Erebus Motorsport will pick themselves up and push forward after a tough outing at Phillip Island today.
Qualifying started the day, with Reynolds continuing yesterday’s pace and cementing 8th on the starting grid; Wood headed down a different set up path and found himself starting from P22.
The lights went out on Race 5 and it was on for young and old; Reynolds copped a hit from Waters at the entrance to turn two and spun off onto the grass.
Re-joining in 21st spot, he pumped out quick laps to produce the fastest lap of the race before pitting for fuel and tyres in a bid to find clean air.
Wood was making his way through the field and was up to 12th when laps later he reported a flat left-front.
The #99 driver came in for a tyre change, but damage to the front end forced him into the garage and out of the race.
The team’s bad luck wasn’t over, with Reynolds then reporting a gear box failure and circulated slowly before making his way off the track.
Today’s result marks the first time since the team’s debut in 2013 that no Erebus entry has passed the checkered flag.
The Erebus Commodores are back on track tomorrow at 10:50am local time for another shot.
David Reynolds – #9 Erebus Penrite Racing
“We qualified 8th which wasn’t so bad, I’d like to be a bit further up but set up didn’t go the way we planned.
“I got a good start, got hit off by Cam Wates at turn one and became a bowling ball heading to the pins at turn two, it was actually scary. It looks like I stuffed up a few people’s races crossing back over the track.
“I was going well and I had reasonable pace in the car. A couple laps later the gear box failed; it’s really disappointing I didn’t get to finish because I think we would have had a really good result, especially considering all the dramas that played out. Otherwise it was a pretty entertaining race to watch from the pits.”
Dale Wood – #99 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing
“I accidentally jumped the start of the race, I felt like they held us for a long time and my clutch was friend and the rear wheels were going off on their own, I didn’t mean to but obviously going to cop a penalty for that one.
“I felt like we had a reasonable car, we cemented ourselves in 12th after the carnage on lap one and were trucking along well before it all came to an end. I went around the outside of Cam Waters who had just blown a tyre and to no fault of his, he lost the rear end and it grabbed the front of my car and ended my race.
“To be honest I’m not even sure I wanted to be part of that race but hopefully we can learn a bit for tomorrow and build on it and finish with a strong result.”