David Reynolds has had another challenging weekend, as the Supercars took on the second round of the double-header at The Bend on the weekend. Unfortunately, though for Reynolds, he struggled to sit inside the top 10, with his highest placed finish being 14th in Sunday’s qualifying session.
Reynolds didn’t quite get off to the start he’d hoped when he was disqualified in Saturday’s qualifying session and was forced to start the race from P24, instead of 21st. Impressively though, the 35-year old got a great start in the race, making up four positions in the opening lap. An early pit stop on lap five meant Reynolds was able to make the most of his fresh rear tyres early on and gain as many positions as possible, before he crossed the line in 16th.
“Unfortunately, qualifying was pretty ordinary. I wasn’t able to make the most of my lap and that kind of set us up for the race really. I qualified 21st, but then was disqualified and put back into 24th and so it was hard to claw my way back from there,” said Reynolds.
“I got a great start in the race, which got us into a good rhythm. It was a great effort to be able to jump up eight positions in the race, just a shame we were that far back to begin with.
“We had a fairly fast car otherwise, so had we qualified better I reckon we would have been comfortably inside the top ten at least.”
Determined for a better day on the Sunday, the Penrite racer qualified 16th and 14th respectively, with times between drivers minimal. It was a chaotic race 29, and Reynolds opted for the early pit again, taking rear tyres only. Unfortunately, on lap 21, a driveline issue terminated the #9 Penrite’s run to the finish line and was forced to park the car to a stop. A Safety Car was called, and the #9 Penrite Commodore was taken back to the pits and unfortunately, it was a DNF for Reynolds.
The team managed to get the #9 car back out for the final race, where Reynolds would line up in P14. Unfortunately, the Penrite racer was unable to hold position and dropped down to P16 in the opening laps. David was one of the first to pit, on lap six and once all cars had filtered through for their stop 17th was all Reynolds could hang onto.
“I struggled to make the most of the weekend unfortunately. I felt like I couldn’t get the car to work at the right time for me and unfortunately, the margins were so tight that only a couple tenths put me down the back,” said the 35-year old.
“The smallest difference would have had me in the top ten and then I would have been in a good position where I could fight from.
“It’s onto Bathurst now which I’m really looking forward to and putting this weekend behind me. I’m feeling confident that we can have a good weekend there, it’s a track I love to drive and there’s no questioning that we are fast there so let’s hope that we can bounce back where it really matters.
The Penrite racing team head back to their temporary base in Mount Gambier, South Australia for two weeks ahead of the final round of the season, Bathurst 15- 18 October.
Saturday 26th September
Practice 1 – 11th
Practice 2 – 19th
Qualifying (Race 28) – DSQ
Race 28 – 16th
Sunday 27th September
Qualifying (Race 29) – 16th
Qualifying (Race 30) – 14th
Race 29 – NC
Race 30 – 17th