Reynolds tipping Texas test

  • Supercars All Stars Eseries
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  • 13/05/2020
  • By Connor O'Brien

David Reynolds believes the un-Supercars friendly Circuit of the Americas layout will make for an intriguing dose of Eseries action tonight.


Based in the Texas capital of Austin, the track has played host to the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix since 2012.

It made one appearance on the Supercars calendar, in 2013, which 14 of the 31 drivers confirmed for Round 6 of the BP Supercars All Stars Eseries competed in.

Holden dominated that event, taking every podium placing in all four races between Jamie Whincup, Fabian Coulthard, Craig Lowndes and Shane van Gisbergen.

Then at Ford Performance Racing in their Bottle-O car, Reynolds had a tough time of it, managing no better than 11th.

“I remember I had something wrong with my car and that’s what made it difficult for me,” he recalled.

“There was a problem with the whole braking system that we didn’t work out until after that round.

“If I recall correctly, I qualified second last in practically every race, they were probably the worst qualifying records of my life.

“I don’t know if it will get much better for me in the virtual world there, but I have been practising a lot.”

Reynolds feels the COTA layout – the Eseries will run on the same West configuration that Supercars used in 2013 – will provide a challenge for all drivers.

“The first bit of the race you go uphill quite substantially and quite fast into a hairpin turn,” Reynolds said of the iconic Turn 1.

“The apex of the corner is quite blind until you are right at the top of the hill. So, when you get there it’s like there is this big wall in front of you as you are climbing it.

“It’s an unusual turn and I think a lot of the guys will find that out.

“My memories of the track are that it was difficult. There were a lot of tight corners that didn’t flow that well.

“I think our cars love street tracks and this isn’t a street track, even though it has some slow corners and some fast ones.

“There is a triple right hander out the back that the car really does not like, but then there’s the infield with the short sharp stuff which the car doesn’t mind.

“It will certainly test the front runners in the field, and I think it will be a cool race for the fans to watch.”

Reynolds started the Eseries slowly but has been making steady progress, although he had a luckless time of it last week at Spa.

Tonight’s action will begin with qualifying from 6pm on Fox Sports 506.

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