SOLID WEEKEND FOR REYNOLDS IN PERTH

David Reynolds has had impressive weekend at the Bosch Tools Perth Supersprint, finishing no lower than fourth place other than in Sunday’s Race 8, after being pushed off the track and ultimately forcing him to cross the line in P14, the lowest placed position of the weekend.  

Reynolds turned heads and fell back into a groove, kicking the weekend off on a high, topping the 90-minute practice session by 0.0348s ahead of Todd Hazelwood.  

 “It was such a good feeling to come straight out of the gates and finish the session as the fastest car, even if it was practice,” said Reynolds.  

 “It was the longest practice session we’ve had in a long time, but it went really fast in the car. There were a few red flags and I got out of the car a couple of times to have a rest, but the team did such a fantastic job. 

 “It was really good work by the crew, and everyone collectively worked together, we made the car better. The guys have built a fantastic car, the majority of the time we roll out, we can be at the front. It was a huge tick in the box topping the timesheets for the first session though, and it gave us the confidence we all needed.”  

A three-part qualifying started Saturday’s action, with the Penrite racer setting great pace, topping the timesheet in stage 2 and qualifying in third after part 3’s session.  

Starting from the second row of the grid, Reynolds continued his stellar pace into Race 7. The #26 Penrite Racing Mustang held third position for the majority of the race, whilst up ahead Brodie Kostecki and Shane Van Gisbergen were locked in combat, fighting for first place. On lap 41, Reynolds attempted a move on Kostecki, but couldn’t make it stick and crossed the line in third, claiming his second podium for the year.

“We put ourselves in a really good position qualifying up the front. We had a small drama in qualifying though, which stopped us from getting pole, but we started third and finished third, so all in all it was a good day,” said Reynolds.

Reynolds was the benchmark Ford driver in Sunday’s qualifying session for Race 8, qualifying second. A back-to-back session saw Reynolds qualify in P4 for the final race of the weekend.

With a front row start, hopes were high for Reynolds to bring home another trophy, however a collision with Anton De Pasquale at Turn 7 diminished any ambitions of a podium finish and forced the #26 Ford Mustang into the sand.

The incident saw sand running through the car’s brake ducts and caused damage to the bearings and ultimately forced Reynolds to finish in P14. 

“I got pushed off the track and got some sand in my brake duct,” said Reynolds.  

“That literally destroyed the front of the car, and it was very difficult to win the race after that.”

Race 9 would round out the Bosch Tools Perth SuperSprint and Reynolds would be starting from fourth for the final race. A requirement to complete one compulsory pitstop, and a minimum of two tyres changes, Reynolds pushed hard for the 42-lap sprint and managed to bring it home in P4.  

“I drove the wheels off the car for the final race. I was flat out the whole time and finished fourth, so there was not a lot of pace left in the car,” said Reynolds.  

“All in all it was a great weekend from the team. Good steps, everything like that was working well.  

“The wins aren’t too far away, we just need to be a little bit better on race day.” 

Reynolds currently sits sixth in the Repco Supercars Championship with 533 points.  

The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship will resume at the NED Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint on May 19-21.

 

 

RESULTS 

Friday 28th April 

Practice 1 – 1st  

Saturday 29th April 

Qualifying (Race 7) – 3rd  

Race 7 – 3rd 

Sunday 30th April 

Qualifying (Race 8) – 2nd  

Qualifying (Race 9) – 4th  

Race 8 – 14th  

Race 9 – 4th  

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