Penrite Racing driver, David Reynolds has had an epic weekend at the Gold Coast 500, claiming third place in Saturdays Race 25 and first in Sunday’s race. The win comes after a five-year drought, with his last success on the top step of the podium at Newcastle in 2018. Additionally, the victory also marks the first win under the sole Grove Racing ownership.   

An impressive weekend for Reynolds, who finished no lower than seventh in the sessions across Saturday and Sunday. The racing across the weekend saw the two closest competitive margins across two consecutive days at the Gold Coast, which inevitably excited fans.  

Reynolds managed to come out firing for Saturday’s qualifying session, finishing seventh; but went on to better his position by two places in the Top Ten Shootout, to start the race from fifth. The street circuit didn’t fail to disappoint, creating plenty of action as drivers flew past the concrete walls at a top speed of 265km/h. The first chicane always causing some drama, as (Tim) Slade found the wall in the opening lap.  

Two compulsory pit stops were required, and most teams opted for the shorter amount of fuel in the first stint; including Reynolds, who managed to pip Cam (Waters) for first on the re-join. The battle continued between the pair, both putting up a fight, however Waters came out stronger and managed to hold onto first position. Whilst second was looking promising, the #26 Penrite Mustang had his work cut out for him; after (Shane) Van Gisbergen managed a sneaky pass on him at Turn 15. Reynolds managed to cross the line and take home a third-place finish. 

The excitement continued into Sunday, as Reynolds had another spectacular run; qualifying third and then second in the Top Ten Shootout. The #26 Penrite Racing Mustang would start from the first row of the grid, hungry for a well-earned podium finish.  

It would be (Brodie) Kostecki who held Reynolds off at the start, however; Reynolds smartly settled into second, aware of tyre strategy and 85-laps still to go. It was then (Chaz) Mostert who tried his luck on Reynolds, charging hard on the outside of Reynolds as they approached the first lot of chicanes. However, the Penrite racer did well to defend his position and maintained P2.  

The anticipation grew after Reynolds pipped Kostecki for first on the re-join on lap 60/85. The duo continued to battle and with 13-laps to go, Kostecki continued to put the pressure on Reynolds, riding hard behind him, even bumping into the rear of the #26 Mustang. The pressure became too much and Kostecki charged hard to overtake for first.  

The battle wasn’t over and Reynolds hungry for a victory, gave Kostecki a dose of his own antics and with a clever manoeuvre, managed to claim first place back with only 10-laps to go. A last-minute Safety Car would continue to put the pressure on Reynolds, bunching up the field with only 8-laps remaining. Kostecki remained tight on the #26 Mustangs tail, however Reynolds managed to defend up until to the finish line and claimed his position on the top step of the podium.  

“Wow!” said Reynolds.  

“What an incredible weekend. The team did such a fantastic job all weekend, the car felt mega and it was really cool to see both of the Penrite cars really competitive.  

“It’s been a long time coming, but it makes this victory that bit more bittersweet! I had some really awesome battles, and it was a really mature and sensible fight with Kostecki, all the way up until the finish line.  

“I said to him before the race that I was going for first, so if I had to take him out and it affect his Championship points; it didn’t bother me.  

“A big thanks to all the team and sponsors for your continued support, it means a lot and I’m glad we were able to get this win and have such a fantastic weekend.  

“Also, a special mention to JAX Tyres & Auto for their initiative with mine and the crew’s pink helmets to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. I’m pleased to say that my helmet was auctioned off and raised an incredible $15,500. I’m really stoked that I was able to be a part of such an important cause.  

“Looking forward to getting to Adelaide for the next round! It’s another street circuit, so hopefully we’ll have the same pace and be able to grab some more impressive results.” 

Reynolds’ success at the Gold Coast has elevated his standings in the Championship, and now sits 12th overall.   

The 2023 Repco Supercars Championship will conclude at the VAILO Adelaide 500 on November 23-26. 

 

Results  

Friday 27th October 

Practice 1 – 23rd  

Practice 2 – 16th  

Saturday 28th October 

Qualifying – 7th  

Top Ten Shootout – 5th  

Race 25 – 3rd  

Sunday 29th October 

Qualifying – 3rd 

Top Ten Shootout – 2nd  

Race 26 – 1st  

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