After a heart-breaking run at the Penrite Oil Sandown 500, David Reynolds is more than ready for the Repco Bathurst 1000 this weekend. A fresh new livery reveal and some potentially new parity changes has spurred hope a podium could be on the cards.
Whilst the #26 Penrite Racing Mustang showed speed at last month’s Sandown event, a loose wheel nut caused a tyre to come off when Garth (Tander) was behind the wheel; forcing an early finish for the duo. Concerns about the safety of the Supercars Gen3 wheel nut continued when another tyre came loose during a sponsor ride day, this time Erebus the team to fall victim to the incident.
“Obviously there’s been huge discussions about the new Gen3 wheel nut. Supercars have been working hard on fixing the design to hopefully be safer and have managed to roll it out before the race this weekend, which is comforting,” said Reynolds.
“Our car had plenty of speed at Sandown, so hopefully we can continue that speed into Bathurst this weekend.
Furthermore, there’s no hiding that Supercars have also been in discussion with teams regarding an aerodynamic change to the Mustang, a decision which is said to be made on Wednesday.
“There are (possibly) a few updates coming to our aero kit, to hopefully make the front of the car less inefficient and a bit slipperier. Modifications are said to be to the front bar and rear wing. They’ve got a bigger rear wing to try, no idea whether it’s going to work, it could be our saving grace.But it’s a good sign that they’re trying things though,” said Reynolds.
The Mountain will host the new Gen3 cars for the first time this weekend, whilst tyre compounds will also be new.
“We’re on the soft tyre this year, for the first time ever. We’ve previously run a hard tyre, so soft tyres are going to be a bit tricky, but I think they suit these cars a lot better. The Gen3 cars have a lot less aero, so we’re going to be slower than what we have been in the past,” said Reynolds.
“But I’m looking forward to it. The weather is looking good. Possible rain on Wednesday, but then hopefully clear and a top of 20 degrees for race day.
“I can’t wait to get out there for the first practice session on Thursday, it’s going to be interesting!”
Last year’s Bathurst event didn’t go to plan for the Penrite racer, after Reynolds and co-driver Matt Campbell exited out early after a lap 5 pile-up at The Chase.
“We didn’t have a great run last year, so hopefully Garth and I have better luck this year and finish with some well-earned results!” said Reynolds.
The Repco Supercars hit the track for practice one on Thursday October 5 at 1:20pm AEST.
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