REYNOLDS PICKS THEM UP IN THREES

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O’NEIL

GOOD things have been com­ing in threes for V8 Su­per­cars ris­ing star David Reynolds with the Bot­tle- O Rac­ing driver’s place yesterday cap­ping a trio of con­sec­u­tive podi­ums.

The 30- year- old’s pur­ple patch of form be­gan with a mem­o­rable win in the fi­nal race at Dar­win last round be­fore he backed it up with a sec­ond and a third in the two Townsville 400 races at the week­end.

Reynolds’ red hot re­cent form has vaulted him to fourth in the cham­pi­onship stand­ings, 273 points adrift of leader and Pro­drive Rac­ing Aus­tralia team­mate Mark Win­ter­bot­tom, who com­pleted a per­fect two from two wins at Reid Park.

Af­ter a lean 2014 cam­paign Reynolds was de­ter­mined to do bet­ter in 2015 and he cred­ited his break­through win in Dar­win and podium fin­ishes to the great work of his team.

“I’ve put a lot of work in be­hind the scenes and then at the track this week­end if I didn’t have my team­mates go­ing so well in prac­tice I wouldn’t have been able to learn what they were do­ing and be able to cap­i­talise on that,” he said.

“I was go­ing down one di­rec­tion in prac­tice, they were go­ing the other and they found more pace and that worked much bet­ter for me come Satur­day.”

Reynolds, Win­ter­bot­tom and com­pa­triot Chaz Mostert all had great pace and Reynolds looked a real chance of claim­ing a vic­tory in race two.

With ca­reer best form be­hind him and the sup­port of the hottest team in the cham­pi­onship, Reynolds is de­ter­mined to hang with the top driv­ers and live up to his po­ten­tial.

“It’s all about con­sis­tency and be­ing there at the end and af­ter the en­duros ( en­durance races) you re­ally have a look at your cham­pi­onship and see how it is go­ing,” he said.

“I be­lieve in my­self al­ways, I’ve al­ways thought I’d had the skill and I have just been try­ing to match the car to what I can do. Qual­i­fy­ing well is one part, then you need to get a good start and race

strong.”

Pic­tures: WES­LEY MONTS, ZAK SIM­MONDS

ON TRACK: Bot­tle- O Rac­ing’s David Reynolds blasts around the Reid Park cir­cuit dur­ing Race 2 yesterday ( above) while ( right) con­tem­plat­ing what might have been af­ter his third place fin­ish.

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