David Reynolds and long-time engineer Alistair McVean will reunite this weekend for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. The highly regarded engineer missed most of the season when borders closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
McVean has served 14-days quarantine and will pop his head set on to see out the final race of the season this weekend. There is no doubt that Alistair has been a significant part of Reynolds’ previous success and after a mixed season so far, Reynolds is hopeful of finishing the season on a high.
“It’s great to have Al back this weekend. I’ve certainly missed him, we all have!” admitted Reynolds.
“We’ve had a real mixed year this season and so it’d certainly be nice to finish it off on a high and bring it home for the team.”
The Penrite Racing team will also don an Australian themed livery this weekend, with an Australian flag featuring with the aim to support and convey the message, ‘Are you supporting Australia?’ after the economic impact COVID has had on the country.
“Seeing the Aussie flag draped alongside the Penrite logo brings back a lot of memories from 2017,” said the 35-year old.
“We won Bathurst as a team with the same bunch of people, so hopefully that brings back some good luck.
“It’s fantastic to see Penrite pushing for people to support local, there’s nothing more important for our economy right now.”
This weekend will also see Reynolds paired with new teammate Will Brown, who has been impressive in the Dunlop Super2 Series and undoubtably fit for the job. There is no denying that the larrikin duo will be ones to watch this weekend.
“I’m glad to be driving with Will. He’s clearly fast and he’s shown that in every category that he’s driven in,” said the Penrite racer.
“We’re really good mates and get along well, obviously it helps to have a strong bond with your co-driver.
“I’m looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do.”
Every year, the Mountain never fails to put on a show for fans and this year will be no different; although with less crowds and also a high chance of rain due to fall across the weekend.
“It’ll certainly be a different atmosphere not having as many fans. Ultimately, they’re what makes the event and creates that well-known Bathurst atmosphere,” said Reynolds.
“However, with not as many fans allowed at the track TV ratings will certainly be up! So that’s a positive!
“Regardless of the weather, this track always puts on a show. It’s a long race and anything can happen, so we just have to focus on what we’re there to do and hopefully get the job done.”
The Virgin Australia Supercars hit the track Thursday to Saturday for practice sessions, while Saturday afternoon will see the Top Ten Shootout set the grid ahead of the great race.
Sunday’s 1000km race will kick off at 11:30am local time. Check your TV Guide for local and updated times – https://www.supercars.com/tv-schedule/