Bathurst champion David Reynolds said the heartache of 2015 played a key role in his history-making win.
Despite finishing third with Prodrive Racing, his best result, the Albury product ended up joining Betty Klimenko’s Erebus Motorsport.
“Mate, 2015 was a very, very tough year for me,” he said.
“I had to read between the lines and make a decision to jump because if I was to go for so long, I probably would have ended up with nothing.
“I kind of didn’t know what I was going to do and then Betty took me on and believed in me… I always thought I’d race for Betty at one stage.”
The pair has been dubbed kindred spirits for their unique personalities.
“The day David Reynolds walked into Erebus was a magical day, he belongs here,” Klimenko said.
It was a proud day for the Reynolds family.
Betty took me on and believed in me… I always thought I’d race for Betty at one stage.David Reynolds
“This team (Erebus) was bottom of the pack last year when he joined them,” dad John said.
“He’s worked and gelled with the team and he’s dragged them right up to the top now.”
The win with co-driver Luke Youlden has pushed Reynolds into sixth spot in the Supercars’ championship.
He finished 16th in his debut year.
“We want to win the championship,” he said.
“We will put all our resources into that and win more races.”
Fabian Coulthard has a lead of 628 points, with only three rounds left, but Reynolds’ win, at the very least, will provide an enormous confidence boost.
The 32-year-old doesn’t know what impact the win will have, but admits he’s still stunned by it.
“It’s pretty cool to have your name etched in ink for something that’s so special,” he said.