POSITIVE GAINS FOR REYNOLDS AT THE BEND

Penrite Racing driver David Reynolds has come away from Round 8 of the Repco Supercars Championship with some much-anticipated positive results.  

The Albury-born racer has encountered a difficult run to date, however managed to find speed across the weekend and ultimately some top 10 finishes; including a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s race 21.  

With the OTR Supersprint being a two-day event, teams knew they had limited time to play with setups and short races meant that qualifying was key. Reynolds came out firing in practice though, finishing tenth and fifth respectively.  

Reynolds fell just outside the top 15 in the three-part qualifying session, putting the #26 Mustang mid-pack ahead of Saturday’s race. With only 20-laps to pick up as many positions as possible, Reynolds managed to gain three places and finished up 13th.  

“I was a little disappointed with my qualifying efforts, my race pace was ok, but that’s always been my style at this track; I’ve always raced a lot better than I qualify,” said Reynolds. 

“Saturday my car was a little bit off the pace, I should have qualified better, but we plugged in a similar set up to Matt’s the next day and it was much better.”  

Two back-to-back qualifying sessions kicked off the action on Sunday, with Reynolds finishing eighth and 16th  ahead of the two races. The 2017 Bathurst Champion was able to get a great start in Sunday’s first race, where he quickly found himself battling for third.  

“I probably didn’t get the most out of the second qualifying sessions and under drove in certain areas, so it wasn’t the best performance by me,” said Reynolds.  

“But, in the races my car came alive. I got a mega start in the first race and I was pretty much racing for third, until Chaz (Mostert) made a lunge at the first corner and got past me and so I ended up fourth. It was our best race for a long time, so I was stoked to have come away with that result.” 

Another top ten finish was in sight for Reynolds in Sunday’s final race; however a post-race penalty would cost the Penrite racer 15-seconds, pushing him back to P20.  

“We qualified 16th for Sunday’s final race, which didn’t put us in the best position ahead of the final race. I was in a big battle at the start and dropped a few spots and then made them back and then finished ninth,” said Reynolds.  

“I then copped a 15-second penalty, which was a frustrating end to the day. So, even though we finished 20th, I still think we finished ninth regardless of our penalty. 

“There was definitely some positives throughout the weekend. The car had great race pace; we just needed to qualify better to give ourselves a better start in the races.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to the Penrite Oil Sandown 500 for the enduros, it’s going to be a lot of fun!”  

 The Repco Supercars Championship next head to Victoria for the Penrite Oil Sandown 500, September 15-17.  

 

Results 

Saturday 19th August  

Practice 1 – 10th  

Practice 2 – 5th  

Qualifying – 16th  

Race 20 – 13th  

 

Sunday 20th August  

Qualifying (Race 21) – 8th  

Qualifying (Race 22) – 16th 

Race 21 – 4th  

Race 22 – 20th  

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