Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds has made the comeback of the year, to secure another top ten at Sydney Motorsport Park today.
Reynolds didn’t get the start he wanted, after copping kerb hops in both his fastest runs in qualifying, and would ultimately start the 52-lapper form 12th on the grid.
Quick off the line, he managed to make up two spots on the opening lap before he dropped a wheel at Turn 9.
Puncturing the right-front tyre of the Penrite Holden, Reynolds pit before re-joining the rear of field and just inside the lead lap.
He pit again under yellow flags just nine laps later, before a third time on lap 27.
Reynolds was set for a 25-lap dash to the finish, and with speed on his side, was able to charge home to 9th before the checkered flag.
It was all about tyres for his teammate Dale Wood also, who started from 24th on the grid.
Wood raced hard and made his way to 18th before his right-front tyre blew on the front straight.
He managed to wrestle the GB Commodore to pitlane, moments before the Safety Car was called for debris.
It all came at the wrong time, with Wood going a lap down and ultimately ending his strong run.
The #99 driver gave it his all but was unable to recover and finished 22nd.
The team now gear up for the Sandown 500, marking the start of the Enduro Cup.
David Reynolds – #9 Erebus Penrite Racing
“Overall, I’m pretty happy about today; going from blue flags which generally means your day is over, to be able to get a good result and finish ninth. I had really good pace from the car, really good strategy and good stops from the boys, so I couldn’t really ask for anything more. I actually did the damage to the tyre, I dropped a wheel off and it popped when I re-joined the track, so I’m a little disappointed in myself, but it was a surprisingly good day.”
Dale Wood – #99 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing
“I got a good start and made up a few spots, was having a good battle with Moffat and Courtney and thought we had a pretty good car at that point. It definitely held onto its tyres better than all the cars around me and things were starting to look quite good then. But then going down the front straight I blew a front tyre, obviously pretty bad stop to do it because it was a long lap to get back into pit lane and by the time we did that we were a lap down.”