After the initial Darwin event was postponed a week, David Reynolds is eager to get back behind the wheel and take on this weekend’s BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown.
The Penrite racer has had much success at the Hidden Valley circuit, claiming a pole position, win and four podiums from his past four outings.
“I really enjoy Darwin, it’s definitely one of my top favourite tracks that we go to,” said Reynolds.
“The layout just really seems to suit my driving style, but we are also able to get the most out of the car too.”
This extra week has given the team some time to further prepare the car, as well as given the crew a chance to acclimatise to the warmer weather.
“Often we arrive off the plane from Melbourne and the heat is a bit of a shock. But having come from Queensland and now to Darwin for a week, it probably hasn’t been as big a shock as normal,” said the 35-year old.
The format for the weekend will see three 38-lap races across the two-day event and teams will be limited to hard-compound tyres for Saturday’s qualifying and shootout to ensure a level playing field. Tyre strategy will then return for race 13. Teams will be able to run either tyre compound in the two Sunday qualifying sessions.
“It’s good that as a sport we’re adapting and trying new things,” admits Reynolds.
“The different compounds are quite confusing for the teams and the drivers and for that to be relayed across TV. If everyone is on the same tyre then I think that’s a better way to go about it, so we’ll see how this weekend goes.”
Penrite Racing’s CEO, Barry Ryan will again step in as Reynolds’ engineer after long-time engineer, Alistair McVean did not travel with the team from Melbourne as they made their dash across the border in early July.
“Obviously it sucks not having Al with us, as we have built such a great relationship,” admitted David.
“Surprisingly though, Barry has been real calm on the radio and has done a great job.”
All the action kicks off on Saturday 15th August with practice 1 at 10:50am local time.
The BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown will be broadcast live on Ten, Fox Sports and streaming on Kayo. View the tv schedule here to check your local times – https://www.supercars.com/tv-schedule/
The Virgin Australia Supercars will again head to the Hidden Valley Raceway the following weekend 22-23 August for the CoreStaff Darwin SuperSprint.