How Darwin’s most iconic celebration practically did not occur
A bout of ailing well being and an error whereas main practically value David Reynolds his maiden solo race win in Darwin.
The subsequent cease on the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship calendar, Hidden Valley Raceway, has been form to Kelly Grove Racing recruit Reynolds.
A maiden solo driver win in 2015 aboard a Prodrive Falcon got here three years earlier than he hit the entrance on the Sunday in an Erebus Commodore.
Reynolds, together with Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen, has received at Hidden Valley in a Ford and a Holden.
WATCH: REYNOLDS CELEBRATES IN DARWIN
His first, nonetheless, practically went begging following a pre-race bout of sickness, and a mid-race incident passing a backmarker.
“In ’15, I bear in mind going into that race, I had the runs actually dangerous, I couldn’t hold something down,” the Penrite Racing Mustang driver instructed Supercars.com.
“That was a 200km race; it was robust, however my automotive was superb.
“I certified on pole and the automotive was so quick; it will have been against the law if I didn’t win.
Reynolds was fast, however underneath the climate
“I had a niche on Chaz [Mostert] once I stuffed up making an attempt to move [Michael] Caruso, who I believe had a drama and was a lap down.
“I caught him actually quick into Flip 5 and it scared me a bit, and I locked a tyre and reduce straight throughout and didn’t do Flip 6 in any respect.
“For those who did that today, you’d most likely be penalised, so I obtained away with it and I used to be tremendous fortunate.”
The day wasn’t all roses, however the consequence spoke volumes; Reynolds had lastly received a solo driver race, practically two years after he mixed with Dean Canto to win on the Gold Coast streets.
Reynolds beats Mostert to victory
Having set a precedent with wild podium celebrations, corresponding to throwing a broadcast microphone off the Bathurst podium in 2012, and lobbing pot crops off the Gold Coast podium, Reynolds was in charge of how he’d have fun within the High Finish.
“I noticed [then V8 Utes driver] Ryal Harris do a shoey after he received a race and I believed it was a good suggestion,” he stated.
“I stated to myself that I’d copy him the following race I received, and it was all however the subsequent race!
“Me and him had a little bit of fun about it, then everybody else began doing it.”
‘I believed it was a good suggestion…’
The aptly-named ‘shoey’ was later carried out by Australians Jack Miller in MotoGP after which Daniel Ricciardo in Method 1.
Reynolds repeated the celebration when he scored his well-known Bathurst win in 2017, and did it once more in Darwin in 2018.
The 2015 win itself, whereas a career-defining second, was tinged with the sensation of ‘what might have been’.
Three years earlier, Reynolds led at Phillip Island earlier than a drama in his pit cease consigned him to twenty first.
Reynolds accepts his destiny
“It was my first solo win; it’s a humorous previous sport, isn’t it,” he stated.
“My first one would have been Phillip Island in ’12; I certified second and received the beginning.
“Then within the pit cease, the gas hose cut up… that might have been my first win.
“I’ve had lots of dangerous luck.”
‘The automotive was so quick; it will have been against the law if I didn’t win’
Grouped with Whincup, van Gisbergen and Mark Winterbottom, Reynolds is one among 4 energetic drivers to have received a number of races in Darwin.
In 2018, aboard an Erebus Holden, he shot from fourth on the grid to guide into the primary nook with a sensational exterior transfer.
The Albury-born driver admitted the quick, flowing circuit appears to swimsuit his type, which might present a key confidence enhance following a making an attempt OTR SuperSprint.
“I don’t know why I am going effectively there; as quickly as I step off the airplane there, I really feel like I’m in spirit,” he stated.
Reynolds celebrates victory in 2018
“It’s obtained a very good vibe, and I just like the observe; it’s good and flowing.
“Each nook is totally different from the opposite, if what I imply. It’s an excellent problem.
“It’s obtained a protracted straight, massive braking zones, and I form of fits my driving type.
“In saying that, I’ve had dangerous days there too; you want automotive there to go effectively.”
WATCH: HIGHLIGHTS OF REYNOLDS’S 2015 WIN
Subsequent weekend’s occasion will mark the primary time Reynolds will race in Darwin aboard a Mustang, having steered Erebus Commodore ZBs between 2018 and 2020.
Trying to find a return to the rostrum following dour showings at Symmons Plains and The Bend Motorsport Park, Reynolds believes Darwin will present one other key stage enjoying area within the battle for wins in 2021.
“It’s fairly even there between the Mustang and Commodore,” he stated.
“I’ve received there in Fords and Holdens, they usually have been fairly comparable.
Reynolds at The Bend final month
“They do have variations, however it’s a spot the place you’ll be able to have good drive and get lap time, and still have good flip and get lap time.
“It’s a kind of tracks which is a superb leveller.”
Reynolds will return to the observe for the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown throughout June 18-20. Tickets can be found right here.
The occasion might be broadcast stay on Foxtel and might be streamed on Kayo, and might be broadcast stay and free on Seven.