Reynolds philosophical ahead of 200th round

16 Apr
'Many years and a lot of hard work and a lot of positive stories, a lot of negative stories, a lot of highs, a lot of lows'
  • David Reynolds set to start 200th Supercars round

  • Reynolds debuted at 2007 Sandown 500 as a co-driver

  • 38-year-old the 21st driver to hit 200 round starts

"A lot of highs" and "a lot of lows" have formed the cornerstone of David Reynolds’ Supercars career, which this weekend ticks over 200 rounds.

At this weekend's ITM Taupō Super400, Reynolds will become the 21st driver to hit 200 Supercars rounds, some 17 years after he debuted in the 2007 Sandown 500 as a co-driver.

Reynolds' 17-year career has had its peaks and troughs, from challenging for championships and winning races, to team splits and a five-year winless streak.

He has also experienced both ends of the spectrum at Mount Panorama, from winning the 2017 race before late-race cramping robbed him of another win in heartbreaking fashion 12 months later.

Come 2024, and Reynolds has found a new lease of life at Charlie Schwerkolt's Team 18, with the driver fifth in the championship after just two rounds at his new team.

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“It's my 200th Supercar round, which just means I've been around for a long time,” the 38-year-old joked.

"That means I've done 200 weekends in Supercars! And many years and a lot of hard work and a lot of positive stories, a lot of negative stories, a lot of highs, a lot of lows.

“Motorsport is are very hard sport to understand. It's not like a normal game of football or cricket or tennis where you've got a 50 percent chance of winning, because you're playing one other side.
"In our sport, there’s 24, 25 blokes, when I first started there was 32 of us vying for positions. So, the chances of winning just based on those numbers are quite low.

“But, I've had a really good journey so far and I'm going to continue on with these awesome guys at Team 18. It's going to be a fun 200th round."

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Reynolds' stint with Team 18 has so far helped the Mount Waverley squad to third in the teams' points, with Mark Winterbottom scoring a podium at Albert Park last month.

The next step is getting the #20 TRADIE Beer Camaro to the podium places, and while consistency is there when it comes to top 10 pace, Reynolds knows there's more speed to be found.

“I've done two rounds with Team 18 and it’s been really, really fun," he said.

"Bathurst went really well, we had a lot of pace and the Grand Prix went okay, we didn’t have a lot of pace but ended up fifth overall in the standings.

"It shows our consistency is quite good, but we need to work on our car speed depending on what tracks we go to."

Reynolds and the rest of the Supercars field will race at the inaugural Taupō event on April 19-21. Fans are encouraged to secure their ticket options, with Saturday and Sunday general admission and grandstand allocations exhausted.

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