David Reynolds will return to his #26 Penrite Racing Mustang for this weekend’s Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight. The Kelly Grove Racing driver will compete under lights in the illuminated gold Penrite liveried Mustang after missing two rounds and will head into a weekend featuring two longer races with mandated tyre and fuel pit stops.
“It’s great to be back driving, and I have to thank Kelly Grove Racing, Penrite, and especially all of the fans who have shown their support to get me back racing,” said Reynolds. “Luke [Youlden] has done a great job in the Penrite Mustang, which should help us at Bathurst, but now I have to focus on doing a good job this weekend.”
Race 29 and 30 of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship will both see 64-laps around the Grand Prix layout at Sydney Motorsport Park, twice the distance of the sprint races held over the previous three rounds. Saturday’s Race 29 will be a night race with an evening start, with Sunday’s Race 30 a later afternoon affair.
Qualifying for both races will see an all-in session ahead of a Top Ten Shootout, while for each race, a compulsory pit stop will include a mandated 140-litre fuel drop – not see at Sydney so far this season – adding more variation for strategy across the field.
Two tyres must also be changed during the stop, and this weekend teams must use both a super-soft and a hard Dunlop in each 64-lapper, unless the race is declared officially ‘wet’ – with rain forecast on both Saturday and Sunday…
“The rain will certainly mix things up if it happens, and I don’t mind it all,” said the Kelly Grove Racing driver, whose 2017 Bathurst win included mastering slippery conditions on the way to victory.
“It’s a good pre-Bathurst event, but we’ll be pushing to get a good set-up and make the most of the pace in the car. Tyre management will be the key and choosing when to go for it – and on which tyre – will be the way forward.”
As the penultimate round of the 2021 season, this weekend’s race will be the final bout before this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 season finale. Luke Youlden, who competed in the previous two rounds in place of Reynolds, will drive in Friday’s co-driver practice session as a warm-up for co-drivers heading into this year’s Great Race. It will see the winning pairing reunited for the first time since the 2019 race.
Reynolds will be back behind the wheel of the #26 Penrite Racing Mustang for Friday’s first practice session at 7:45pm AEDT, with live coverage on Fox Sports and streamed via Kayo. The Seven Network will broadcast live from 7:00pm AEDT on Saturday and 12:30pm AEDT on Sunday.