The Repco Supercars Championship will head to the Sunshine Coast for the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 this weekend, 27-29th October and while the atmosphere makes it a popular event on the calendar, the Surfers Paradise street circuit holds some fond memories for David Reynolds.  

After coming away from the Repco Bathurst 1000 round with an impressive fifth place finish, there’s no denying that the Penrite Racing driver is hungry for an overdue podium finish.  

“Bathurst 1000 wasn’t too bad in the end. We ended up fifth after the bogus penalty which was pretty cool. It was awesome to work with Garth (Tander), he’s such a good guy; very knowledgeable and very experienced, so it was an honor to have been able to pair up with him,” said Reynolds.  

“I’m really looking forward to the Gold Coast round, it’s the best event of the year; besides Bathurst, this is the round that I look forward to the most. The track is fun to drive, the curbs are big, the walls don’t move, we have big crashes, there’s massive moments, racing through the streets of Gold Coast with big buildings everywhere; it’s pretty cool.  

“It’s great to come over to some warmer weather and of course the atmosphere is pumping too, so it makes for one of the best weekends on the calendar for sure.” 

It was back in 2013, when Reynolds won his first Supercars podium at the ArmorAll Gold Coast 600 with co-driver Dean Canto.  

“I won the Gold Coast race 10 years ago with Dean (Canto), which was a long time ago!” said Reynolds.  

“It was my first race win in Supercars so, the Gold Coast round is always a pretty special one.” 

Reynolds also managed to snag a podium finish at last year’s Gold Coast event, after scoring a pole position.  

“Last year we ended up on pole position and that was probably one of the best laps I’ve ever done in my life,” said Reynolds.  

“I managed to be able to put it all together in the Shootout and my car was amazing and we got pole position. We ended up second in the race, after Shane (Van Gisbergen) got us 10 laps in, his car was a lot better over the distance.  

“But there was a lot of drama in that race, my steering wheel was coming loose which was pretty hectic! This round is always good for some action.”  

A change in the tyre bundles will be the biggest transformation to the track this year, with tyre bundles being replaced by sensors at the famous beach chicane.  

The Surfers Paradise street circuit features two major chicanes – Turns 1,2,3 as well as Turns 6,7,8,9,10 along the back straight which will be impacted. The decision to remove the tyre bundles comes after a multi-car pile up last year that caused excessive damage to multiple cars.  

“There will still be plenty of opportunities for us drivers to find trouble on track,” said Reynolds.  

“The tyre bundles do quite a bit of damage to the cars and these Gen3 cars are a lot different to the old cars. I don’t think too much will change really, we still have sensors and regulations – so I’m sure there will still be plenty of repairs going on.”  

This weekend will also see Reynolds swap his usual helmet for a limited-edition Pink Helmet in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), commissioned by sponsor JAX Tyres and Auto. On conclusion of the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, the helmet will then be auctioned off; with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  

 More details here – https://www.lloydsonline.com.au/AuctionDetails.aspx?aid=45511&fbclid=IwAR2-pyyNYBn0diAidzTP1lbpdrT1YB2t81WAhi8ByOGIjUCqPnycMc_bElc  

Track action for the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 will commence on Friday 27th October.