David Reynolds has slated Shane van Gisbergen following their Coates Hire Newcastle 500 collision, saying he “wouldn’t expect anything less” from the outgoing champion.
The Erebus Motorsport driver started the maiden Newcastle race on the front row, and was the effective leader entering the final third.
He was passed by Scott McLaughlin after running deep into Turn 11, but was still on course for a podium before being tagged by van Gisbergen at Turn 8 with 11 laps to go.
The incident and brush with the tyres dropped the Bathurst winner from second to sixth, which became fifth when van Gisbergen’s 15-second time penalty was applied.
“Very, very pissed off,” Reynolds surmised.
“Very ordinary driving by old mate. We wouldn’t expect anything less form that dude.”
Approached by Supercars.com post-race, van Gisbergen declined to comment.
Reynolds was the highest-place finisher of the drivers vying for sixth in the championship, and while he is still 10th, he is now within 93 of Craig Lowndes at the front of the group.
“Pretty disappointed,” Reynolds said.
“If we got another podium the team bonus would’ve been 30 or 50 grand or something like that. That cost us a lot of money.
“I’ve been watching a lot of [Netflix crime drama] Narcos and people have died for less, we’ve got the [end of season Supercars] Gala soon so I might have to slip something in his drink.”
Reynolds said his Penrite Holden was struggling for pace in the final stint, but that the car actually improved after the clash.
“I don’t know what was going on,” he said of the loss of speed.
“I lost the front end [feeling] and Shane put me in the fence and bent the steering quite bad but then it turned a bit better with bent steering.”