Erebus Motorsport’s Barry Ryan says the team’s recent qualifying form has been exceptional, amid a strong performance this season.
The Penrite Holden of David Reynolds scored pole position in three of the last four races, across three different events.
Reynolds’ average qualifying position in that time is 1.5, an equal best since the Gold Coast was introduced as an endurance event in 2010.
“The team did an excellent job at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast,” Ryan said.
“We are working hard on and off the track. Everyone here wants to continually improve, even when we are on pole or winning races we never stop aiming higher.”
Along with the three legs of the Enduro Cup, Reynolds qualified on pole in the Saturday race at Darwin earlier this year.
His season-long qualifying average of 6.4 is 2.5 positions better than he achieved last year and he has only started outside the top nine on four occasions.
Anton De Pasquale has added to the team’s best efforts, qualifying inside the top ten on ten occasions, including a top three at Darwin and Bathurst, and outdoing all other rookies this season.
“We have found some good consistency on both the soft and the super soft tyres,” Ryan said.
“Qualifying has clearly been a strength, but race pace has certainly continued to develop.”
Reynolds’ race average of 7.6 includes two wins and seven podiums and has cemented his spot inside the top five in the Championship.
“We have grown in leaps and bounds; we are not perfect, but we are in a much better position that we ever have been,” Ryan said.
“On a good day we are genuine contenders; when managed correctly we can generally be at a level to win races, if not podiums, at most events.”
The team head into the penultimate round at New Zealand fifth in the Championship and are keen to jump at least one more spot before the season is out.