Erebus Penrite Racing’ David Reynolds has ended a spectacular season with his third win of the year on the streets of Newcastle today, with teammate Anton De Pasquale the highest placed rookie in 16th.
Today’s result also secured fifth in the Driver’s Championship and fourth in the Team’s, a season best for the Melbourne-based squad.
The perfect day started from pole position for David and continued as he led through the first corners. Anton, with not as much luck through qualifying, started from 15thand dropped to 17thbefore making his first pit stop at the end of the opening lap.
A tangle with Jamie Whincup and Fabian Coulthard at turn 12 deployed the Safety Car on lap 19 and like yesterday, it was another dash for pit lane. David had built a 2.4-second lead over Scott McLaughlin but with the field heading for the lane, he’d return in second after taking 3.5-seconds more fuel than McLaughlin.
Anton stayed out and as racing resumed the #99 Holden battled with Lee Holdsworth for position; the rookie holding strong ahead in eleventh. He then pit on lap 48 for a final splash and dash that would see him to the flag.
David followed four laps later and based on the amount of fuel taken during the first stop, it was assumed it would all come down to the re-join. McLaughlin got the jump although it was far from over.
With five laps remaining and a fast Dave quickly catching the back of McLaughlin, the black and gold Commodore ran past to take the lead and eventually collect the win by 4.6807-seconds.
DAVID REYNOLDS – Started 1st, Finished 1st:
“I’m really happy to finish the year on a high, we had a perfect day with pole and the win. We were faultless again today and we minimised our mistakes, had great stops, a great car and strategy and that got us the win.
“Our year has been amazing; we’ve had nine podiums; a couple wins and a few poles. Since I’ve joined the team we have just got better and better. We are the same crew I started with in 2016 and we’ve worked hard, and we just keep going better, I’m so proud of everyone.”
ANTON DE PASQUALE – Started 15th, Finished 16th:
“I qualified 15th, it would have been nice to make the Shootout for the last time this year, but we were fast in the race. We got stuck in a few battles which were fun but unfortunately, we lost a bit of time trying to make positions and it is really difficult to pass around this track.
“There are a lot of positives this year, a lot of happy times and some sad times. Qualifying has been our strongest point, but we’ve had some good races too. As a team we have performed really well, and we’ve had our best year to date in my rookie season. There’s a lot to learn still and plenty we can improve for the years ahead.”