TOP 10 FINISH FOR REYNOLDS IN PERTH

David Reynolds has come away with an impressive 10th place finish in the final race of the Bosch Power Tools SuperSprint, after what was a rocky start to the weekend.  

 

Wanneroo Raceway proved testing, with Reynolds placing 16th in Friday’s practice session and 10th in Saturday’s practice.  

 

“We rolled out reasonable okay,” said Reynolds.  

 

“This track is always very hard to set your car up for. As a driver, it’s hard to decipher what was a big change and what not, because the tyres degrade a bit there, the car’s always moving around; so, it’s a difficult place to make gains. I had some inconsistencies in my front end, and after practice, they changed it back to what it was for the last round.  

 

“I was on my best lap during the first practice session, and I half sprayed it myself into the last corner, and I think I should have been maybe sixth or seventh on the time sheet. All in all, it wasn’t a bad day I just didn’t maximise my tyre set.” 

 

Come Saturday’s qualifying session, Reynolds managed to progress through to Part 2 and had pace to challenge the top ten but couldn’t execute and ultimately came away in 19th.  

 

Starting from the rear of the grid, it was a battle from the outset and Reynolds struggled with car balance. With difficulties in race pace, Reynolds could only manage to put the #20 TRADIE Beer Mustang two places ahead of where he started.  

 

It was a day of what could have been. If I didn’t stuff it up in qualifying, I reckon we would have had a much better day,” said Reynolds.  

 

“I made a mistake in qualifying, buried us down to 19th, when I think my car should have been in the top 10. That strategy was high risk, but high reward and it just didn’t come off for us, but I think that at the end of the day it really came down to the process we had in place, and it didn’t match the time. There were a few things that led us to that, but all in all, it came down to me in that last corner and maybe sprayed it a little bit. I’m not sure whether that would have changed much for us though, but it would have been very close.  

 

“In the race, we just didn’t have much pace from start to finish. We had a lot of understeer in the car which chewed up the fronts, then chewed up the rears, so I struggled a lot. It was one of those days that nothing seemed to go our way.” 

 

With the team having forfeited a green set of tyres for practice on Sunday morning; this allowed Reynolds and the team to tune their set up ahead of qualifying in preparation for the final race.  

 

Reynolds progressed to the final knockout stage in qualifying but used an extra set of tyres to get through to the final stage and so qualified ninth on worn tyres.  

 

Come the race, the #20 TRADIE Beer Racing Camaro was able to hold onto position and finished in an impressive P10.  

 

“We rolled out for qualifying with a much better idea of what we were going to do. We started off in Q1, made it through to Q2, and then we used all of our sets of tyres and made it into Q3. But unfortunately, once we got to Q3, we had no more tyres left, so we ended up qualifying ninth, which was much better than the previous day,” said Reynolds.  

 

“In the race, we went for a much wider swing on the setup, because Saturday’s car was pretty average, so myself and Krusty and the team put our heads together and come up with some really good ideas and I think that worked because I was able to maintain my pace and we finished 10th overall in the final race. 

 

“It was great to improve over the weekend and finish on a high. We’ve got a test day coming up which will be important for the rest of the year. Onwards and upwards.”  

 

The Repco Supercars Championship will next head to Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway for the annual Supercars indigenous round on 14-16 June. 

 

Results: 

Friday 17th May 

Practice 1 – 16th  

 Saturday 18th May 

Practice 2 – 10th  

Qualifying – 19th  

Race 9 – 17th  

Sunday 19th May 

Practice 2 – 22nd  

Qualifying – 9th  

Race 10 – 10th  

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