PROMISING SIGNS FOR REYNOLDS

Round 1 of the Repco Supercars Championship has wrapped up at the Thrifty Bathurst 500 and David Reynolds has put on an impressive show on debut for his new team, Team 18.  

 

Reynolds came out in full force, turning heads and making his mark placing no lower than 12th (albeit in practice 2) across the entire weekend.  

 

Reynolds came out strong on Saturday and qualified in P3, putting the #20 Tradie Beer Racing Camaro into the Top Ten Shootout. Unfortunately, on the out lap to the Shootout, the right rear tyre pressure dropped; forcing Reynolds to abort the session and ultimately finish tenth ahead of the first race.  

 

Starting from the fifth row of the grid, Reynolds would be determined to fight his way back to the front. Strategy would be key, with two compulsory pit stops as well as a minimum of 60 litres of fuel required.  

 

Reynolds managed to get off to a good start and stayed consistently inside the top 10. Teams were kept on their toes; working out the best tyre strategy, with hard compound tyres the only option.  

 

An error from Cam Waters gave Reynolds the opportunity to gain another position, where the race would end under Safety Car conditions; Dave crossing the line in eighth.  

 

“Saturday was a whirlwind of a day,” said Reynolds. 

 

“We came out really strong and qualified in P3, which was absolutely awesome. It was a shame we copped a flat tyre heading out for the Shootout, because that dampened our starting position ahead of the race. 

 

“Overall though, all things considered I was pretty happy that we were able to stay strong with the rest of the pack, pick up a few positions and bring it home in eighth.”  

 

Come Sunday, a mechanical issue looked like it was going to spoil Reynolds’ successful streak during qualifying; however, with the clock counting down, the team were able to resolve the issue just in time and Reynolds completed an impressive flying lap; and put the #20 Camaro on P5.  

 

Although giving himself another spot in the Top Ten Shootout, fifth was all Reynolds could manage, which is where he would start for the final race of the weekend.  

 

Starting from the third row of the grid, Reynolds got a clean start and stayed out of trouble to bring the Tradie Beer Racing Chevrolet Camaro across the line in sixth.  

 

“Wow! What a weekend,” said Reynolds.  

 

“I had such a great time. Everyone’s so much fun, we made our car better, and we finished the weekend pretty strong and with some solid results. I couldn’t be happier. 

 

“It was a close call in qualifying. I rolled out at the start of the session and the car was making a really strange sound. The crew were able to diagnose the problem, but then I only had the chance to get one flying lap in – so I gave it everything I had and managed to put it in P5. It was a huge effort from the team.  

 

“I had a few good battles in the race, but sixth was all I could manage. The teams up the front were hard to beat. But, I think we had a fantastic weekend considering it was our first round together.  

 

“We have lots of positives to take away, it was a fantastic way to start the year. I ended up fifth in the Championship and the team ended up fourth in the Teams Championship, so it was a really great start.  

 

“Lets hope we can continue building on all that we’ve learnt. I can’t wait to get to Albert Park for the AGP!”  

 

The Repco Supercars Championship next head to the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, 21-24 March as the support category.  

 

Results  

Friday 23rd February 

Practice 1 – 7th  

Practice 2 – 12th  

 

Saturday 24th February 

Qualifying – 3rd  

Top Ten Shootout – 10th  

Race 1 – 8th  

 

Sunday 25th February 

Qualifying – 5th   

Top Ten Shootout – 5th   

Race 2 – 6th 

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