Erebus Motorsport has continued their outstanding performance with a fifth-place finish at Symmons Plains Raceway today.
David Reynolds and Dale Wood had to again navigate wild weather as they set their times in the morning’s qualifying session.
Reynolds was quick enough for 9th on the grid, while Wood was looking set for a front row start. He made the best of the conditions and moved to the top of the order in the final minutes before slipping wide at turn 6 on his fastest lap and ultimately falling to 18th on the grid.
Their fast form continued in the race, with both Erebus Commodores quick off the start. Wood the quickest of the two, jumping up three spots to 15th before the first corner.
It wasn’t long though until the #99 driver found the gravel at turn 6 and fell down the field to 21st.
The first round of pit stops occurred just moments later, with Bright also finding the gravel and deploying the first Safety Car.
Moving to slicks, Reynolds stalked the rear of Slade before creeping past and closing the gap to Lowndes in front.
Wood was in a battle of his own, making his way through the mid-pack and emerging 16th before the second round of stops, also triggered by Safety Car.
The fourth and final Safety Car was deployed just minutes from a time-certain finish, creating a three-lap dash to the end.
Reynolds and Wood continued their fine form, passing the chequered flag 5th and 14th at the end of lap 46.
David Reynolds – #9 Erebus Penrite Racing
“It wasn’t a bad race today, we started on the wet tyre and probably should have startedd on the dry tyre. As soon as I took the warm up that I knew and I think that would have been the better strategy but we went alright and didn’t lose any spots.
“I hovered around 9th and then I passed Slade and started to creep my way forward and then people started spearing off and we took advantage of that. It’s always a good day here when you’re moving past people.”
Dale Wood – #99 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing
“The car was a weapon in the wet and we were going good and I made a mistake; I just went that little bit deep into the last turn which probably cost us a top spot.
“We expected the rain to continue into the race so we went into the race with a wet set-up and that made it really difficult. The race was 95% dry so it made it hard to get the car to work on the slicks and we just didn’t have the pace to make any moves.
“Coming away 14th isn’t bad, there’s some good Championship points there and lots of positives to take from the weekend.”