The Merlin Darwin Triple Crown will kick off at Hidden Valley Raceway for Round 6 of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship this weekend, with David Reynolds looking to continue his impressive charge up the championship ladder.
“Darwin’s been a special place for me in the past, I’ve had a few wins, a few poles here,” says the #26 Penrite Racing Mustang driver, who won in both 2015 at 2018 at the 2.9km circuit.
In 2022, the Hidden Valley weekend will be the first ever official Supercars Indigenous Round, with the #26 Penrite Racing Mustang featuring a unique livery created in collaboration with Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) and designed by MITS Boarding House Manager, Lorraine Kabbindi White.
“I’m really pleased Supercars has really taken on Aboriginal culture and displayed it in our championship and our race teams and our cars – I hope everyone in the sport embraces it and runs with it,” Reynolds said.
The three-day Darwin Supercars round commences with multiple practice sessions on Friday, before a three-stage knockout qualifying session for Saturday’s 38-lap race, which will be Race 16 of the season. Sunday will see all-in 10-minute qualifying sessions for Races 17 and 18, which will also be 38-lap contests.
“You’ve got to tune your car for the conditions, but our rollout pace is pretty much a Top Five cars these days – you’ve got to have a good car here … every time I get off the plane here [in Darwin] it’s just a good vibe, I get a good feeling; [It] kind of feels like you’re on holiday and you’ve got this racetrack with a good layout, its nice smooth flowing surface.”
Reynolds is currently fifth in the championship standings on 966 points thanks to a remarkable run of consistency that has seen multiple pole positions and a string of podiums since Symmons Plains back in March. At the previous round at Winton, Reynolds showed serious pace to shatter the lap record before adding two more podiums and a fourth to his 2022 results.
“We had enough pace to match them [rivals] we just didn’t qualify as well, and that was our biggest failure for the weekend,” Reynolds said. “We had a really good Winton round and a really good debrief so we’re looking to build on that. There’s plenty we can still do.
“There’s still a lot of parts there we’re updating: radiators, air dams – heaps of stuff. We’ve been back on the dyno and we’re running a bit richer for more horsepower. These little bits keep adding up [and] adding up so hopefully it’s more lap time, more podiums and more wins for us.”
“We’ve got a few setup ideas to going to try – one’s quiet a big swing in Practice we’re going to try on Friday in Practice 1, so if we go really good in Practice 1 you know that’s a good change! I’m really looking forward to it.”
The 2022 Merlin Triple Crown begins on Friday June 17, 2022, with live coverage live on Fox Sports, Kayo and Channel 7. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketek here.