REYNOLDS FINISHES ON A HIGH AT THE MELBOURNE SUPERSPRINT

David Reynolds finished the Melbourne SuperSprint with an impressive seventh overall for the round and elevated to fifth in the Drivers’ Championship standings.  

 

Reynolds started off the weekend a little rocky, battling with ideal set up options best suited to the Albert Park circuit. Thursday was the busiest day of the event, including two crucial qualifying sessions which didn’t quite go the way Reynolds had hoped. The #20 TRADIE Beer Racing Camaro placed 21st and 16th in the two back-to-back sessions.  

 

“We didn’t quite qualify quite where we’d hoped to,” said Reynolds.  

 

“We knew qualifying was going to be crucial given the short race times; but we just couldn’t get the set up quite right.  

 

“We started off ok and then went the wrong way and then went ok again. It was a really tough weekend to set up for. So, we kind of fell in and out of the window a little bit. 

 

“We were able to make some gains in the race though and pulled through to finish 16th which wasn’t too bad considering.”  

 

Reynolds continued to improve on his performance, finishing just outside the top ten and 11th for Friday’s race 4.  

 

Saturday showed promising signs, with Reynolds finishing seventh and 13th respectively in the qualifying sessions; and crossing the line in fourth place for race 5, Reynolds personal best finish at Team 18 to date.  

 

“We went the wrong way in the second qualifying session, which was a bit of a bummer,” said Reynolds.  

 

“However, I’m stoked that we were able to finish off Saturday on a high.  

 

“I got a good start and managed to put my car in the right spot and got past (Jack) Le Brocq and then two cars crashed in front of me (Matt Payne and Cam Waters) – which by then I was in sixth place and ultimately inherited fourth and stayed fourth.  

 

“I’m glad the race was shortened though as my car had quite a lot of understeer, so if the race had of been any longer I would have been in struggle town. It was a really long day for everyone and the whole crew put in a massive amount of work, so I’m thankful to the whole team for their efforts.”  

 

Reynolds managed to better his position again for Sunday’s final race, starting from P13 to bring it home in ninth.  

 

“I’m stoked that we were able to finish the weekend off on a high,” said Reynolds.  

 

“Sunday’s race, we made a big swing to go towards Mark’s (Winterbottom) car, which is very different to my traditional style of driving, and it didn’t really transfer to pace, so it made it quite tricky.  

 

“That’s a big factor that we’ll know for next time though, Mark is going to obviously like different things to what I do, so we’ll be able to take that away from the weekend and move forward. 

 

“But overall I had a fantastic weekend, we came away with not a scratch on the car, there was some awesome racing out there, we made up a lot of spots, made some cool moves – so yeah, I’m really happy with our weekend.  

 

“Of course on top of that, the team has also moved up to third place in the Teams Championship, so we’re looking to only move forward! Bring on New Zealand.”  

 

The Repco Supercars Championship next head to New Zealand for the ITM Taupo Super400, 19-21 April.  

 

 

Results  

Thursday 21st March 

Practice 1 – 19th  

Practice 2 – 8th  

Qualifying (Race 3) – 21st  

Qualifying (Race 4) – 16th  

Race 3 – 16th  

Friday 22nd March 

Race 4 – 11th  

Saturday 23rd March 

Qualifying (Race 5) – 7th  

Qualifying (Race 6) – 13th  

Race 5 – 4th  

Sunday 24th March 

Race 6 – 9th  

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