REYNOLDS SET FOR SYDNEY’S RACE UNDER LIGHTS

The Repco Supercars Championship is set to take on the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight 28-30 July, which will be the 19th championship race to be held under lights, and the ninth at Sydney Motorsport Park.  

David Reynolds is looking forward to getting back in the car after enduring a mixed weekend of results at the NTI Townsville, although this weekend will see a change in the usual format. The Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight will run across two-days; Saturday will host two 30-minute practice sessions, followed by qualifying and a 51-lap night race. Sunday will round out the weekend, with qualifying and a 36-lap race.  

“I’m looking forward to this weekend,” said Reynolds. 

“Night races are lots of fun, everything feels like it’s going a-million miles an hour faster, because you don’t have a reference point. So, it takes a couple of laps to get used to it and then it’s not too bad.  

“The track changes quite a lot. It gets really cold, the ambience is really cold and the car understeers a lot more because it’s got more grip.  

“It’s going to be a fun weekend. It’s generally not a strong track for me to be honest. I’ve had some good results there, but as a whole it’s heavily, heavily reliant on car setup and getting the most out of the car.

“It’s completely different to a street track, but the glimmer of hope we do have is that it’s sort of similar to Perth (in a way), with the medium speed corners and we were really good at Perth.”  

This weekend is classed as a ‘Sprint Event’, and as per the Supercars’ Operational Manual, all sprint events offer five bonus points to the driver that sets the fastest lap of the race. However, to be eligible drivers must finish inside the top 15.  

Strategy will again be a major talking point, with a compulsory pit stop (CPS) and an 80-litre fuel drop required. The Dunlop Soft Tyre compound will be the choice of tyre for the weekend, and each entry will have six sets of tyres to get through qualifying and the two races after Saturday’s two practice sessions. It’ll be up to teams to choose whether they attempt a two-stop or stick with the required one CPS.  

“It’s going to be an interesting weekend. I don’t usually like the two-day race meetings; it just feels like the sessions are jammed in a lot more. But I’m looking forward to it and can’t wait to go racing back under lights again; it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Reynolds.  

“Obviously strategy is going to be vital again this weekend, so we’ll have to work out what’s going to suit us best heading into the races.  

“We have shown we can qualify well, so hopefully we can continue to do that and then hopefully have a good run come the races.”  

Practice 1 commences on Saturday 29th July at 12:15pm local time, with the 51-lapper kicking off at 7:05pm.  

View the schedule here – https://www.supercars.com/2023-beaurepaires-sydney-supernight-schedule-results/  

Click here to see where you can catch all the action – https://www.supercars.com/tv-schedule/  

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