Erebus Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds took his eighth podium and second at Newcastle with a brilliant drive to third place while teammate Anton De Pasquale came home 11th.
At the start, Anton got away best and stayed strong in sixth after out-qualifying his teammate. David got a good getaway as well, although James Courtney got the jump beside him and bumped the #9 down to 8thby the end of the opening lap.
The strategy games began early, and David made his first stop at the end of lap four to try and get him out of possible double-stacking. It was ultimately the good call, David emerging third after the first round of stops, while Anton who stopped on lap 17 was now ninth.
Anton fought hard with Scott Pye but lost out to the #2 when he squeezed Anton into Turn 8 and made the move stick. In tenth was where he stayed until the race erupted on lap 41.
Fabian Coulthard made huge impact with the wall, forcing a safety car and a scurry for pit lane. David dived into the pits straight away for fuel and tyres and his teammate followed but with not enough room to fully fuel the car to the end, both were forced to come back into the pits a third time under the safety car.
It took David and Anton to eighth and 11threspectively on the restart which was anything but normal. Lee Holdsworth led the charge to McLaughlin then Dave but with yellow flags still being waved after the green were shown it only caused more chaos.
Anton was set into a spin and sent back to 20th. David was soon back in fourth place, however, quickly closing on third.
With lots of fuel-saving taking place by the leaders, it was on lap 76 when David took the last spot on the podium, Pye eventually making his last stop.
The highest placed rookie all day, Anton charged through to 12thbefore finally taking 11thbefore the checkered flag.
The sensational team effort has boosted Erebus Penrite Racing to fourth in the Team’s Championship ahead of the final race tomorrow.
DAVID REYNOLDS – Started 7th, Finished 3rd:
“Today went really well for us, I would like to say we redeemed ourselves because I think my car should have been in the top three in qualifying but I didn’t get the most out of my fastest lap.
“I got a good start with Anton and we were racing each other in the opening lap which was fun. We pitted early, went off strategy to avoid double-stacking but it worked out for us and I popped out ahead of most. Technically, with only Shane and I having made three stops I was effective second, but McLaughlin rolled the dice and somehow managed to still beat us home.
“My car is working really well, we are saving good fuel, making good pace and have good tyre degradation. We had really good stops today too so it’s happy days.”
ANTON DE PASQUALE – Started 6th, Finished 11th:
“I qualified sixth which was another good result for the year and in the right part of the field.
“I didn’t get the best start in the race but managed to hold position and kept it there for the first part of the race. After the Safety Car restart I suffered some contact, got spun and it put us back in the bottom of the field which was unfortunate because we were in a good spot. A lot of strategy came into play but we also had a strong car and I was able to drive home and finished 11th.
“Ideally we have a better day tomorrow with more luck on our side and with the car we have I think we can stay inside the top ten.”