Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds beat championship leader Scott McLaughlin by 0.0026 seconds to top the ARMOR ALL qualifying session for the Wilson Security Sandown 500.
As teams play catch-up on dry-weather running following a wet Friday, Reynolds was the first driver to dip below the 1m09s barrier, leading Nissan’s Michael Caruso after the first runs with a 1:08.796s.
Mark Winterbottom displaced Reynolds with nine of the 20 minutes remaining, but his time at the top was fleeting as McLaughlin turned a 1:08.58s moments later.
Reynolds lowered the benchmark to 1:08.579s with seven minutes on the clock, while with Chaz Mostert in third, the top three drivers were split by just 0.0035s at the start of the final runs.
However a light shower in the closing stages meant improvements were few and far between, especially at the top, leaving Reynolds in first place.