The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship have completed their fourth consecutive weekend of racing this weekend and now have a two-week break before getting back into it. David Reynolds didn’t quite come away with the results he was hoping for from Townsville, however managed to end on a high of 11th in Sunday’s final race.
Reynolds qualified well on Saturday, putting the #9 Penrite Commodore in 10th for the race after making it through to the Top Ten Shootout. The 35-year old got a great start, gaining four positions early on, however by lap 15 Reynolds made a dash for the pits after identifying a power steering issue.
The #9 car was sent back out however, it was clear the problem was still occurring, and Reynolds was forced to return to the pits for a second time where the call was forced to retire.
“We spent some time in practice working on issues from the previous round in terms of using too much of the front tyres, so we were probably a little on the back foot come qualifying but it was great to end up tenth,” said Reynolds.
“In the race we switched and plugged in Anton’s set up which responds to a different driving style, so it took me a while to get used to. Obviously, it was a real shame having the power steering fail, but I’m hoping that has been a niggling issue from the previous rounds and hopefully we can fix it up and move on.”
The team were able to get the #9 car back up and running for Sunday morning, with Dave coming out and throwing an impressive lap to qualify ninth. Unfortunately, he couldn’t produce the same for the next qualifying session, only fast enough for 19th.
The first race of the evening David got away well and opted for the compulsory pit stop at the end of lap 14 for four tyres. Once the field had cycled through their pitstops, Reynolds was in 11th with just six laps remaining. Unfortunately, Reynolds was caught up in an incident, copping front and rear end damage and limped home for 15th.
The crew did well to get the Holden ready for the next race, but more bad luck came David’s way when he was sent to start from P21 after copping a penalty in qualifying for obstructing Andre Heimgartner.
This time, Reynolds opted to stay out longer and pit at the end of lap 22 in the hope of having fresher tyres for the end dash. A Safety Car was called (unfortunately for his teammate Anton), but with the field bunched up; it played in Reynolds’ favour allowing him to charge through and make up nine spots to finish an impressive 11th.
“I was pleased with ninth for qualifying. It was a shame we didn’t qualify better for the second session, but we didn’t really have the best weekend,” admitted the Penrite racer.
“The last race was a lot of fun, although it was unfortunate for Anton but it played into my hands. I had just pitted two laps before that Safety Car came out and I was able to race cars who had worse tyres in front of me and had the confidence to pass them.
“There’s a couple of weeks before the next round, so we’ll have a good think over the coming weeks and think hard about what we are doing and hopefully come back stronger.”
The Penrite Racing team now head to Mount Gambier in South Australia to set up temporarily before tackling a double header of racing at The Bend.
Saturday 5th September
Practice 1 – 11th
Practice 2 – 17th
Qualifying Race 22 – 10th
Race 22 – NC
Sunday 6th September
Qualifying Race 23 – 9th
Qualifying Race 23 – 19th (amended to 21st)
Race 23 – 15th
Race 24 – 11th