A year is a long time in motorsport.
For Bathurst champion David Reynolds, 2020 is a year he’d rather forget. A year on the road due to the ever-changing COVID lock downs and a public falling out with his team finally came to an end when he formally parted ways with Erebus motorsport in December. It was a stressful time for the normally humorous Supercars star.
“It was a difficult year – probably the most challenging year I’ve endured as a professional driver. There was a lot going on behind the scenes on a professional level, then on top of that we were forced to be on the road – without an end in sight. On top of that I had the added concern that my partner Tahan being pregnant with our first baby,” admitted Reynolds.
“We had the E Series to compete in, then as soon as we got clearance, we had to leg it over the border with minutes notice. When we finally hit the track our results were not great, which added to the pressure off the track.”
With tensions on the rising, Reynolds faced an uphill battle staying positive throughout the year.
“I probably spoke with my manager daily for months….. and what most people won’t know is that Johnny (John Ruggiero – Managing Director of Push Talent Management) was recovering from brain surgery. So aside from all of the personal battles I was facing, we were all really worried. It was hard,” added the Albury born racer.
On the eve of the opening round of the Repco Supercars Championship, Reynolds now has a completely new view on life and racing. Partner Tahan Lew gave birth to their first child – a healthy young boy they named Ryu. Reynolds himself has found a new home at Kelly Grove Racing and in just a few days he finds himself ready to compete in a Ford Mustang.
“Life has come full circle. For months I didn’t even know if I’d be racing again. But we managed to find a team that wanted me, and I was able to quickly get life back on track. I can’t wait to get to Bathurst and just enjoy racing. I need to thank a lot of people who helped me – especially my personal sponsors. But I also had a lot of support from fans… they were really supportive,” said the 35-year old.
The Repco Supercars Championship kicks off at Bathurst 26 February, with the cars hitting the track for practice one on Friday at 12:25pm AEDT.