David Reynolds and Garth Tander were in contention for a podium finish during Sunday’s 500km race at the Penrite Oil Sandown 500, when a horrifying incident occurred, ending hopes for the duo. Tander, who was running in fourth position and was only 20-laps into the first stint, became a passenger when the right-rear wheel came loose spiraling the car out of control and pulling the car to a halt at the Turn 9 sand trap.
The stray wheel continued to cause havoc, as it bounced into the #6 Monster Energy entry, with James Moffat behind the wheel and damaged the rear wing of the Tickford Mustang.
Despite speculations, the cause of the drama is set to be due to a loose wheel nut, however further investigations are on-going.
“I cannot believe it,” admitted a disheartened Reynolds.
“We just cannot seem to catch a break. We were going so well leading into Sunday, the car felt really good, we qualified well, and Garth was doing a mega job holding it up the front – albeit for 20-odd laps. We had a fast car otherwise.”
The #26 Penrite Mustang showed plenty of pace leading up to Sunday, rounding out the practice sessions inside the top 15 and finished sixth in the qualifying session, which was corrected to eighth after the top ten shootout.
“The car felt really good across the weekend. I was happy with my qualifying stint, so that gives us plenty of hope going into Bathurst,” said Reynolds.
“We’ll turn the car around and give it another good crack at The Mountain!”
The Repco Supercars Championship next head to Mount Panorama to take on the Repco Bathurst 1000, 5-8th October.
Friday 15th September
Practice 1 – 12th
Practice 2 – 22nd
Practice 3 – 13th
Saturday 16th September
Practice 4 – 6th
Qualifying – 6th
Top Ten Shootout – 8th
Sunday 17th September
Race 23 – DNF