Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds has claimed an incredible victory in Race 16 at Hidden Valley Raceway today, cementing his third place in the Championship.
Anton De Pasquale doubled the day’s celebrations by making his career first Top Ten Shootout, although eventually finishing the 70-laps in 15th.
Starting from fourth on the grid, Reynolds took the lead around the outside of turn one on the opening lap and never looked back.
De Pasquale, who started from tenth, didn’t have the same speed off the start but worked his way though the field as others pitted. Completing his own sequence of stops on lap 39, the top rookie emerged 15th.
At the front, Reynolds did the same and took on fuel and tyres twice before eking out a six second gap to McLaughlin.
It was a very comfortable spell for Reynolds with the possibility of stretching his lead in clean air, but was denied by a late Safety Car with 16 laps to go.
With pressure on the restart, Reynolds delivered in superb style. With a much speedier car than those behind, the #9 Holden managed to pull another 1.7-second gap before taking the win to complete the dual-podium weekend.
Although not showing the same speed as his teammate, De Pasquale was the first rookie home in 15th.
Sunday’s leg of the Darwin Triple Crown provided a perfect end to the team’s bounce back from Winton, moving up to fourth in the Team’s Championship.
DAVID REYNOLDS: Started 4th, Finished 1st
“I felt like I had to redeem myself from yesterday’s lap one performance. I tried something hard and nailed it, sometimes it doesn’t come off but it did today, and we were able to maintain it from there. The entire team has done a fantastic job this weekend, and we’ve stepped it up again. it’s the best weekend we’ve ever had as a team in a very long time. I am so proud of everyone that has been involved through our entire journey.”
ANTON DE PASQUALE: Started 10th, Finished 15th
“It was really good to do a great first lap in qualifying and stay up the top and make the Shootout. Third quickest car all weekend in qualifying was really exciting for me and the entire team, and both cars making the Shootout for the first time. It was my first time so I didn’t do my best but I think we had the potential to still be near the top. Unfortunately, we didn’t convert it into the race. We’ll look at what we need to do moving forward, because we are consistently getting the qualifying speed out of it, but need to work on our race pace. It’s still early days though and we have ticked a lot of boxes.”