Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds has taken tenth place at the Perth SuperNight, while teammate Anton De Pasquale was just behind in 13th.
When the lights went out at the start, sixth-place sitter Shane van Gisvergen shot across David in 8th, blocking and disabling him from getting through. Further back, Anton got a similar start, unable to make any ground and settled for 13th.
Both drivers now two spots down from where they started, were on a mission to make some moves. David was the first to do so, taking ninth from Tim Slade.
Anton was on his own march and by lap eight was on the back of Rick Kelly, searching for the right opportunity to make a move.
The pair made side-to-side contact at the final corner, but Anton did the right thing and allowed Kelly to retain 12thand waited for a second chance.
It was a mirror image dive on the next lap, but this time the young gun made it stick and eventually gained the position on Kelly at the first turn.
The #99 was the first to make a pit stop, on lap 21, with David taking his turn just four laps later. He re-joined in P10 where he would finish, ahead of Anton in P15.
It was déjà vu for Anton though, sitting behind Kelly’s car once more. He finally got past on lap 29 and continued on to pass James Golding for 13thbefore the checkered flag.
David Reynolds – Started: 8th, Finished: 10th
“With the same qualifying format, we’ve seen at the last two rounds we ticked off our first objective by making it straight to Q2. We made it into Q3 which was good because at work we started tenth and we put a couple sets of tyres on but the best we could manage was 8th. The car balance felt better on an old tyres than it did on the new tyre, we went faster by only a smidgin.
“I got a good start but got hung out to dry and nearly turned around at Turn 1, I lost a couple spots out of that and was never able to get it back. It hasn’t been our best day, but it was fun in the dark and I’m looking forward to going better tomorrow.”
Anton De Pasquale – Started: 11th, Finished: 13th
“I did an average job in Practice 2 on the new tyres which meant we had to face Q1. There were some quick people around though so I had to use two sets of tyres to get safely through to Q2 which we achieved, and from there could only do one lap with the tyres I had remaining. It wasn’t far off but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get through so we started 11th, which was a position we could still do something from.
“I had an average start and lost two positions but made a couple back through a few good battles. Unfortunately we lost some spots in the pits and had to pass some of those cars back again, and some others I wasn’t racing before, so that hurt our race and I used up time getting those spots back instead of moving forward. Overall though it was still a decent effort and we’ve got more to build on for tomorrow.”