The Repco Supercars head to Western Australia for the third round of the 2023 Championship the Bosch Power Tools Perth Supersprint and Penrite Racing driver, David Reynolds is ready for redemption. Whilst results from the Melbourne Supersprint didn’t show the team’s true speed, there is no denying that they will be hungry to fight back to the pointy end of the field. 

“This weekend we will be looking to build on our car speed, which we currently have in our package. We have a fast car, but this weekend it’ll be about making as few errors as possible. Pitstops, race strategy as well as tyre strategy will be crucial,” said Reynolds. 

For Reynolds, it has been a busy few weeks off the track though, recently welcoming a new addition to the family.  

“It has certainly been a wild couple of weeks! Tahan, Ryu and myself welcomed a beautiful little girl into the world, Ravayah Rae Reynolds and she is just perfection. It is so cute seeing Ryu become a big brother,” said Reynolds. 

The 2.4km Wanneroo circuit is renowned for being ‘tough’ and ‘tight’ and although it was resurfaced in 2004, as the years have gone on; the surface remains challenging for teams. The layout of the circuit proves difficult in terms of passing opportunities, where the only real possibility of overtaking is limited to turns six and seven under breaks.  

Perth usually isn’t a strong track of mine. But I seem to go ok there. I’ve never won a race there but have been on the podium a few times and had some reasonably good results, so hopefully we can give it a good crack this weekend,” said Reynolds. 

“It is a difficult track, it’s quite a short track. There are only five real corners in total, the hardest one is what they refer to as Turn 6, which is quite difficult to navigate. It is an exceptionally long corner. It is probably one of the longest corners in terms of drive time, it just feels like it keeps going. The corner has got a bit of undulation in there too, which makes it very difficult to set up for.  

“I am really looking forward to it, I think our cars are going to be fast, fast enough to hopefully win a race. Obviously, the Camaros have had a bit of an adjustment in parity; so, they’ve moved a bit of weight around to try and help our centre of gravity.  

“Centre of gravity is a big tool in our sport. We try and build our cars as light as we can so that we can put all of the weight down below. So, any benefit that you can get from that is a big help. Even if it is only minimal, but small things make a big difference, especially when all the cars are quite the same. 

The Bosch Power Tools Perth Supersprint kicks off Friday 28th April with a 90- minute Practice session, followed by a three-part Qualifying session on Saturday and the first of three 42-lap sprint races. Sunday will host two back-to-back Qualifying sessions as well as the final two sprint races. 

We have an hour and a half practice on Friday – since I’ve been a part of the Series, we have never had such a long practice session, so it’ll be interesting to see how much we can get from that session in terms of set up,” admitted the Penrite Racing driver. 

“As far as the racing goes, there are three races over the weekend; 100kms odd each, so we’re back to those sprint races. There is one compulsory pit stop for each race and in the stops, we’ll likely be looking for two tyre changes, probably not four. It’ll be fun though, I’m really looking forward to it.”  

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