REYNOLDS LOOKING FOR REDEMPTION AT THE BOOST MOBILE GOLD COAST 500

The Repco Supercars will take to the streets of Surfers Paradise this weekend for the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 and David Reynolds is hopeful for better results after a tough run at The Mountain.

Reynolds and (Matt) Campbell were knocked out of Sunday’s Bathurst race at lap 5 in a controversial mishap, causing excessive damage to the car. With only two weeks between race meetings, the crew have worked tirelessly to get the #26 Penrite Racing Mustang repaired and ready to go.

“The crew have done a mega job repairing the car for Gold Coast,” said Reynolds.

“There was some pretty decent damage and the guys have managed to strip the car, put it on the jig, rebuild it and do a full run up, which is super impressive. A big thanks to the team for all their efforts.

“It was certainly a big kick in the guts, having all the lead up to the race, to then be knocked out before I even got in the car, so I can’t wait to get to Gold Coast and give it a good crack.”

With the Supercars last at Surfers Paradise three years ago, there’s no denying anticipation is high from the teams and of course, the fans.

“It’s been a few years since we’ve been at the Gold Coast. We were last there in 2019, so I’m really looking forward to it,” admitted Reynolds.

“It really is one of the best tracks we go to. It’s certainly one of the hardest, because the track is so full on, so you don’t really get a rest. If you have one small stuff up, then you’re in the fence hard. So, you’re constantly concentrating and it’s mentally taxing.

“The track has everything in it; there’s bumps, there’s big curves, concretes walls, through the chicanes it’s quite fast; it’s 160km/h through there all while up on two wheels. It’s just a nuts track and I love it. I can’t wait.”

The Penrite Racing driver has previously had some luck on the street circuit, taking home some surf boards and so it’s without doubt the 37-year-old will be pushing hard this weekend.

“I’ve got quite a few good memories there, so I’m hoping to make some more this weekend,” said Reynolds.

“Street tracks are my favourite; I love driving them and they seem to suit my style, so I’m really look forward to it.

“It’s going to be really important that we qualify well. If you don’t qualify great, then it’s hard to pass.”

This weekend will also see a change in format with two 250-kilometre races. In previous years, the event has been split over two 300-kilometre races, although ran as a two-driver enduro race.

“It’s going to be tough this weekend. I’m not super keen on the new format. I think 200km races would have been fine,” admitted Reynolds.

“We haven’t done a lot of long races and of course I didn’t do Bathurst, so I’m going to be a little underdone a bit.

“Let’s hope I survive 250km in the heat!”

The Repco Supercars hit the track for the first practice session Friday 28th October, 12:35pm (event local time), with Saturday hosting qualifying, a Top Ten Shootout and the first 250-kilometer race, which is emulated on Sunday.

View the TV schedule here – https://www.supercars.com/tv-schedule/

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