David Reynolds has put joking aside after earning ARMOR ALL Pole Position at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and is focused on victory tomorrow.
Fans know the 30-year old for his loose sense of humour, but after a controversial week that saw him fined $25,000 by V8 Supercars, he played it cool in the post-session press conference with his eyes on the prize.
"Maybe," he said when asked if he'd need to curb his humour from now on. "Just call me Dave 'no comment' Reynolds."
He said he'd moved on from the headlines and vowed to power on to the chequered flag tomorrow.
"I can put that stuff behind me, I was always going to do that anyway and just go racing and concentrate on the race," Reynolds said.
"It's the biggest day of the year for us, it's six and a half hours of racing. It doesn't really enter my mind much."
Though he rarely passes up an opportunity for a laugh, Reynolds has had to seriously look at himself in what has been a career-defining season.
Reynolds opened up about building his self-belief in a year that has seen him go from driving for his life to leading the way at V8 Supercars' most prestigious race.
He has been doing everything he can- including seeing a sports psychologist - to find an extra edge and more aggression out on the race track.
"The biggest thing I've wanted to do is work on myself, and make sure every time I get to the track, I'm always at 100 per cent fitness, 100 per cent mental strength," Reynolds told v8supercars.com.au.
"If I don't do all the little one per centers I do before I get to the race, when you get to the race it feels like you don't deserve to win.
"So I'm trying to make myself believe I deserve to win. In a funny, round-about, twisted way."
With co-driver Dean Canto, both are ready to put previous Bathurst heartbreaks behind them and throw the challenge to their competitors tomorrow.
Reynolds has been working up to it - he won his first race since 2013 in Darwin in June, has consistently featured in the top five and sits third in the Championship.
And now he's in the box seat at Bathurst.
"You don't approach it any differently, there's just a bit more hype about it," he said of starting from pole.
"You're on the front row, we can forward plan our strategy a little bit because, if we win the start, as long as our car's fast hopefully we can pull away and run our race from there," he said.
"It doesn't really change much from our end but very excited. Very excited."
He said the result was "for Chaz" - his injured teammate who could not defend his 2014 Bathurst title this weekend.
"Yesterday was pretty bad for our team - we have a driver in hospital who is quite hurt and we're all thinking about him at the minute."
Reynolds described pole position as a small win and is focused on the ultimate reward tomorrow.
"We're still here to win the race overall, and that's the six and a half hour race, it's not just decided by two and a half minutes."