QUALIFYING HURTS REYNOLDS IN DARWIN

Penrite Racing driver David Reynolds has endured a challenging weekend at the Betr Darwin Triple Crown, finding himself at the rear of the grid for the majority of the round. 

Although Darwin is usually a happy hunting ground for Reynolds, this weekend was one to forget. Friday gave the team high hopes after the Penrite Mustang rolled out of the truck and straight into practice with impressive results, finishing second and seventh in the two 30-minute practice sessions respectively.  

“We had high hopes going into Darwin. Previously, we’ve had great results there and I seem to drive the track well,” said Reynolds. 

“We rolled out of the truck pretty confident on Friday and were impressed with our practice results, but unfortunately we couldn’t make it stick for the rest of the weekend.” 

Come Saturday, the Penrite racer couldn’t manage a flying lap in the three-part qualifying session and found himself at the rear of the grid in 23rd for Saturday’s race 13. 

“Unfortunately, I copped a penalty in Saturday’s qualifying session and just couldn’t put a good lap together. Ultimately, this placed us at the rear of the grid, which is not where you want to be ahead of a race, so 20th is all we could manage.”  

Sunday’s two qualifying sessions saw the #26 Penrite Mustang struggle again to put a solid lap together, placing 22nd and 19th respectively. Starting from the back of the pack again proved difficult in a 35-lap sprint race, however Reynolds managed to find his groove in race 14, where he had charged through the pack and was settled in P9 before he copped a tap from (Nick) Percat, spinning him off the track.  

“Obviously we didn’t qualify very well on Sunday, so we didn’t put ourselves in a great position ahead of the races,” said Reynolds. 

“I was actually going not too bad in race 14 and was able to pick up quite a few positions until I was spun around, which was disappointing because I’m confident that we could have otherwise finished inside the top 10, but that’s racing.”  

Sunday’s final race proved to be more positive, although again starting from the rear; the Penrite Mustang found its speed over time and Reynolds was able to cross the line in twelfth.  

“Starting from the back of the field again wasn’t ideal, but it was great that we were able to pick up positions as the race went on,” said Reynolds. 

“It was a tough weekend. We just couldn’t manage to put together a flying lap in qualifying. I found the car really struggled with getting the most out of it in that single lap pace, but in the races the car seemed to feel not too bad.  

“We have a test between now and Townsville, so we’ll definitely be working hard on gaining the most out of the car and seeing what we can do ahead of the next round.”  

The Repco Supercars Championship next head to the NTI Townsville 500 7-9 July.  

 

Results  

Friday 16th June 

Practice 1 – 2nd  

Practice 2 – 7th  

 

Saturday 17th June 

Qualifying – Race 13 – 23rd 

Race 13 – 20th  

 

Sunday 18th June 

Qualifying Race 14 – 22nd  

Qualifying Race 15 – 19th  

Race 14 – 22nd  

Race 15 – 12th  

 

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