Round 1 of the Supercars Championship has been successful for David Reynolds in his ‘new’ team at Kelly Grove Racing at the Repco Mt Panorama 500.
Whilst shiny silverware is always nice to bring home after a weekend of racing, for the 35-year-old it was all about concentrating on gelling with his new teammates and familiarising himself with a new car setup, and that he did.
“This weekend has been really positive for me, I feel like I’ve settled into the team really well, I’m enjoying the vibe and things are heading in the right direction,” said Reynolds.
Saturday’s qualifying session saw Reynolds fall just short of the Top Ten Shootout and he would start the first race of the season from 13th. The #26 Penrite Mustang didn’t quite get off the line as hoped, pushing Reynolds to 18th in the opening laps.
Able to salvage positions through pit strategy, the Penrite Racing entry was able to charge through the pack and work its way into P9, which is where Reynolds would finish.
Sunday proved positive signs for the Albury-born racer, claiming 9th in qualifying, giving him a spot in the Top Ten Shootout. With changing track conditions that the team hadn’t planned for, the minor changes made ahead of the Shootout weren’t quite enough and 9th is where Reynolds would start the race.
David’s race start jeopardised his top ten start and he had slipped back a few positions in the opening lap. Similar to Saturday’s strategy, the team opted for the early pitstop which proved beneficial again, as the #26 Mustang crossed the line 11th.
“We never really had a base to start from, you don’t get a lot of test miles to see where you’re at. We’re ninth and eleventh which is pretty much mid-pack, is it good? It’s ok but we want to be up the pointy end, now that we’ve done a few miles and I’m feeling more comfortable in the car, we think we know what we need so we’ve just got to go and build it,” said Reynolds.
“We can still be positive with this weekend, I think we did improve over the three days, we did make the car a bit better here and there, but we didn’t fix our main problem with the car and we weren’t going to fix it here this weekend, so we just need to work out exactly what that problem is and work on a fix. That’s going to take time, it’s not going to happen overnight.
“But overall, I’m feeling good, I’m feeling confident in the team and looking forward to digging into all of the data over the next few weeks as we get ready for the Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint.”
The Supercars hit the track for the Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint 20-21 March.