The Repco Supercars Championship head to South Australia this weekend, 19-20th August for Round 8 of the Championship at the OTR Supersprint.  

 Although The Bend Motorsport Park is one of the more recent circuits to be added to the calendar, this weekend will also mark a special occasion for the Australian Touring Car Championship which will also celebrate its 600th Supercars round.  

Penrite Racer, David Reynolds who had a mixed weekend at the Sydney Supersprint, is eager to get back into the #26 Ford Mustang and give it a good crack at The Bend this weekend.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back into the car this weekend,” said Reynolds. 

“We had a very good test day last week and it was the first test day since the start of the year that we’ve ran two cars there. We had a great run, and we were able to test a lot of different set ups and things on the car – so hopefully the test has made a huge difference and allowed us to make some positive changes that’ll give us a good run this weekend.”

The OTR Supersprint will be hosted across two days, the shorter format that we also saw in Sydney. Saturday will feature two practice sessions, followed by a 3-part qualifying session and a 20-lap race. Sunday will host two back-to-back qualifying sessions and two sprint races.  

“This weekend is the two-day format again, which I don’t entirely love. I enjoy having the extra day to be able to set up and roll into practice and make changes ahead of the following day. Having it across the two-days sort of jams everything in, but that’s ok. We’ll see how we go,” said Reynolds.  

“The races this weekend are also 20-laps, which is not much. Last year it was 24 laps, so they’re shorter than last year, proving not much room for error. The 3-part qualifying is a little tricky to navigate, but if your car is fast it’s not too bad.”  

Traditionally, Reynolds’ style of driving is usually suited to street style circuits, so the Penrite pilot will be looking to make some new memories. 

“The Tailem Bend track is all about high speed and aero,” said Reynolds. 

“It hasn’t been a favourite track of mine in the past, I tend to love the street tracks, but these tracks are about finesse and car setup. You really need a car that will work well there, you can’t sort of hustle around this track, so here’s hoping we have a fast car and can have a good go this weekend!”  

The Repco Supercars Championship hit the track for practice 1 on Saturday 19th August, 10:20am local time.  

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