REYNOLDS FINDS FORM IN DARWIN

REYNOLDS FINDS FORM IN DARWIN

David Reynolds has come away with some confidence under his belt after a fortunate weekend at the betr Darwin Triple Crown.  

 

The Team 18 driver of the #20 TRADIE Beer Racing entry found consistency across the weekend, improving on his results for each session.  

 

“We went into Darwin feeling pretty good. We’d previously had a test day and felt comfortable with the cars heading into the weekend,” said Reynolds. 

 

“Friday’s practice wasn’t the greatest. We finished up 20th, which allowed us to tune the car ready for qualifying.  

 

“We knew there wasn’t much room for error, and I was able to pull a good flying lap and qualified seventh, which gave us a spot in the Shootout.”  

 

Practice kick started the action on Saturday, with Reynolds finishing 10th; although not for points. The Top Ten Shootout a reason to gloat and Reynolds would have the track all to himself. With little margin between the top runners, Reynolds finished with a 1:06.6529, fast enough to put him in seventh place – just 0:00.4227 off pole.  

 

“It was a really good result for the team,” said Reynolds.   

 

“Frosty also finished up P3 in the Shootout, so it was a real confidence booster heading into the race.”  

 

Come the 48-lap race, there was plenty of action which Reynolds was able to clear of and came away with an impressive sixth place. Teammate, Mark Winterbottom also scored a podium finish in third, making it a great day for Team 18.  

 

“We had a really great day on Saturday. I had a few good battles, and managed to hold on and stay clean,” said Reynolds.  

 

“I was trying my absolute heart out and was pushing as hard as I could. I had a bit of understeer but am happy with P7!  

 

“It was really cool that both of our cars finished inside the top 10 and of course – a mega effort from Frosty to score a podium.”   

 

A wrong way in set up sent the #20 TRADIE Beer Camaro towards the back of the pack in Sunday’s qualifying session and so Reynolds would start from 21st for the final race of the weekend.  

 

“We didn’t qualify that great, and so that put some pressure on for the race,” said Reynolds.  

 

“Once we had the similar set up to what we ran on the Saturday, the car was feeling fast and I was able to cut through the pack and finished up 12th , which I was pretty happy with all things considered. 

 

“We learnt a lot from the weekend, and all the things we went through from the test day seemed to work. There’s a really good feeling amongst the team and we can’t wait to get to Townsville next!”  

  

The Repco Supercars Championship next take on the NTI Townsville 500, 5-7 July.

 

Results 

Friday 14th June 

Practice 1 – 20th  

Qualifying (Race 11) – 7th  

Saturday 15th June 

Practice 2 – 10th  

Top Ten Shootout – 7th  

Race 11 – 6th  

Sunday 16th June  

Qualifying (Race 12) – 21st  

Race 12 – 12th  

REYNOLDS READY TO TAKE ON THE DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN

REYNOLDS READY TO TAKE ON THE DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN

David Reynolds of Team 18 will sport an indigenous livery at the Supercars betr Darwin Triple Crown this weekend, displaying artwork from renowned Kalkadoon artist Chern’ee Sutton.  

 

The artwork featured on the #20 TRADIE Beer Racing Camaro represents the many communities as well as the winding roads and tracks that Team 18 visit when travelling around Australia for the Supercar rounds. The livery also features many dots that weave throughout the lines, which showcase the spectators and supporters who line up to show their support and cheer on Reynolds.  

 

“The Indigenous round livery on our TRADIE Beer Racing Camaro looks absolutely fantastic. It represents the spirit and support of our fans and the diverse communities we race in all over the country,” said Reynolds. 

 

“I am incredibly honoured to carry this artwork, it’s a powerful reminder of the rich cultural heritage we have in Australia and it’s great to celebrate it on such a visible platform.”   

 

This weekend will see a shift in format, with qualifying this year now being moved to Friday afternoon. Therefore, with the new 2024 Darwin schedule, if a driver is to win the coveted and elusive Triple Crown, they must be fastest on track across all three days of the event.  

 

In previous years, practice was a 90-mintute session, which has been dropped to a 60-minute session this year, and will set the tone before Friday Qualifying.  

 

The race format will remain the same, with two 137km races with one compulsory pit stop and at least two tyres changes per race, per car.  

