The Repco Supercars Championship head to the VAILO Adelaide 500 for the final round of the season 23-26th November. This weekend will also mark an end of an era for David Reynolds who will part ways with the Grove Racing team and long-time sponsor, Penrite Oil.
Reynolds is hopeful though that they can finish on a high at Adelaide, after coming off the back of a win at the Gold Coast 500.
“This weekend is the last round of the year, it’s a bit of a roller coaster weekend really,” said Reynolds.
“It’ll be the last race with the team (Grove Racing) and also with Penrite Oil. We’ve had such a good partnership and relationship over the last 8 years with Penrite and of course with the Groves the last 2 years, so it’s going to be a bit sad. I’ll also be saying goodbye to my engineer, I’ve been with Al for a while too – so it’s going to be a hard one to leave.”
Although Reynolds reflects on the end of an era, the 38-year old is looking forward to this weekend; the win at Gold Coast making it a little more alluring.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend. It’s another street track and we’re coming off the back of Gold Coast where we had a win which (was also a street circuit); so I’m pumped to get back out there,” said Reynolds.
“It’s a really good feeling. We know our car setup is pretty good. The fundamental difference between the Adelaide and Gold Coast tracks is the surface is quite new at Adelaide. It’s only been resurfaced in the last 18 months. Last year we had a lot of dramas where it wasn’t cured properly and the track was breaking up and everyone was crashing because of it, which made it really hard to setup for. So, hopefully this year it’s had a bit of time to cure and it won’t be breaking up as much.”
This weekend’s format will see one practice session on Thursday afternoon, followed by a second practice session and qualifying on Friday. Practice 3 will kick off Saturday’s action with also the top ten shootout and the first race. Qualifying, another top ten shootout and the final 250km race will see out the weekend.
Soft tyres will be the choice of compound for the weekend, with two compulsory pit stops required and 100Litres of fuel required to be dropped.
“I’m really looking forward to it, two 250km races (75laps each), said Reynolds.
“Qualifying is going to be really important, as it always is. There’s no room for error at this track.
“It’s an absolutely crazy circuit. Turn 8 is a minimum speed of 200kms/hr, there’s one line through there and it’s honestly the scariest corner of the whole year, so it’ll be interesting to see how these cars go around there as these cars don’t have as much aero and they move around a lot more.
“I think our car is going to be fast though. It’s really up to us to do a good job in qualifying and set ourselves up. I have faith that we can end up on the top step of the podium again. We’ve shown that we’re capable, so there’s no reason that we can’t do it again. It would be a really nice way to end the year.”
All the action kicks off on Thursday 23rd November at 4:10pm local time for practice one. Coverage of the weekend will be televised on KAYO and Fox Sports, with Saturday and Sunday’s racing being broadcast on Ch7 and Ch7Plus. Check your local guides for times.