Reynolds surprised by co-driver switch

19 Aug 2022
Penrite Racing finalised Bathurst line-up this week
2 mins by James Pavey

David Reynolds is happy with Penrite Racing's Bathurst pairings despite not being consulted in the decision-making process.

Penrite Racing announced Wednesday that Reynolds will race with Matt Campbell, with Lee Holdsworth joined by Matt Payne.

Campbell is a factory Porsche ace, and has made three Bathurst starts.

Grove Super2 junior Payne, meanwhile, will make his Bathurst debut.

Earlier this year, Stephen Grove stated Campbell would race with Holdsworth, and Payne with Reynolds.

Regarding the switch, Team Principal David Cauchi said pairing a debutant with the most recent winner was a "perfect match".

Payne will now race with Holdsworth

"Campbell and Payne are going to be a great mix of experience and youth," Cauchi said.

"Campbell has won many endurance races including the Bathurst 12 Hour, and he competes in endurance racing all the time so the team can draw on his vast experience.

"Payne has done a great job for us in Super2, proving that he is not only fast but can manage his raw speed over a race distance.

"Going to the mountain for the first time as a main series co-driver is a big undertaking.


"Pairing him with the man who won the race last year as a co-driver is the perfect match."

Speaking on Friday, Reynolds reiterated he would have been happy with either co-driver in his corner.

Grove details why Payne is in for 2023

"I don't really know," the 2017 Bathurst winner said of the switch.

"At the start of the year everyone assumed things and there was nothing determined in terms of either one the Matts we would be paired with.

"I think they only got together recently to decide what was going to happen.

"I was happy with either one. I really rate Matt Campbell, he's a world-class driver and he's my height and my size.

"He'll slot straight in and hopefully we won't have to do much around pouring seats, which is one of the worst things to have to do during the year.

"I wasn't involved in that decision-making process, no. I'm just another wheel in the cog of motor racing."

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