 

Reynolds is no stranger to success at Hidden Valley, having won in 2015 and 2018.  

 

“The Triple Crown is something which is really hard to get,” added Reynolds.  

 

“It’s a little bit different this year because it starts on Friday with Qualifying and then goes over two races across the weekend, so it’s going to be completely different for everyone.  

 

“I love going to Darwin. It’s almost my second home because I’ve got some extended family up there now. It’s one of the coolest cities to visit. There are heaps of awesome activities to do outside of racing. 

 

“When you talk about racing, it’s actually probably one of the most successful tracks I’ve had in my life. I’ve had a few wins there, a few poles, lots of podiums and Team 18 last year had their first win there, so we’ve got a good track record. 

 

“We had a really good test there last week, and we went through a lot of basic sort of things, we’re slowly understanding this car more and more. 

 

“I’m really looking forward to it.” 

 

The betr Darwin Triple Crown will run June 14-16 at Hidden Valley Raceway with broadcast on Foxtel, Kayo, 7plus and the Seven Network. Check your local guides for timing – https://www.supercars.com/tv-schedule.   

TOP 10 FINISH FOR REYNOLDS IN PERTH

TOP 10 FINISH FOR REYNOLDS IN PERTH

David Reynolds has come away with an impressive 10th place finish in the final race of the Bosch Power Tools SuperSprint, after what was a rocky start to the weekend.  

 

Wanneroo Raceway proved testing, with Reynolds placing 16th in Friday’s practice session and 10th in Saturday’s practice.  

 

“We rolled out reasonable okay,” said Reynolds.  

 

“This track is always very hard to set your car up for. As a driver, it’s hard to decipher what was a big change and what not, because the tyres degrade a bit there, the car’s always moving around; so, it’s a difficult place to make gains. I had some inconsistencies in my front end, and after practice, they changed it back to what it was for the last round.  

 

“I was on my best lap during the first practice session, and I half sprayed it myself into the last corner, and I think I should have been maybe sixth or seventh on the time sheet. All in all, it wasn’t a bad day I just didn’t maximise my tyre set.” 

 

Come Saturday’s qualifying session, Reynolds managed to progress through to Part 2 and had pace to challenge the top ten but couldn’t execute and ultimately came away in 19th.  

 

Starting from the rear of the grid, it was a battle from the outset and Reynolds struggled with car balance. With difficulties in race pace, Reynolds could only manage to put the #20 TRADIE Beer Mustang two places ahead of where he started.  

 

It was a day of what could have been. If I didn’t stuff it up in qualifying, I reckon we would have had a much better day,” said Reynolds.  

 

“I made a mistake in qualifying, buried us down to 19th, when I think my car should have been in the top 10. That strategy was high risk, but high reward and it just didn’t come off for us, but I think that at the end of the day it really came down to the process we had in place, and it didn’t match the time. There were a few things that led us to that, but all in all, it came down to me in that last corner and maybe sprayed it a little bit. I’m not sure whether that would have changed much for us though, but it would have been very close.  

 

“In the race, we just didn’t have much pace from start to finish. We had a lot of understeer in the car which chewed up the fronts, then chewed up the rears, so I struggled a lot. It was one of those days that nothing seemed to go our way.” 

 

With the team having forfeited a green set of tyres for practice on Sunday morning; this allowed Reynolds and the team to tune their set up ahead of qualifying in preparation for the final race.  

 

Reynolds progressed to the final knockout stage in qualifying but used an extra set of tyres to get through to the final stage and so qualified ninth on worn tyres.  

 

Come the race, the #20 TRADIE Beer Racing Camaro was able to hold onto position and finished in an impressive P10.  

 

“We rolled out for qualifying with a much better idea of what we were going to do. We started off in Q1, made it through to Q2, and then we used all of our sets of tyres and made it into Q3. But unfortunately, once we got to Q3, we had no more tyres left, so we ended up qualifying ninth, which was much better than the previous day,” said Reynolds.  

 

“In the race, we went for a much wider swing on the setup, because Saturday’s car was pretty average, so myself and Krusty and the team put our heads together and come up with some really good ideas and I think that worked because I was able to maintain my pace and we finished 10th overall in the final race. 

