"The biggest thing is he's really good at pushing Dave as well.
"Not that Dave needs pushing, but if you see your team-mate performing, obviously you know you've got to make sure you're doing the best you can as well.
"Dave's always driving as hard as he can, but having a team-mate that can sometimes be faster than you sometimes gives you that little bit extra whatever you need; motivation, drive or even just being able to see how they're doing it.
"It gives him another thing to think about, which is good for a driver who's been around so long."
Reynolds had not been outqualified by an Erebus team-mate across nearly two-and-a-half seasons before De Pasquale managed the feat at Winton in 2018.
The youngster's rookie campaign featured its share of incidents, and De Pasquale ultimately claimed a single top-10 finish.
Third at Phillip Island is one of three top 10s next to De Pasquale's name already in 2019, helping Penrite Racing sit third in the teams' championship.
That’s despite a rough run last time out at Winton, which included an incident with Rick Kelly on the Sunday.
"He's racing a lot better and he knows the guys around him," Ryan added.
"It's just finishing, not being stuck in the garage, which is what you need to do.
"It's a confidence thing, too. He's got a lot more belief in how he's driving this year and the team's behind him and all that stuff, and he knows the car's good.
"It just makes it a lot easier for a guy like him."
The Supercars season this weekend heads to Hidden Valley, which proved a somewhat breakout weekend for De Pasquale in 2018.
He turned heads with third in the ARMOR ALL Qualifying sessions on both Saturday and Sunday in a strong event for Erebus.