Penrite Racing pushes past its Sunday obstacles in Perth
Sunday, May 1
Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight
Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia
Penrite Racing has navigated its way through a tricky race weekend to take home a solid points haul at the Perth SuperNight event.
David Reynolds climbed forward two positions in the drivers championship and showed top 5 car speed across the two Sunday races, negotiating the many challenges that the Barbagallo circuit alongside teammate Lee Holdsworth.
This included red flagged races, track damage and a low grip track surface that causes several tyre dramas across the two Sunday sprint races.
Reynolds threatened for the podium in Championship Race 12, after a blinding start from the second row of the grid saw him fly past points leader Shane Van Gisbergen into P2, and challenging for the podium.
However, race strategy and safety car timing didn’t play into Reynolds favour, coming home P6 to improve on a P11 finish in Race 11, earlier in the day.
It was in that same Race 11 that the Penrite Racing pit crew showed their true mettle, miraculously fixing Lap 1 damage on Holdsworth’s car while the race was suspended under red flag. Their efforts salvaged some vital points for the teams championship.
Car #26 Penrite Racing driver, David Reynolds: “Overall it’s been a positive weekend, we went forwards two positions in the championship and had consistent top 5 pace. We’re moving in the right direction and we’ll keep improving the car.”
“It’s not our style of circuit for our car but we got the best out of what we had.
“Man I got an awesome jump in the second race and got into P2 after turn 1, I hung onto P3 until our pit stop and was feeling like we could hang on for a podium.
“The safety cars right at the end didn’t play into my favour and I lost a couple of spots as the tyres went off.”
Championship position: P7 (up 2 from Grand Prix)
Car #10 Penrite Racing driver, Lee Holdsworth: “Today was always going to be a tough one with where we were starting from, on this short track it creates chaos in the pack which is a challenge to navigate.”
“In the last race I fought my way forward again, but in the end we just didn’t have the grip that I hoped for to get into the top 10.
“Winton is up next which is our home track and we have a test day there before the race weekend, so I’m looking forward to bunkering down and sorting through our weaknesses so we can have a stronger weekend next time out.”
Championship position: P15
Teams Championship: P6 of 13
Race 12 (46 laps)
Qualifying for Race 12
Race 11 (46 laps)
Qualifying for Race 11
Repco Supercars Championship resumes at the Winton SuperSprint on May 21-22