22 Feb 2018
EREBUS MOTORSPORT is still riding high after its triumph on Mount Panorama last year, and lead driver David Reynolds is hoping to carry that momentum – and a positive test day in Sydney – into the season-opening Adelaide 500.
By Matthew Agius
WHILE the Adelaide 500 circuit has proven a challenge for reigning Bathurst champion David Reynolds, the promise of a new season and continuous improvement in the standings over the last two years has him primed for next week's season-opener.
Speaking at a media go-kart challenge to mark one week before the Adelaide 500 – won by former Crows skipper and sports commentator Mark Bickley – Reynolds reckons the resurfaced Bartels Road will deliver him the edge he needs to reap a strong finish in the opening round.
“[Adelaide’s] always been a bit of a challenge for me, I haven’t got the best results here,” Reynolds said.
“But this year they’ve resurfaced some of my weaker corners so hopefully that gives me a bit more confidence to try and win it.”
Bathurst success last year for the tight-knit Dandenong team will be a key motivator heading into a brand-new championship.
But signs shown at last week's full-field test at Eastern Creek – where both Erebus Commodores sat inside the top 10 for most of the day – have been encouraging for the team.
“Any time we drive the car, it’s always data, always collecting information and trying weird and wonderful things to go faster – it was a good day [testing],” Reynolds said.
“We’re only 22 people deep, and we’re going up against teams that are 60, 80 people deep.
“It [winning Bathurst] proves to us - our team - that we can win the biggest race of the year, so the smaller races should be easier to win.
“I was really, really impressed with our job last year and was really proud by everyone [in the Erebus team]."
In 2018, 32-year-old Reynolds has his sights on a top-five championship finish, and wants to fight for the title all the way to the final round.
That means a strong start for his Erebus team in Adelaide is essential.
Reynolds zips around the track at the Media Go Kart Challenge [pic: Meaghan Coles/Adelaide 500]
“Last year my goal was to finish eighth in the championship, we finished seventh, so we were above expectation, even though when we finished 16th in 2016 it was a big, big jump to half of that," Reynolds said.
“This year the Erebus Penrite car is going to be better… my goal is to stay in the championship hunt till the end.”
The Adelaide 500 is the season-opener for the Virgin Australia Supercars Series and takes place from March 1-4 at the Adelaide Street Circuit.