TRADIE Beer Racing’s David Reynolds scored a strong fourth place finish in Race 5 of the 2024 Repco Supercars Championship at the Australian Grand Prix, as DEWALT Racing’s Mark Winterbottom moved forwards to 13th,

Starting 7th, Reynolds made a great start, moving passed Le Brocq for sixth and then up to fourth as race leaders Waters and Payne clashed on the second lap. Reynolds didn’t have the outright pace to challenge the top three after a lengthy safety car, taking the chequered flag in a commendable fourth place, his personal best finish for Team 18 to date.

Winterbottom started 17th and had a clean launch off the line, before being hit from behind by Percat at Turn 3 and shoved into Hill, fortunately emerging unscathed. Winterbottom showed strong pace and worked his way forwards to 13th.

Team 18 returns to action tomorrow for the fourth and final race of the Melbourne SuperSprint at 10:25am, with Winterbottom starting 23rd and Reynolds 13th. All the action can be viewed live on Channel 10, Fox Sports and Kayo.

RESULTS & QUOTES

Mark Winterbottom, #18 DEWALT Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Qualifying (Race 5): 17th

Qualifying (Race 6): 23rd

Race 5: 13th

“Not the best day. We just didn’t get qualifying right. We had a few dramas, but the car’s fast in the race, really fast. With the safety car and really not many laps, we still past some cars, but if we had a clean race then, we know our car’s really fast.

“It’s going to be a tough day tomorrow, but we’re learning more about this car, and I was really happy with the speed in the race, so If we could qualify again, I think we’d be a lot further up, but that’s the nature of the Grand Prix.”

David Reynolds, #20 TRADIE Beer Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Qualifying (Race 5): 7th

Qualifying (Race 6): 13th

Race 5: 4th

“Qualifying this morning 7th and 13th. We probably made the car slightly worse in the second one. We tried to make it better, made it worse, which I reckon stuffed us up for the race. We tried to give it more turn for qualifying two this morning, but it actually made it understeer more.

“The race went okay. I got a good start, put my car in the right spot and got past Le Brocq and then two cars crashed in front of me. I started seventh, got to sixth, inherited fourth and stayed fourth.

“I think my car was actually quite bad. That was the most understeer I had for the whole weekend and if the race is any longer, I would have been in struggle town. So, I’m kind of glad it was shortened.

“It was a really long day and everyone put in really good efforts which was good to see.”