Border trio part of Aussie cars field

Albury’s John Reynolds with his AU Falcon replica for the Aussie Racing Cars series racing in Adelaide this weekend.
Albury’s John Reynolds with his AU Falcon replica for the Aussie Racing Cars series racing in Adelaide this weekend.

ALBURY’S flying dentist Dr John Reynolds, fellow Albury driver Lachie McDonald and Finley’s Hagen Skinner are part of a record entry of Aussie Racing Cars competing at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide that began yesterday.

Reynolds, father of V8 Supercars driver David, is in his third season and is enjoying every minute of it.

“A lot of us older blokes competing in the series — I’m now 58 — are just having a lot of fun, while the younger brigade are looking to further their climb up the motorsport ladder,” Reynolds said.

Apart from putting his car on its roof at the first corner of last year’s Gold Coast event, the former rally driver finished sixth in the 2012 Masters Cup and 12th in the 2012 Super Series points table.

Both John and David will compete this year with the number 55 on their cars.

John Reynolds, who is president of the Albury-Wodonga Kart Club, will contest all six rounds of this year’s Aussie Racing Cars Super Series thanks to backing from Absolutely Environmental and son James’ business Kart Equip.

Adelaide will have one of the strongest representations from the region.

Along with David Reynolds, who will be driving his No. 55 The Bottle-O Holden in the main game, Albury-Wodonga will also be represented by Andrew Jones in his Brad Jones Racing ADVAM-sponsored No. 20 VE Commodore in the Dunlop Development series events, Nathan Pretty in his V8 Ute along, with eight V8 Utes prepared by Corowa-based Williams Race Tech, and the three BJR V8 Supercars driven by Jason Bright, Fabian Coulthard and David Wall.

David said he was looking forward to a good year.

“I’ve had a really good off-season. Testing has been okay and while we’d all like to do more miles, we did a lot last year so we are probably better off than most teams.”

Andrew Jones is also pleased to be back behind the wheel.

“This year’s Dunlop series has many teams upgrading to ex-main game cars which will make it the most competitive in its history,” Jones said.

“I’m looking forward to jumping into Brighty’s 2012 race car, the one we shared at Sandown and Bathurst, which I think will put us towards the front of the field.”

Other events include the Porsche Carrera Cup and Australian GT Championships.