MIXED WEEKEND FOR REYNOLDS AT THE SYDNEY SUPERNIGHT

The Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight delivered yet another weekend of highs and lows for David Reynolds.  

The two-day event kicked off with two practice sessions on Saturday and qualifying. The Penrite racer struggled to find pace initially in the practice sessions, finishing 16th and 14th respectively.  

After a few changes, the team was able to find some much-needed speed for qualifying and just missed out on the top ten, just 0.3908s from first place. 

“We rolled out for practice, and we weren’t very fast at all. We were struggling quite bad,” said Reynolds.  

“So, we worked really hard on making the cars faster and tried a heap of different set up options on both cars and we got a really good direction. We went into qualifying with the unknown and the car was actually quite fast, or at least much better than what it was in practice. We just missed the top ten by half a tenth of a second, which is nothing.”  

The Penrite Racing Team had opted for the #26 Mustang to run with a one-stop strategy for the 51-lap race, with the first half of the race looking set for a positive finish. After the conclusion of the CPS, Reynolds became a passenger after a bolt became loose in the steering, sending the Mustang into the wall.  

“In the first race, we were trucking along ok. We had decided to go with a one-stop strategy and just after the pitstop, I was travelling into Turn 9 and a bolt came loose and there wasn’t much I could do. I went straight into the wall at 200km/h. I haven’t had a hit like that for about nine years, so I was a little bit winded,” admitted Reynolds. 

“We were going along well and had the potential to have a decent finish, so it was really disappointing. 

“The car had a decent amount of damage, I felt real bad for the crew. They worked tirelessly into the early hours of the morning to get it ready for Sunday.”  

It was straight into the 15-minute qualifying session on Sunday, with Reynolds turning heads and placing eighth after incredible efforts from the team to get the car repaired. However, bad luck struck again after contact from another car forced the #26 Penrite Mustang into Will Brown, spearing both cars off the track.  

Reynolds managed to return to the track and pushed to the end; however, 20th was all he could manage.  

“We just couldn’t catch a break. The car was feeling really good after Saturday, and we managed to qualify eighth,” said Reynolds.  

 “We then had a crash at Turn 1 due to no fault of my own and ended up 20th.  

“So, all in all it was a really, really, tough weekend; mentally and emotionally. We worked really hard and got no reward for it.  

 “Onwards and upwards to Adelaide!”  

 The Repco Supercars head to the OTR SuperSprint 18-20 August.  

 

RESULTS  

Saturday 29th July 

Practice 1 – 16th  

Practice 2 – 14th  

Qualifying (Race 18)– 11th  

Race 18 – DNF  

Sunday 30th July 

Qualifying (Race 19) – 8th  

Race 19 – 20th  

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