Reynolds penalised for impeding team-mate Wood
- By Stefan Bartholomaeus
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
David Reynolds is the latest driver to receive a five-place grid penalty for Race 8 after an awkward incident with team-mate Dale Wood in qualifying.
In a similar scenario to that involving Simona De Silvestro and Shane van Gisbergen yesterday, Wood was forced to take to the grass on the back straight to avoid Reynolds.
Reynolds was in a train of cars warming up for his lap and swerved into the path of his Erebus team-mate, who was already on a hot lap.
“I had no idea he was on a lap and just stuffed him over,” Reynolds told Supercars.com after accepting the reckless driving charge.
“I felt really, really bad about it. It sucks. It’s just the track here. It happens every year.”
Wood also shrugged off the incident, saying that being out-of-sync with the bulk of the field was the real issue.
“The problem was that I was out of sync,” Wood told Supercars.com.
“When I came over the crest it was pretty busy.
“It was a bad spot for Dave because he was in a train of 10 cars trying to find a gap.
“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter too much.”
Reynolds will start 15th as the result of his penalty, while Wood is 24th.
De Silvestro managed only 22nd in qualifying this morning and is therefore set to start from last.
“I feel like I am getting the reputation of being the dirtiest driver out there a little bit,” she said of her penalty.
“It was a weird situation I kind of got put in because everyone was kind of slow trying to find a gap.
“I saw Chaz (Mostert) coming with his lights on but he wasn’t really on a lap. It is frustrating to get a penalty and things like that.
“It is what it is, we just have to start from the back and move forward.”