David Reynolds is looking to claim victory on the Albert Park street circuit this weekend, after he was the last Holden driver to win at the Melbourne street circuit on Sunday in 2018. The Ford’s dominated the podium at the Australian Grand Prix last year however, the Penrite racer is hopeful that after the technical changes, teams are now more evenly matched.
“It was kind of odd to hear that I was the last Holden driver to win at the AGP, but I suppose it makes sense considering the Mustangs dominance last year,” said Reynolds.
“I think it’s time that we claim that victory back. It would be awesome to stand on the podium and honour Holden’s last appearance in Supercars at the AGP.
The Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 has its own unique format, providing a different set of challenges for teams to any other event on the calendar. The schedule will see two practice sessions on Thursday as well as qualifying sessions for each of the races, like for any other event. However, the qualifying sessions will be 10-minutes long and back-to-back. Two will be held on Thursday and two Friday. Four races will round out the weekend, 100km (20-laps) each.
Each race also requires a compulsory pitstop, but for tyres only – no fuel. To add to this, teams are also required to use both the hard and soft compound Dunlop at some stage during each race.
“Qualifying is super important, there is plenty of pressure on the drivers to push for that one lap pace,” Reynolds said.
“It’s quite hard to pass on this circuit, even if there is a bit of tyre degradation and with the pitstops there is a big emphasis too on the teams to do a good job, otherwise you can lose a lot of spots, so strategy is so important.”
The Supercars will hit the track for practice 1, Thursday 12th March 11:55am AEDT.