Reynolds’ en­durance to the fore

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - ED JACK­SON

SU­PER­CARS star David Reynolds will spear­head Ere­bus Mo­tor­sport’s re­turn to the Bathurst 12-hour en­durance race in 2019.

Reynolds will join Luke Youlden and ama­teur driver Yasser Shahin to con­test the Pro-Am class in a Mercedes AMG GT3 in the Fe­bru­ary race at Mount Panorama.

Reynolds and Youlden paired up to win the Bathurst 1000 Su­per­cars race in 2017 in an Ere­bus car.

The pair looked set to re­peat that suc­cess at this year’s race be­fore Reynolds suf­fered de­bil­i­tat­ing cramps with just 26 laps to go.

A heart­bro­ken Reynolds lost the lead to even­tual win­ner Craig Lown­des be­fore hav­ing to hand over to Youlden for the race’s closing laps.

Yesterday’s an­nounce­ment marks a re­turn to GT racing for Ere­bus, who won the 12hour out­right in 2013.

“The event holds a spe­cial place in the hearts of our team, it was the stage of our first big vic­tory and some­where we never fin­ished out­side the top five,” Ere­bus chief ex­ec­u­tive Barry Ryan said.

“We al­ways go there with high ex­pec­ta­tions ... we want to push for the Pro-Am vic­tory but with the speed Yasser shows as an ama­teur driver, also give the out­right vic­tory a go.”

Ere­bus aim to test in midJan­uary ahead of the event.

David Reynolds.

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