It’s been a bit of a bumpy ride for David Reynolds over the past few months of racing, with inconsistent and mixed results. There’s no doubt that like for all teams’ and crew members, a bit of homesickness is starting to kick in; having now been on the road for over 9 weeks.
After a busy four-week stint of back-to-back racing, teams have had two weeks break whilst relocating from Queensland to South Australia. This ‘break’ has allowed the Penrite team to setup a temporary workshop at Mount Gambier, before taking on the double-header at Tailem Bend.
It is evident though, that Reynolds is hungry for some results and will be pushing hard this weekend. Last year at The Bend, the 35-year old had a fairly impressive round qualifying 12th and 15th and finishing seventh and 13th respectively. However, the previous year finished with a podium.
“I did okay here last year. It wasn’t my best weekend but wasn’t my worst. The year before was stella though, obviously bringing home a trophy,” said Reynolds.
“We did have the pre-season test here at the start of the year, so we have something to work off and certainly won’t be going in completely fresh.
“I haven’t had the best run these past few rounds, the field is quite close, but we have been a bit inconsistent which hasn’t helped, so I’ll be looking to push hard and hopefully bring home some well-deserved results.”
The weekend’s format will again feature two practice sessions on Saturday, before qualifying, a Top Fifteen Shootout and a 24-lap race. Sunday will showcase two back-to-back qualifying sessions before two 24-lap races.
“It’ll be interesting to see what we can do this year. The racing format is a little different and also having the shorter races too, so we’ll see what we can do,” said the Penrite racer.
The Repco The Bend SuperSprint will mark the first of the double header at the South Australian circuit, however this weekend will be held on the regular International circuit, before switching to the shorter West circuit the following weekend.
“It’s pretty cool that they’ve been able to switch tracks to change things up over the two consecutive race weekends,” admits Reynolds.
“That’ll certainly keep the racing fresh and interesting.”
The Supercars hit the track for practice 1, Saturday 19th September 9:10am local time.
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