 

“It was great to improve over the weekend and finish on a high. We’ve got a test day coming up which will be important for the rest of the year. Onwards and upwards.”  

 

The Repco Supercars Championship will next head to Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway for the annual Supercars indigenous round on 14-16 June. 

 

Results: 

Friday 17th May 

Practice 1 – 16th  

Saturday 18th May 

Practice 2 – 10th  

Qualifying – 19th  

Race 9 – 17th  

Sunday 19th May 

Practice 2 – 22nd  

Qualifying – 9th  

Race 10 – 10th

REYNOLDS READY TO TACKLE PERTH SUPERSPRINT

REYNOLDS READY TO TACKLE PERTH SUPERSPRINT

The Repco Supercars Championship head to Western Australia this weekend for the Bosch Power Tools Perth SuperSprint and Team 18 driver, David Reynolds will be looking to redeem himself after a challenging weekend in New Zealand.  

 

Barbagallo Raceway is one of two circuits with a lap shorter than 1-minute and a track length of 2.4km; lap times are just 55 seconds.  

 

Although a short track, teams will need to be mindful of tyre degradation and with seven corners in total, five are right turns meaning that the left side will cop plenty of tyre wear. Adding to this, this weekend will also see a reduction in tyre pressure; meaning teams will need to be mindful of tyre strategies.  

 

“Perth is a funny old place. It’s a short track, but there’s seven corners – with only four or five that you set your car up for. Most of them are long corners, so you spend a while on the corner, which our cars don’t particularly like. We tend to prefer the street-style tracks, where there’s sharp corners. So, we’ll have to be clever with our set up and ensure that we manage our tyre bank well,” said Reynolds.  

 

This weekend will also see a new rule for the minimum tyre pressure – being a minimum of 15 psi. For the last 7-8 years it has been a minimum of 17psi for most of the other races. Any time you change your tyre pressures, especially in the rears, it makes your car balance differently. The less tyre pressure you can run, the more grip you can get from the rear axle and being on the rear axle, it’s going to make the car understeer a lot.”  

 

Across the weekend, there will be two 200km races; one on Saturday and one Sunday. Qualifying will be a 3-part knockout style – and as always, grid placement ahead of the race will be crucial. 

 

Teams will need to complete one compulsory pit stop in the race and must change a minimum of two tyres – however, refueling is not required.   

 

“We’ll do 55 laps for each race on Saturday and Sunday with an F1 style qualifying session,” said Reynolds.  

 

“Tyre degradation will be intense, so that’ll be our biggest focus and challenge across the weekend. We also have to use one set of green tyres on Friday.  

 

“Last year I didn’t do too badly. Obviously, it’s a different car and team this year, so I’m looking forward to giving it a crack and seeing what we can do.  

 

“We had a pretty average weekend in Taupō, so as a team it’ll be important for us to bounce back and have a good swing at it.”  

 

The action kicks off on Friday 17th May, with a 60-minute practice session and the remaining sessions to follow across Saturday and Sunday.  

 

Catch all the racing across the weekend on Kayo Sports and Foxtel, see the broadcasting schedule here – https://www.supercars.com/tv-schedule  

SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND FOR SINNI IN PERTH

SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND FOR SINNI IN PERTH

Jordyn Sinni has had a successful weekend in the Dunlop Super 2 Series at the Bosch Power Tools Perth SuperSprint, placing inside the top ten across the three-day event.  

 

Sinni made his mark straight up in Friday’s two practice sessions, placing third and second respectively. Although not for points, it gave the young racer the confidence he needed after a challenging weekend in Bathurst. 

 

“It felt really good coming out for practice and finishing inside the top three for those two sessions,” said Sinni. 

 

“It just really gave me some confidence and started our weekend on a high. The car felt great, and it was refreshing after a bit of a dismal round at Bathurst.” 

 

Sinni’s roaring pace continued into Saturday, after he managed to place the Car City #54 Holden in ninth for qualifying ahead of the first race.  

 

There was no denying teams were relieved to have been able to complete the entire scheduled race time for race 1 of the weekend, after races were previously cut short at Bathurst due to racing incidents.  

