The Repco Supercars Championship head over to Tasmania for the NED Whisky Tasmania Supersprint this weekend the 19th – 21st May and Penrite Racing driver, David Reynolds is hopeful of continuing his impressive results after his efforts in Perth.

Reynolds is in positive spirits after the Perth Supersprint and although contact from another driver put a stop to his stellar form and placed him to finish 14th in Sunday’s race 8 (his lowest placing for the weekend), he would have otherwise been no lower than fourth. The weekend’s success at Perth also included the team’s second podium for the year. 

“We had a really great weekend in Perth. The team have been working hard and we’re starting to see results. We qualified well which is great, now we just have to finish and convert the one percenters during the races,” said Reynolds.  

“I’m confident that we can have another great weekend in Tasmania.”  

The Symmons Plains circuit features the shortest lap time in Supercars, with a track length of 2.4km. Although short, it is fast and therefore passing opportunities must be utilised; with the turn four hairpin and the left-hander at the end of the back straight the two best passing windows. Drivers reach a top speed of 270km/h and an average speed of 167km/h, so there’s no denying it’s a fast lap and there’s no room for error.  

This weekend will host two half-an-hour practice sessions on Saturday, before kicking off the knock-out style qualifying program, followed by the first of the sprint style race on Saturday evening. Sunday will feature two qualifying sessions and two 42-lap races.  

“We’ve got another sprint style event this weekend, which is three races at 100kms each. One Saturday, two Sunday. We also have the knock-out style qualifying session on Saturday too, which can be a bit tricky around Symmons Plains, because it’s a very, very short lap,” said Reynolds. 

“But it’s a pretty cool track. There are six corners, but we only talk about three corners as there’s only really three braking zones.

“It’s a fun and gnarly circuit. It’s got a long back straight, doing about 275km/h down the back straight, so it feels quite fast. 

“It can be a kind track, the late braking is key and although I always think I’m late to brake, sometimes that’s not always the case. 

“As always, qualifying is important – so we’ll be looking to put the car up the front and give ourselves a good start.” 

Symmons Plains Raceway holds a special milestone for the Penrite Racing team and Reynolds, after they scored their first podium together in 2022. 

“I’ve had some reasonable success there. We had our first podium with the team at Symmons Plains last year in Grove Racing. So that was pretty special,” said Reynolds.  

Whilst the on-going battle of the two Gen3 cars continues, and the pecking order is still being determined, it’ll be another action-packed weekend as the field will undoubtedly be covered by a mere three tenths.  

The Repco Supercars will hit the track for the first practice session on Saturday 20th May, 9am local time.

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