Reynolds set for season opener at the Thrifty Newcastle 500

The time has finally come, the opening round of the Repco Supercars at the Thrifty Newcastle 500 this weekend, March 10-12. There’s no denying that teams and fans have been eager to get cracking and see how the new era of Mustang vs Camaro and the Gen3 regulations play out.  

Whilst teams have had the chance to run at testing days, there is an exciting and mysterious feel around the pecking order and prototypes. Penrite Racing driver, David Reynolds gives an insight. 

“This will be the very first race for the Gen3 category, so there’s a whole heap of unknowns,” admits Reynolds.  

“We had a few really good tests. The very first day of testing, I struggled a little with the car, but after the third test day, we made it a lot more comfortable to drive and fixed a lot of problems. However, it is still very different to the cars we’ve had before.  

“We’ve got no idea how the cars will perform distance wise; we haven’t done more than 10 or 15 laps in testing. So, it’ll be interesting to see how they run. We also don’t really know how our relative pace compares to the rest of the field.  

“The team have done an incredible job with our car build, and they’ve put a lot of time and effort in over the last few months to get these cars together, so I’m confident they’re going to be pretty good.” 

The New South Wales street circuit will certainly put the cars to the test, with undoubtedly high attrition rates and a top speed of 226km/h, it’s certainly going to be one action packed weekend.  

Reynolds has enjoyed success in Newcastle and is also one of just three drivers to have completed every racing lap at the circuit. 

“Newcastle was a challenge in itself with the old cars, so I’ve got no idea how this weekend is going to go in this style of car. It’s going to be a funny old weekend and certainly very interesting,” said Reynolds. 

 “I’ve had a pretty good run at this track in the past. I’ve driven some fast cars there, have been on the podium and I’ve also been on pole as well, so my stats at this track are quite good.” 

“I also love street tracks, the city is awesome to be in and they really turn it on for the weekend, so I’m really looking forward to it and I’m excited!”  

The Repco Supercars will hit the track for three Practice sessions Friday 10th March, followed by qualifying and two 250km races across Saturday and Sunday.  

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