TOUGH WEEKEND FOR REYNOLDS AT THE NED WHISKY TASMANIA SUPERSPRINT

David Reynolds has endured a challenging NED Whisky Tasmania Supersprint, struggling to find speed throughout the weekend. With it being the first time racing the new Gen3 car around Symmons Plains, finding the right setup proved difficult.  

“Unfortunately, our weekend at Tassie didn’t quite go to plan,” admitted Reynolds. 

“We pretty much struggled from the moment we rolled out of the truck. We didn’t have much pace throughout the weekend and from there, we were pretty much chasing our tail really.  

“We kept trying different bits and pieces on the car, but it was tricky given we hadn’t driven these Gen3 cars around Symmons Plains, so every round we’re trying to figure out the best set up.” 

Saturday was a busy day with two 30-minute practice sessions before a three-part qualifying session and one 42-lap race. With Symmons Plains being such a short track, qualifying is vital, and a technical error forced Reynolds to the back of the field, putting him in an awkward position come the race. 

Although starting from the back of the pack, Reynolds managed to pick up a few spots, pushing his Penrite Mustang to finish in 16th place.   

“I had a bit of drama in qualifying again, the gear shift failed so, we were down in 23rd place which didn’t give us the best start in the race. Because of this, we also didn’t get a good read on the car and so made a bit of a swing going into the race and it didn’t really pay off. My car didn’t feel that fast, but I still had some fun,” said Reynolds. 

“Jack Smith and I had a good battle out there too. I had some fun with teammate, Matthew Payne too; towing in and doing some team work to get past Smith, so that was fun, and there was just some cool ‘in the moment’ stuff.”

Sunday continued to be difficult for the Penrite garage, with the #26 Mustang qualifying ninth and 18th respectively.  

“I had a few dramas on the final day. In qualifying I locked a few brakes, where I shouldn’t have. So, that was definitely driver error. The car was really hard to drive though, and so we ended up 9th and 18th for the races,” said Reynolds.  

“In the first race I had contact with Shane Van Gisbergen and that sort of ruined my race and we ended up a lap down.  

“The next race we started 18th and all I could manage was 12th.  We moved forward, which was a positive, but we certainly struggled in key areas where the cars need to be fast. We’ll sit down and review. Now it’s time to move forward and look ahead to Darwin, which I’m really looking forward to – especially the warmer weather!” 

Reynolds now sits in eighth position in Championship points, 345 points behind front runner, Brodie Kostecki.  

The Repco Supercars Championship next head to the Betr Darwin Triple Crown 16 – 18 June.  

 

RESULTS 

Saturday 20th May 

Practice 1 – 13th  

Practice 2 – 16th  

Qualifying (Race 10) – 23rd  

Race 10 – 16th  

 

Sunday 21st May 

Qualifying (Race 11) – 9th  

Qualifying 12 (Race 12) – 18th  

Race 11 – 23rd  

Race 12 – 12th  

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