David Reynolds has just fallen short of a podium result on Sunday as Supercars returned to the Sydney Motorsport Park circuit for a consecutive round.
The format for the weekend was slightly different to usual, with tyre allocation being the most significant rule change. Teams were allocated two sets of softs and three sets of hards and it was up to the individual crews as to how they would play their strategy.
In this instance, the number #9 crew opted to save the softs for Sunday’s final race and ran hards on Saturday. Reynolds managed to qualify 12th ahead of race one, which ultimately defined his race and 14th was all he could manage.
“We didn’t qualify quite where we would have liked on Saturday, so we decided to run hard tyres in the race which is actually against what we were originally going to do,” said Reynolds.
“My race wasn’t bad, though we probably pitted too late and I came out in a battle pack with no tyres to really fight and move forward. So overall, 14th was ok considering.”
Saturday proved a better day for the Penrite racer, where he qualified 14th and 5th respectively.
“Sunday’s first race although we finished up 11th, we were the first of the hard-tyre runners, so our car was good compared to everyone else around me. I got a pretty good start and managed to make up a couple of spots. We pitted quite early and looked after the tyres and the car, so that helped to put us in a good position at the end,” said the 34-year old.
It was Sunday’s final race though that Reynolds just missed out on a podium result, much like two-weeks ago.
“We qualified really well and put ourselves in a good position for the race,” said Reynolds.
“I got a great start and ended up second by lap 1 and I thought I had the podium in the bag with a second placed finish at worst. Unfortunately, we got undercut by Le Brocq and the two cars in front drove away. I managed my tyres really well and they ended up tuning back up for me towards the end of the race, which is when I went for a move on Heimgartner, but Hazelwood got a run on me and I didn’t’ have any tyres left to fight him.
“It’s a little disappointing because we were so close to a podium finish. Looking back now, instead of going for second, I feel I should have defended a bit more to keep third, but it is what it is!
“Onwards and upwards to Darwin next, which I’m really looking forward to as we generally have a pretty good run there! So hopefully we can get some results at the next one.”
The Virgin Australia Supercars head to Darwin for the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown 8-9 August and will again return for the following round 15-16 August.
Saturday 18th July
Practice 1 – 15th
Practice 2 – 7th
Race 1 – 14th
Sunday 19th July
Qualifying (Race 2) – 14th
Qualifying (Race 3) – 5th
Race 2 – 11th
Race 3 – 4th