David Reynolds

REYNOLDS FIRED UP FOR FINAL LAP OF PUKEKOHE

The last Supercars event ever to be held at Pukekohe, New Zealand, takes place this weekend, with David Reynolds fired up to give the fans a fitting farewell to the famed racetrack – with predicted rain presenting a salivating weekend of wild racing.

“I love this circuit, and I love heading to New Zealand as the fans are so passionate – it’s awesome to see, and we’ll do our best to make sure they have even more great memories from this weekend to remember Pukekohe by,” said Reynolds.

Round 10 of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship, this weekend’s ITM Auckland SuperSprint is the first time Supercars races in New Zealand since 2019 and is last of the SuperSprint format this year. The highest point-scoring driver will win the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy.

The SuperSprint format sees knockout qualifying before a Top Ten Shootout and Race 27 of the season on Saturday, with Sunday seeing two all-in qualifying sessions before Races 28 and 29. All three races will consist of 41 laps around the 2.91km, 11-corner layout.

Reynolds won in Pukekohe in 2015 and is set to build on strong a strong performance at the previous Sandown round, with this weekend’s racing seeing an average lap speed of 160km/h, topping 260km/h in the fastest parts of the bumpy, challenging circuit.

“The track is wild, as it’s quite undulating and has some seriously long, fast corners. We’ve seen some big accidents there, as if you get it wrong with even a small mistake, it can have huge consequences,” said the #26 Penrite Mustang driver.

“You have to have serious guts to go fast here – if you’re timid or hold back, you just won’t cut it. I’ve won here and I’ve also smashed it hard into the fence; both risk and reward are high, but that’s what I love about it. You have to be committed.”

The bumpy surface will see teams limited to only the Hard compound Dunlop tyre for the weekend, with a compulsory pit-stop in each race where at least two tyres must be changed. With rain forecast, planned race strategies may be thrown into chaos once the wet tyre is added to the equation.

Pukekohe, located near Auckland on the North Island of New Zealand, opened in 1963 and first hosted a Supercars round in 2001, which ran until 2008 before the Hamilton Street Circuit – located an hour further south from Auckland – hosted Supercars for five years. Pukekohe returned in 2013 after a significant upgrade and will have hosted 45 Supercars races when the chequered flag falls for the final time this Sunday afternoon.

Heading to New Zealand, Reynolds is seventh in the championship standings on 1562 points after 10 rounds, with only three remaining to round out the 2022 season. Tickets for this weekend’s ITM Auckland SuperSprint are available here.

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