 

A total of 36-laps and 38-minutes run time allowed Sinni to work his way through the field, charging from ninth to sixth place, a personal best so far this season.  

 

“I would have liked to have qualified a little further up the field, considering the pace we had on the Friday, but we tuned up the car quite differently and it worked in our favour and we managed to come out with sixth,” said Sinni. 

 

“During the race my cool suit failed too, so it made the race pretty challenging. It was about 28degrees outside and got to about 60degrees inside the car. So, not having my cool suit definitely made the race tough, but that’s the reason that we train and ensure that we’re fit!”  

 

Times were again close for the second qualifying session and Sinni pulled a 0:55.3101 lap time, just 00.2142 from pole, good enough to place him eighth for race 2.  

 

However, Sunday’s final race was cut short due to a scary rollover from Cameron McLeod and so only 13 laps were completed. Sinni finished an impressive seventh, one place ahead of where he started.  

 

“There really wasn’t much in qualifying, times were so close. But I was able to move up and gain some positions to where I started and brought it home in seventh – so I’m pretty happy with that,” said Sinni.  

 

“We were actually fifth on track, however given the red flag they take the position from a lap back – which put us into seventh.  

 

“It was great to bank some Championship points though, and we’ve now moved up inside the ten, which is pretty cool.  

 

“A big thanks to the crew for all their hard work all weekend and leading up to the race. To be able to sit inside the top 10 consistently proves that we have the pace. I’m really pleased with how the weekend went overall. We’ll regroup and go again for Townsville.”  

 

The Dunlop Super 2 Series next head to QLD for the NTI Townsville 500, July 5-7.  

 

RESULTS 

Friday 17th May 

Practice 1 – 3rd  

Practice 2 – 2nd  

Saturday 18th May  

Qualifying – 9th  

Race 1 – 6th  

Sunday 19th May 

Qualifying – 8th  

Race 2 – 7th 

DUNLOP SUPER 2 SERIES SET TO RETURN TO THE TRACK AFTER A THREE-MONTH BREAK

DUNLOP SUPER 2 SERIES SET TO RETURN TO THE TRACK AFTER A THREE-MONTH BREAK

After a long-anticipated break, the Dunlop Super 2 Series will hit the track for the first time since February and will this weekend take on the Bosch Power Tools Perth SuperSprint. There’s no denying that Eggleson Motorsport driver, Jordyn Sinni is looking forward to getting back into the #54 CarCity backed Holden and giving it a crack.  

 

“It sure has been a while since I’ve been in the car,” said Sinni.  

 

“It’s a shame it’s so long in between races, but I’ve been keeping busy in between rounds – including racing my Kart in the National Championships which was a lot of fun! I’ve also been doing a lot of fitness work and of course working my 9-5 job. So, there’s been plenty to do! 

 

“I’m super keen to get to it this weekend at Perth though. Last year I had a pretty good run, so I’m hoping we can go well again.”  

 

Tyre degradation will be the biggest talking point across teams this weekend, with seven corners and five being right-handed – tyre strategy will be crucial. Barbagallo Raceway is one of the shortest tracks on the calendar, with a total lap time of 55 seconds and 2.4km in length – but there’s no taking away from the technicality.  

 

“Perth is a very short but technical track. There are seven corners in total and five of them are turning right, so it’s obviously quite demanding on the tyres,” said Sinni.  

 

“We’ll have to ensure that we set the car up right and look after the tyres as well as front tyre temperature and brake temperature. Qualifying as always will be key. Passing opportunities are limited, with the most obvious overtaking spots to be at turns six and seven under brakes.”  

 

Friday will kick off all the action with two 40-minute practice sessions, followed by a 40-minute qualifying session and a race on both Saturday and Sunday.  

 

“I’m really looking forward to getting in the car this weekend. I’m hoping we can have a better crack than at Bathurst, we just weren’t quite where I’d have liked to have been. So, hopefully we can come away this weekend better placed and a little further up the grid,” said Sinni.  

 

“A big thanks to the crew for getting the car prepped and ready and also a big thank you to all of my sponsors and supporters. I wouldn’t be here without you guys, it’s really appreciated.”  

 

Catch all the action across the weekend on Kayo Sports and Foxtel – https://www.supercars.com/tv-schedule