VALO ADELAIDE 500 WRAP UP – DAVID REYNOLDS

The Repco Supercars Championship has been won and run for the 2022 season.

Whilst a podium eluded David Reynolds, Penrite Racing Team took home fifth in the Teams’ Championship.

Reynolds showed plenty of pace early in the weekend, qualifying sixth ahead of Race 33, giving him a spot in the Top Ten Shootout. An incredible lap gave Dave the third fastest lap time in the Top Ten Shootout, however a technical error forced him back into P10 ahead of the 78-lap race.

“I wasn’t sure how we were going to go in qualifying, practice we had been mid-pack and still trying to find pace, but we made a bit of a change to the balance of the car and we managed to come out in sixth and make the Top Ten Shootout, which was awesome,” said Reynolds.

“The guidelines are so tight, it was a shame about the wing error, which ultimately put us to the back of the top ten.”

Starting mid-pack, Reynolds had some work ahead of him; the team opting to pit the #26 Penrite Mustang early in the race to get one of the two compulsory pit stops out of the way. Unfortunately, on lap 16 the Penrite racer had an off at Turn 11, costing him some time. Reynolds pushed hard and managed to charge home in P11.

The sweltering heat continued into the final day of the season and Reynolds was determined to qualify further up the grid. Lap times were again tight, and the Penrite racer just scraped into the Top Ten Shootout, crossing the line in P10. Unable to better the position, tenth is where Reynolds would start the final race.

With plenty of action, the team opted to again pit Reynolds early on lap 18/78 whilst under a Safety Car and re-joined in P4. The Albury born racer continued to hold on, sitting comfortably in sixth, however an incident with Bryce Fullwood stirred the field after yet another Safety Car was brought out. Drivers raced to the pits, Reynolds re-joining in seventh.

With only 27 laps remaining, an attempt from Will Davison to cut on the inside of Reynolds went horribly wrong, spinning the #26 Penrite Mustang around and forcing Dave to the back of the field. Charging from P18, Reynolds managed to pick up some spots and cross the line in 15th.

“That was a crazy race. I was doing ok until I got spun around, which was a bit frustrating. But that’s racing! We would have finished much higher than where we did if that hadn’t of happened,” said Reynolds.

“But I’m super proud of the team and what we’ve achieved all year. A big thanks also to all of our sponsors and supporters. Bring on next year!”

The 37-year-old also managed to come away with 8th in the Recpo Supercars Championship points.

The Supercars Championship will return in March 2023, at the Thrifty Newcastle 500. View the 2023 calendar here – https://www.supercars.com/2023-calendar/

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