REYNOLDS BRINGS HOME A SURFBOARD FROM SURFERS PARADISE

David Reynolds has had an impressive weekend at the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, bringing home a well-deserved pole and podium in challenging, hot conditions. The Penrite Racing pilot looked comfortable all weekend, placing no lower than seventh across all three days.

Reynolds hit the ground running finishing sixth and fifth in Friday’s two practice sessions and whilst the two sessions weren’t for points, there was no denying the 37-year-old was thoroughly enjoying himself. The street style circuit clearly suited Reynolds’ driving style, as the Penrite Racing driver continued his fine form and qualified sixth on Saturday morning, giving him a spot in the Top Ten Shootout. Reynolds impressed on lookers with a flying lap in the Top Ten Shootout, putting down a 1:10.4319 to secure pole position, almost half a second ahead of (Shane) Van Gisbergen.

“My car just hooked up on that lap and when I came across the line, I couldn’t believe it when I saw the time on my dash,” said Reynolds.

“It’s unbelievable for Penrite Racing, they did such an incredible job turning the car around after Bathurst and it felt so good to come out and land ourselves on the front row of the grid.”

Starting from the front row of the grid, Reynolds got off to a great start, managing to hold off Van Gisbergen for the opening 15 laps before relinquishing the lead and settling into a consistent pace. As the race progressed, Reynolds found himself battling with the steering after the steering wheel came loose. During the second pitstop, the team managed to tighten up the nuts on the wheel, and the #26 Penrite Mustang re-joined without losing position.

The final stint of the race saw Reynolds having to fend off (Chaz) Mostert as the heat began to take its toll and the cool suit system failed. Dave was able to hold onto position and crossed the line in P2, claiming a well-earned surfboard.

“It was so good to get a podium finish for the team, it was really great to be able to reward them for all their efforts over the past few weeks,” said Reynolds.

“It was certainly one of the hardest races I’ve ever done, 85 laps around this street circuit is tough work, and I really felt the heat. I did my best to keep Van Gisbergen behind after the start of the race, but just couldn’t match his car pace.

“Then in the middle of the race, my steering wheel started coming loose and it hurt my lap times, but I was glad I could hang on for P2.”

Sunday was another impressive day, as Reynolds managed to put himself in the Top Ten Shootout again after finishing third in qualifying. A small error at ‘Action Cave’ in the Top Ten Shootout lap cost Reynolds some time, placing him seventh ahead of the final 250km race.

“We had another pretty good run on Sunday. I managed to come out and qualify ok, it was just a shame that I made an error in the Top Ten Shootout, as I reckon we would have otherwise come out about third,” said Reynolds.

The #26 Penrite Mustang started the race from the fourth row of the grid, the lowest place of the weekend; however, managed to stay out of trouble whilst also tackling a couple of good passes to cross the line in fourth.

Although, the same could not be said for several other drivers who were caught up in a multi-car accident at the beach chicane after (James) Golding hit the tyre bundle, launched into the air and spun in front of the field. Six other cars were forced to forfeit the race, with major damage to their cars and the race was restarted 20 minutes later.

“We started the race from seventh which wasn’t ideal, but all things considered we had a good run and still managed to bring it home in fourth which I’m still stoked with,” said Reynolds.

“I’m just glad my cool suit worked for Sunday’s race, I felt so much better than I did after Saturday. We had really good car speed all weekend and a good strategy, so a big thanks to the crew for all of their hard work.

“It’s a shame about the big crash that took out quite a few cars, obviously my teammate, (Lee) Holdsworth was one of them, which is not ideal; especially for the team after repairing my car from Bathurst. Hopefully once they get it back to the workshop, they can review the situation and hopefully it’s not too badly damaged.

“I’m looking forward to Adelaide, another cool street-style track; so, I can’t wait to get there.”

The 2022 Repco Supercars Championship will conclude at the VALO Adelaide 500 1-4 December.

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