‘This mes­sage is for David Reynolds — you are an absolute knob, mate’

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - JAMES PHELPS

DAVE Reynolds will use an ex­ple­tive­laden voice­mail mes­sage as in­spi­ra­tion to win next month’s Bathurst 1000.

The Holden star has saved the savage rant on his mo­bile phone af­ter an anony­mous man called the Ere­bus Su­per­cars team’s head­quar­ters in Mel­bourne and left a scathing voice­mail.

The caller at­tacked Reynolds by way of phone af­ter the Bathurst win­ner lashed out at ri­val Scott McLaugh­lin in a story in The Daily Tele­graph last month.

“He must have been fired up,’’ Reynolds said. “He left not one but two mes­sages. I am pretty sure he doesn’t like me much.’’

The caller, an ob­vi­ous McLaugh­lin fan, claimed Reynolds could not match it with his Ford ri­val.

“This mes­sage is for David Reynolds,” the caller says. “David, you’re an absolute f … ing knob, mate. “Knock, knock, who’s there? Scott

McLaugh­lin who? “He won more races at GRM than you won in your life, you f…head. “You did noth­ing at FPR (Ford Per­for­mance Rac­ing).

You were no bet­ter than (Mark) Win­ter­bot­tom or (Will) Dav­i­son or (Paul) Dum­brell. All you Holden driv­ers had a much faster car than him last year and you still f… ing lost to a much, much bet­ter driver, in a f…ing taxi.” End of mes­sages.

With the Su­per­cars cham­pi­onship re­sum­ing in Auck­land next week, Reynolds is aim­ing to be in top trim at Bathurst af­ter banning the booze and go­ing on a fat-bust­ing diet to avoid last year’s Mount Panorama dis­as­ter.

In a mo­ment that the Holden hero ad­mit­ted still haunts him, Reynolds blew a win when his body failed with just 26 laps to go.

“It still gives me night­mares,’’ he said. “Last year was a dis­as­ter and it didn’t look good on my be­half fail­ing more than 900km into a 1000km race.”

He hopes to out­mus­cle his ri­vals this year when the Bathurst 1000 starts on Oc­to­ber 10.

“I am do­ing weights five days a week, which is new to me,’’ he said.

Reynolds com­mit­ted to the new pro­gram af­ter agree­ing to take part in a 12-week challenge for his spon­sor Max’s Pro­tein, who have put up $30,000 for char­ity as part of the dare.

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