Top Winton Points haul Takes Penrite Racing Towards the Pointy End
Sunday, May 22
Pizza Hut Winton SuperSprint
Winton Raceway, Victoria
- Reynolds on the podium in Race 13 and 14
- Reynolds jumps into the Drivers Championship top 5
- Penrite Racing up to P4 (from P6) in the Teams Championship
- Holdsworth scores consecutive top 5 results
- Both cars finish top 10 in all three sprint races held
Penrite Racing has capped off another confidence building weekend by storming up the Supercars Drivers and Teams standings, following another podium result and consecutive top 10 finishes at the Winton SuperSprint, today.
As a sunny day dawned in regional Victoria, David Reynolds and Lee Holdsworth picked up where they left off from Saturday with both cars qualifying in the top 10.
Starting P3 and P6 in Race 14, Reynolds and Holdsworth worked together off the start line and slotted into the top 5 behind the leaders before running long on strategy, taking the Penrite Mustangs to the lead of the field by Lap 21 of 36.
After pitting and running on fresher tyres then the leaders, Reynolds ran down Chaz Mostert and Will Brown to score his second podium. While Holdsworth pitted and went on the attack in P9 to charge home P4.
Reynolds flew off the start line faster than a toupee in a hurricane in Race 15, (watch here) gaining two spots into P4 and onto the back bumper of championship leader Shane Van Gisbergen.
True to form, both cars ran longer than the leaders, Waters and Van Gisbergen, to gain a tyre advantage in the closing segment of the race.
Reynolds made light work of Will Brown on his way to finishing P4, while Holdsworth played it wisely, biding his time to gain two positions in a fierce battle pack over the final laps to finish P7.
The Race 15 results rounded out the top 10 finishes in all three races across the weekend at the teams test circuit.
Car #26 Penrite Racing driver, David Reynolds: “I’m not displeased with our weekend, we got two podiums and the most out of the car that we could in the races. We’re on the rise.
“We have to work on Qualifying to be a contender for race wins. Last year we were happy with a 10th, now I’m 4th and disappointed which shows how much we are progressing. I really enjoy racing up at Darwin so I’m looking forward to the next round.”
Championship position: P5 (up 3 from Perth)
Car #10 Penrite Racing driver, Lee Holdsworth: “I said we wanted to qualify better after Perth to set up our races and we did that this weekend. It’s funny though I still feel slightly frustrated because I think we could have won a race or both gotten onto the podium.
“It’s really positive signs, the team is working well together and I’m adapting better to the package every outing in the car. It’s fantastic that we took home the most teams points this weekend.”
Championship position: P11 (up 4 from Perth)
Race 15 (36 laps)
Race 14 (36 laps)
Qualifying for Race 15
Qualifying for Race 14
Teams Championship: P4 of 13 (Up 2 from Perth)
The Repco Supercars Championship resumes at the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown on June 17-19.