David Reynolds has come away with two top-ten finishes after another a strong performance at the 2021 Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint on the weekend.
It was an action-packed event, which kicked off at Symmons Plains Raceway on Saturday with two 30-minute practice sessions, followed by a knock-out style qualifying session. The Penrite Mustang was quick enough to go through to second stage of qualifying, however narrowly missed out on the third session, finishing with the eleventh-fastest time. A post session penalty against another driver boosted Reynolds to start the weekend’s first race in tenth.
Starting the race from the fifth row on the grid, the 35-year-old got off the line well and raced as high as eighth. A pitstop drama hampered the #26 Mustang race position, when the engine stalled during the stop and was a struggle to restart. The engine came back to life, allowing Reynolds to return to the track, although in last place in the 24-car field. The Albury-bred larrikin showed great courage and made a strong recovery to finish 16th.
“I got a good start in Saturday’s race, and I had a couple of good battles and got as high as eighth. My car was feeling pretty good”, said Reynolds.
“Then, when I pitted and came into the pit box, the car stalled, and I was trying to press the start button, and nothing was happening. The pitstop had finished, and I was still pressing the start button and it wouldn’t restart. The crew had to jack the car up again and rock the wheels to try and reengage the starter and that finally worked.
“After that, my car was probably one of the best out there. I had really good pace, good tyre life, easy to drive and I somehow made it back up to 16th, which was an okay result considering I was dead last.”
The team made minor changes overnight to the Penrite Mustang and were back at it again on Sunday, straight into two qualifying sessions before two sprint races. Reynolds qualified P13 for the first race and P8 for the final race of the weekend.
Able to stay out of the carnage, Reynolds had a solid drive and finished the race inside the top ten, climbing to eighth place.
Starting from eighth for the final race, Reynolds made a solid start and was positioned as high as seventh on the road. Unfortunately, he made contact with another car which pushed the front bumper forwards and onto the front right-hand tyre. Thankfully though, the Penrite Mustang was able to hold on to take the chequered flag in the same position it started, finishing eighth.
“We rolled out Sunday and were a bit more confident in our package. Our qualifying speed could be better, it’s not our strong point at the moment, and we qualified thirteenth and eighth which is about where we’ve been all season so far,” said Reynolds.
“In the first race we did a really good job to come from thirteenth and finish eighth. I drove the wheels off it, the car felt good. It was a little hotter in temperature, so maybe everyone had a bit more tyre deg [degradation] which probably helped us.
“In the second race I started eighth and finished eighth. I was going okay and I was catching Zane [Goddard]. I touched him and that bent my front bumper onto my front wheel and that made it really bad; the tyre barely made it to the end of the race.
“All in all, it wasn’t a bad day. We’re seventh in the Championship after this weekend and we know what areas we need to work on to get further up the field.”
The Repco Supercars Championship next heads to The Bend, Tailem Bend, South Australia, on 8-9 May for the OTR SuperSprint.