Another top ten in the Top End
Erebus Motorsport has claimed another top ten at the Darwin Triple Crown today.
David Reynolds was the fastest of the two Holden’s in the mornings opening Qualifying session, scoring provisional fourth and securing himself a spot in the Top Ten Shootout.
He was seventh out the gate and secured seventh for the final grid, after dropping a wheel of the kerb at the exit of turn five on his flyer.
Off to another soaring start in today’s 70-lapper, Reynolds made his way to fifth before the end of the opening lap.
A clean pit stop at the end of lap 12 saw him rejoin the field 15th and drive onto fourth.
Reynolds stuck on the end of Coulthard before taking his second stop for a 33-lap dash to the finish.
Amongst a battle pack for 5th, Reynolds resisted Slade and Lowndes up until the final stages before passing the checkered flag in seventh.
Wood, starting from 25th, played his hand early and stopped on lap two for fuel and a fresh set of tyres.
The #99 driver was all over the back of a Holden train; chasing Courtney for majority of his second stint.
Wood produced a solid run and fended off Mostert, before eventually falling behind.
It was another sore ending, with De Silvestro making contact at turn six and spinning him off onto the grass.
The Nissan served a fifteen second time penalty and Wood ultimately finished 27th.
The team now prepare for the Townsville SuperSprint, 7 – 9 July.
David Reynolds – #9 Erebus Penrite Racing
“Today was pretty good, we made the shootout which was the first box to tick. Unfortunately, I did a pretty bad job and locked the front right tyre into turn five and cost myself third or fourth position and had to settle for seventh; so, I was really disappointed in myself and felt like I let down the team also. We have definitely improved our qualifying position though so that’s a big tick.
“I had a pretty good start and ended up a couple spots up after the first lap and had a really good strategy; every time we come in to the pits I got clean air and it made my race really easy. On the other hand, every time I got stuck behind a car I lost a bit of aero and I couldn’t produce a lap time and it was making it difficult to drive, so I lost a couple of spots because of that. Otherwise it’s been a really positive weekend and the team has done a really good job.”
Dale Wood – #99 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing
“Unfortunately, we didn’t find much with the car today; I had a good car on a used tyre in qualifying but not on a new tyre. I had a lot of understeer which is a real shame because I thought there were some positives from yesterday, but we couldn’t take them into today the way we wanted to.
“I got a good start in the race, and then had some dramas with the tyres; then during the last stint of the race was okay but damage was done when Simona turned us around and there wasn’t much we could do from there.”