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Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds fought hard in today’s second race at the Superloop Adelaide 500, coming through the field to finish 8thafter a first lap incident hurt both the teams Commodore’s.
Anton was the first on the grid, lining up in 10thafter qualifying a second time for the Top Ten Shootout. David wasn’t as lucky though, only managing 14thin Qualifying Part 2 with engine dramas, and no lap time taken.
Both Holden’s got away well off the start, and with good speed, David made up two places to 12thbefore the first chicane.
The race turned pear shape at the Turn 9 hairpin though, when David tried a move down the inside of his teammate, unintentionally turning the young gun into a spin.
Facing the wrong way, Anton was then hit by an oncoming Scott Pye who had nowhere to go, triggering the first Safety Car and ultimately ending Anton’s race.
David regretfully took a pit lane penalty for the incident on lap 6, putting him down in the pack in P21.
On a mission to redeem himself, David charged through the pack until he made his first compulsory pit stop on lap 13 for fuel and tyres.
He stopped for a final time on lap 43, and with the order now clear, the #9 found himself back inside the top ten.
David continued to chip away and by the time the checkered flag was raised at the end of lap 78, David had fought his way back to a very respectable 8th.
“The result (P8) isn’t bad but it’s just how I got there. There were engine dramas in qualifying and I started 14th. Then during the first lap I was trying to make my way through a few cars because I felt speedy and I accidentally tagged Anton at Turn 9 and turned him around and ruined his day, so I feel really bad on Car 99’s side.
“I could see Anton, but Mark (Winterbottom) was squeezing me, but that’s racing. It was the slightest touch but that’s all you need on that corner and around she went. It’s not a good feeling and it’s hard to let go. We are a team at the end of the day, so you want results for two cars.
“I did my best to have my eyes forward and, in the end, 8thwas a good result considering where we were a few laps in. We had a good car to get there and we have some positives to take away from the weekend and into the next round.”
Anton De Pasquale
“It’s no good being in the garage while everyone else is racing out there. Obviously, it’s a racing incident, those things happen when you are racing for positions, its’ just a bit unfortunate it when its’ your teammate. We’ve hugged it out though, and there’s no hard feelings.
“We put a lot work in before we got to Adelaide and both races haven’t gone to plan. It’s not a good way to start the year, you always want to leave Adelaide with a good bank of points and unfortunately this weekend we haven’t been able to convert good car speed into the results I think we deserved.”
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