Erebus Motorsport has continued to improve their package, despite a challenging day at Winton today.
After a promising start to the weekend, David Reynolds looked strong for another top result.
Starting from 13th on the grid, the #9 Commodore battled hard and elbowed past Percat for 12th, before making a move on Slade and inserting himself inside the top ten.
A pit stop on lap seven saw Reynolds re-join in the mid-pack, and possessing solid speed, he raced on before taking his second stop on lap 30.
It was a repeat of yesterday; with another tight squeeze out of pit lane, Reynolds made it out in front of Mostert and sat effectively 8th.
His consistent speed saw him race to the chequered flag and ultimately finish the 67-lapper in 7th.
An unlucky qualifying set up a difficult afternoon for Dale Wood who worked hard to finish 20th, after starting from 25th.
Completing a speedy pit stop on lap one, the #99 driver re-joined and from there found himself in a battle with James Courtney; keeping him at bay and maintaining P22.
Wood kept out of trouble and capitalised on other’s mistakes before pitting a third time under a late Safety Car. With a fresh set of tyres, Wood raced on to take home 20th.
The team now have just under a month to prepare for the Darwin Triple Crown, 16 – 18 June.
David Reynolds – #9 Erebus Penrite Racing
“After having a brilliant car yesterday, we tried to eliminate a bit of understeer but we just didn’t get the same pace out of it today. We will head back to the workshop and figure out how to make the car turn more effectively, and keep all our other strengths.
“I didn’t qualify where I wanted to, and if you qualify better you tend to race better. I got a good start, passed a few people and had a bit of pace but didn’t have the car as good as yesterday, so I got held up by a few slower people.
“We ended up 7th which I believe was a good result, we had a good strategy and a reasonable car to get us there. It wasn’t a bad day and we managed to salvage a good result. We have now identified our operating window on the soft tyre and I think we are going to have a stronger start heading into the weekends now.”
Dale Wood – #99 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing
“It was another tough one today; we had a fairly different strategy and pitted on lap one. For about ten laps it looked like we were in a decent position with good pace and chasing Lowndes, but then it just didn’t continue.
“Unfortunately, we dropped back after that and we couldn’t seem to get the tyre pressures back in check and didn’t have the pace. We had two long stints on those tyres and were lucky for a safety car towards the end; we had some better tyres in the last stint and managed to capitalise on other people’s mistakes.”