DAVID Reynolds has no regrets — he drove the race of his life, pushed the car to its limits for 1000 kilometres and was beaten 0.4 of a second.
Now, a year later, the former The Scots School student has another chance to put his name on Australian motor sport’s Holy Grail — Bathurst.
Yesterday, Reynolds, 28, stopped on the Border to sign some autographs and spend time with his family.
Today he heads to the famed Mount Panorama circuit to start the build-up to the endurance race next weekend.
“Last year we had a good day,” he said.
“There were no dramas in the pits and it showed that, as a team, we can win,” he said.
“When I sit at home and watch the replay of that last lap, I think I should have passed him here or at turn two or in the chase.
“I drove to the absolute limit of the car for the entire time — I have no regrets.”
Reynolds, who has signed for an other two years with the Bottle-O team as part of Ford Performance Racing, said this season could have been better.
He said the switch to new cars had been an evolution and some teams had adapted quicker than others.
“We had a new car, new engineer and it has been a steep learning curve,” he said.
“But the car is fast — we should have finished third at Sandown (another endurance race).
“The car was struggling under brakes all day and, on one lap, it caught me out and we ended up 17th.
“We had good pace in that race, awesome pace in qualifying. That is a positive heading to Bathurst.”
Reynolds said the pressure would build during qualifying with the risk and reward of the testing circuit demanding the best of driver and pit crew.
“We are a real chance of winning but, having said that there are 28 cars out there with a chance. It is very even this year,” he said.
“If you look at qualifying 2½ seconds off pole, you are 15th or 16th on the grid — it is that tight.
“It is very rewarding to get a good lap at Bathurst but, if you make a mistake, it is going to bite you hard.
“The average speed for the circuit is 180km/h and we will reach top speeds of 300km/h — so it’s pretty fast.”