David Reynolds has endured another mixed weekend of results at the WD-40 Townsville SuperSprint. Whilst Saturday’s practice session yielded a P12, qualifying proved less successful with Reynolds failing to improve on his pace ending the session in P15 and failing to make the Top 10 Shootout.
“We’re not where we wanted to be – I went into the session pretty confident we could make another Top 10 Shootout,” declared the Penrite Racing star.
Race 17 proved equally challenging. At times the #26 Mustang looked like it had the pace to challenge for the top 10 – but it wasn’t to be, Reynolds completing the sprint race in P16.
Overnight the Penrite Racing engineers devised another set up and alternate strategy to make the car faster. It immediately yielded results, with Reynolds qualifying fifth for Race 18 and seventh for Race 19. It gave the team an injection of much needed confidence.
“Sunday was much better. The car felt really fast and it gave me a serious chance at a podium,” Reynolds said.
Very hot conditions greeted the grid for Race 18 with Reynolds battling packs of aggressive competitors. Early signs proved promising but as the race continued the Penrite Racing Mustang just didn’t have the pace to keep up with the front markers, eventually fading to finish 9th.
In what would be a mirror finish to last weekend’s final event, Race 19 left the fans and Reynolds wondering what could have been. A steering failure in the closing stages of the race ruined what otherwise should have been a top 5 finish. Reynolds lamented the late failure, stranded in the pits for several laps.
“What a devastating way to finish the round. We were on for a top result and we badly needed those points. I had to wait in the pits for a lot of time and by the time we re-entered the race there was not much to do other than circulate and just finish the race,” explained Reynolds.
“I feel like we made big gains, but we need to pull it all together next round to stay in touch with the top 10 in the Championship. I want to thank my team for all their dedication over the past few weeks – we’ve been away from home a long time now and they were all just amazing. Super proud of everyone.”
The Repco Supercars Championship next round is to be confirmed with some reports Queensland Raceway will host the next round. Reynolds currently sits 15th in the Championship standings.