The #26 Penrite Racing Mustang of David Reynolds has narrowly survived a wild weekend at The Bend Motorsport Park for Round 4 of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship. With three races held across the event, three different race winners from three different teams reflected the chaos brought by changeable conditions, wheel-to-wheel racing and tyre strategy. Reynolds suffered damage in two of the three races before recovering solidly in the final race on Sunday afternoon.
“It wasn’t the greatest weekend getting caught up in other people’s incidents, but at least we managed to show some pace in the final race of the weekend,” Reynolds said. “It was tough only really having that last race to show our pace, as we’d qualified strongly and I had a good car beneath me.”
Missing out on a Top Ten grid position for Race 9 by a mere 0.4362 sec for the opening race, Reynolds started 11th for the 24-lap opener before making his compulsory pit-stop on Lap 6. As rain began to fall on the already wet circuit, the changeable conditions proving tricky for even some of the best drivers in the 26-car field. Only had handful of laps later, Reynolds’ race was thwarted after contact with Tim Slade, damaging the steering of the Penrite Racing Mustang and sending it out of the race after 12 laps.
In yet more bad luck, Reynolds was caught up in a major incident at Turn 6 of the first lap of Sunday morning’s first race, Race 10, which took several big-name drivers out of contention. Starting a strong eighth on the grid, the #26 Penrite Racing Mustang suffered significant damage in the opening lap carnage and was forced to pit on Lap 3. While Reynolds’ crew at Kelly Grove Racing impressively managed to repair the damage and send Reynolds back out into the race, he’d lost four laps and, despite competitive lap times, there was no chance of a strong race result.
Race 11 proved to be a tenacious strategy drive from Reynolds after starting a lowly 20th on the grid. Following the same format as the weekend’s first two races, 24-laps including a compulsory pit-stop, Reynolds was one of the later cars to pit, running as high as fourth on the road before making his compulsory stop on Lap 15 – significantly later than his stop in Race 9. Filtering back into the pack in 14th position, the #26 Penrite Racing Mustang managed to steer clear of incidents to finish a somewhat relieving 12th position, Reynolds pleased to salvage a reasonable result after a weekend of hard knocks.
“We move on to Winton, which isn’t too bad as I scored a podium last time we raced there in 2019, and the car has looked strong so there’s no reason we can’t make a good go of it,” Reynolds said. “Hopefully we can stay out of trouble and get a reasonable result.”
The next round of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship sees the series return to Winton Raceway in Victoria for the Winton SuperSprint on 29-30 May.