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David Reynolds returns to the wheel of the #9 Penrite Racing Holden this week as he and teammate Anton De Pasquale get set to tackle the world-famous Mount Panorama in the third round of the Supercars All Stars Eseries.
Reynolds, who sat out last week’s round when co-driver Will Brown steered car #9 at Silverstone and Barcelona said he has been practicing hard and is looking forward to getting back on track, especially one as iconic as Bathurst.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back into it after watching from the couch last week,” said Reynolds.
“I got a new sim from Hyper Stimulator which has been easier to learn, and the team has done a great job in helping me, trying to get me up to speed. I have played more games in the last week than I have in my whole life!”
‘’Bathurst is probably the toughest track on the calendar because for me, the race is so hard virtually.
“I think there will be a lot of entertainment regardless of whether its reverse grid or not because of the nature of the track with the walls and the fact the cars are very hard to drive.”
Reynolds is especially enjoying the shorter race format that the Eseries has promoted and believes the product has been a big success amongst drivers and fans.
“The formats in this series are good. The races are exciting to watch, because they are short and the starts are always exciting because a lot happens in the first few laps.
“I enjoy the reverse grid idea because it gives different drivers a chance to be at the front.
“The broadcast is really well done. It’s really professional and looks fairly real. I can see why the fans are enjoying it.”
For De Pasquale, who comes into the round 7th in the Championship standings, Bathurst is a challenge he is relishing.
He had his first win and further two podiums last round and can’t wait to head to the mountain, with the top ten shootout and more podiums firmly in his sights.
“Bathurst is our most iconic track. It’s probably the biggest race we will have in the Eseries,” he said.
“The format has changed a bit with three races and a top ten shootout for the first time in the series.
“I think the shoot-out will be really cool and everyone will want to be in it. It’s just something so iconic to Bathurst when you get that one lap all to yourself, so to get to do that in the Eseries is the aim. We will be doing our best to get into the shoot out and put on a really good show.”
De Pasquale admits the competition is getting tougher as more drivers start to find their feet in the series.
“Week on week I think everyone has got a bit better with the racing and also everyone is getting more used to it. Everyone is getting faster, so the competition is getting larger with more people in contention, which can only be a good thing.
“We’ll be doing our best to get another podium and do the team and our fans proud.”
With the inclusion of De Pasquale’s co -driver Brodie Kostecki amongst a group of wildcards, the field will swell to 29 this week.
Round 3 at Mount Panorama features a three-race format and a Top Ten Shootout.
Qualifying will be broadcast exclusively on Fox Sports tonight from 6pm AEST, with the races broadcast live from 7pm on Fox Sports, Kayo, 10 Play, Sky Sports (NZ) and Velocity Facebook.
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