After a tough qualifying session started the morning, Erebus Motorsport drivers David Reynolds and Dale Wood were on a mission to redeem themselves on the final day of the Clipsal 500.
Wood flew off the start line and gained a spot on the opening lap of Race 2, while Reynolds held onto his 17th position through the first laps.
The #99 driver continued his form, picking off his competitors, while Reynolds ran an early pit stop strategy.
Stopping on lap five, he was brought back to P23 but in clean air. However, this didn’t last long, with Bright emerging from pit lane just laps later.
The #9 driver was all over the back of the Commodore and siting safely inside the top ten, although he didn’t have enough momentum to get the job done and get passed Bright.
Wood ran a different strategy, holding off until lap 15 to take his first stop for tyres and fuel. Returning to the track, Wood held steady in 20th.
Reynolds continued to circulate behind the #56 until called to pit again on lap 39, getting him out from behind his competitor. Wood followed just two laps later, for a sprint to the finish line.
Reynolds found himself amongst a few battles, before catching up to Winterbottom and Lowndes in front. Lapping quicker than the two, he managed to sneak passed the #5 with ten laps to go.
He then gained position from Caruso’s misfortune and scored 12th before crossing the finish line.
Wood resisted Pye for majority of his final stint, but would ultimately drop one position before finishing 21st.
David Reynolds – #9 Erebus Penrite Racing
“I got a reasonable start and had a few battles early on, then we pitted early trying to get some clean air. That worked for a couple laps and then Brighty buzzed out of pit lane and I got caught behind him and couldn’t get passed him for the entire stint, so that ruined my chances of going forward. We eventually jumped him in the pits and I was able to push on a bit.
“Towards the end Winterbottom was struggling so I got passed him, but I was saving fuel in my last stint; enough not to be able to push on, rolling out of the throttle, trying to brake a bit later to keep up the speed but save the fuel. I think that helped me look after the tyre a bit better. The last five laps I pushed on and caught Lowndes and Tander. Tander started blocking quite badly and it was only one lap to go and I caught him so it made it quite difficult.
“Overall it was good and we were able to race forward.”
Dale Wood – #99 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing
“I thought we had good pace through a lot of the race, but with our category you need to qualify well and we didn’t that well today, so that made it a bit tougher.
“I got a good start but it was a long race and it’s tough when there is no safety car.
”I had a good battle with Scotty Pye and then he passed me into turn nine and I wasn’t able to get that spot back.
“It was nice to get that first weekend with the team under the belt and to keep building relationships with everyone.”