This weekend will kick off the first of three rounds of the endurance races at the Penrite Oil Sandown 500. David Reynolds and co-driver, Garth Tander will be sporting a once-off tribute livery to legendary racer, Allan Moffat who is also a Dementia Australia patron.
The #26 Penrite Oil entry will feature bold red, orange and yellow as well as the original Penrite Oil logo with the aim of raising awareness and community support for patients and their families affected by dementia.
The striking livery is based on Moffat’s 1979 XC Federation Falcon and is also a nod to Moffat’s successful racing career, with the Canadian-born driver a four-time champion, four-time Bathurst winner and six-time Sandown winner.
“It’s really cool to be running this once-off livery this weekend,” said Reynolds.
“It’s a great way to create awareness for Dementia Australia and to also pay tribute to the great Allan Moffat. I do enjoy seeing all the different liveries everyone comes up with for the Sandown event, so it’s a lot of fun.”
Reynolds is eager to jump into the car and admits he’s looking forward to pairing with Garth (Tander) and seeing what they can do this weekend.
“Obviously the two-driver races are back – the Sandown 500… 161 laps! I’m really looking forward to pairing with Garth for the endurance races,” said Reynolds.
“It’s quite funny; as Garth was actually a mentor of mine when I first started, he was teaching me how to do everything back in like 2006 / 07. We were teammates in 2009 when I was with HSV, then we sort of parted ways and now we’ve ended up sharing the car together – so what a weird circle of events!
“It’s going to be a very different race this weekend, with the old car it used to burn a lot more fuel whereas the new gen3 car doesn’t burn as much fuel, so we’re looking at under 2litres a lap, whereas the old car was over 3litres a lap. So, previously it was a fuel and tyre race, whereas this weekend will pretty much be just a tyre race which means we’ll be looking to make our car as fast as we can during the stints.
“If everything goes to plan, we have a really good chance of finishing with a great result.”
For Reynolds, a podium at the Sandown event would be bittersweet.
“I’ve been on pole at Sandown before, but I’ve never ended up on the podium. I’ve been close, but Triple Eight have always been hard to beat there. So, it’ll be interesting to see what this weekend holds – a new car, strategy is involved and of course co-drivers too, so it’ll be a bit different to previous years and good to watch I reckon!,” said Reynolds.
“I’m feeling really pumped, I love this track and I love this race – so I’m really looking forward to it!
The Repco Supercars hit the track for three 30-minute practice sessions on Friday 16th September.
View the weekend schedule here – https://www.supercars.com/sandown/2023-penrite-oil-sandown-500-schedule-results/
View the TV guide here – https://www.supercars.com/tv-schedule/