and as a team. You just have to manage the conditions and not make stupid errors and stupid mistakes; that’s how we won it in 2017 – we did everything correctly, didn’t overextend ourselves in the race and we pushed when it mattered.”

This weekend’s Repco Bathurst 1000 is the tenth round of the 2022 Repco Supercars championship and saw two practice sessions kick off the event yesterday. The first saw Reynolds fourth-fastest in a session cut short by a red flag, strongly backed up in the second co-driver only session with Matt Campbell fifth fastest.

Today will see additional practice and qualifying before Saturday’s legendary Top Ten Shootout. Teams will have one practice session ahead of Sundays race – 161 laps around the undulating 6.213km Mount Panorama circuit.

“This is the biggest race of the year, the only one everyone really, really cares about,” Reynolds said. “The last few weeks we’ve just been trying to get ready for this race. We completed a test day after the last round and Matt Campbell, my co-driver, came down for it. He was only a couple of tenths off me in testing, which was really good – that’s what you want. He’s done this race heaps of times and he’s arguably one of the best drivers in the world, so I’m not worried about him or his pace at all”.

Reynolds and Campbell are working on their processes and procedures through each session, and given the forecast are preparing for a wet weather event.

“We’re just trying to double, triple check everything and have everything correct, and have it right come Sunday,” said Reynolds. “You don’t want a bad car here in the wet over six hours or seven hours, that’s horrific. On these types of [wet] days it doesn’t really matter where you qualify: if your car’s good in the wet you can make heaps of spots. Our general pace of our car in the wet has been quite good – quite spectacular in areas – so if that’s going to the case I’m really looking forward to the race.”

Today’s action starts with the first of two practice sessions at 10:10am AEDT with qualifying at 4:15pm AEDT.

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