David Reynolds 2022 Ford Mustang Supercar

REYNOLDS SET FOR SANDOWN

David Reynolds is hoping for a soggy Sandown this weekend as the #26 Penrite Racing Mustang heads to the Victorian circuit for Round 9 of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship.

The Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint will see Races 24, 25 and 26 of the season take place at the historic venue, with Saturday qualifying including a Top Ten Shootout. It will also see each driver restricted to five sets of Super Soft Dunlop tyres across the weekend, but weather forecasts may mean the second rain-affected Supercars round in row.

“The car is fantastic in the wet, as we saw at the last round when I managed to get into the Top Ten after starting stone motherless last,” says Reynolds. “We haven’t always had straight line advantage, and Sandown is a horsepower circuit with its long straights, so I wouldn’t be complaining if it rained.”

Sandown International Raceway presents a fast and flowing 12-corner, 3.1-kilometre lap, with competitors reaching speeds of 260km/h at the end of the circuit’s back straight. Sandown is also the penultimate round to feature the SuperSprint format, with next month’s Pukekohe event in New Zealand the last. The format sees each of this weekend’s races set at 36 laps and requires at least one compulsory pit-stop where a minimum of two tyres must be changed.

“The strategy this weekend is unknown, as the Super Softs we’re using are from an older batch of Dunlops,” says Reynolds. “Sandown was initially supposed to run the Softs, but the change to Super Softs should make it interesting. The layout is a classic, and there’s always some great battles and racecraft going on at turns two, three and four, and the final part of the track from Dandenong Road through to the front straight.”

The Sandown event also brings the only Bathurst co-driver session ahead of The Great Race in October, with Reynolds’ partner for this year’s enduro, Matt Campbell, taking the wheel of the Penrite Mustang for a Friday Practice Session.

The 27-year-old Campbell is a factory Porsche driver who is no stranger to Supercars, having competed in both the Bathurst 1000 and the 12-hour, winning the latter in 2019. The 2022 Repco Bathurst 1000 will be Campbell’s first with Reynolds, but his fourth attempt at conquering Mount Panorama in a Supercar.

Heading into Sandown, Reynolds is seventh in the championship standings on 1380 points with four rounds left in the 2022 season, including the Repco Bathurst 1000 where double points are awarded.

The #26 Penrite Racing Mustang’s first session will be circuit at 1:10pm (AEST) on Friday August 19 for Practice 1. Tickets for the Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint are available here.

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