DAVE Reynolds heads into the Supercar series endurance events with well-founded confidence on the back of a string of consistent performances this year.
Reynolds’ Penrite commodore has been inside the top 10 for most of the year but more importantly it’s been fast on different track layouts, allowing him to score points all season.
He teams up with Luke Youlden for the three co-driver races of the year.
Youlden has had stints with powerhouse Ford Performance Racing and Albury outfit BJR in recent years.
They were at Winton Raceway this week in the lead-up to this weekend’s Sandown 500.
“It was mostly making sure that our processes were solid,” Reynolds said.
“In these longer races, you can’t afford mistakes in the pits with driver changes etc. so we did a lot of work on those things and Luke got to turn some laps.
“We’re in for a good show if we can in some good practice sessions – as usual qualifying is always tight, but in a 500km race you can work your way to the front if you’ve car speed, so that’s what we’ll be looking for; you can’t do that in a normal one hour race.”
Having a quick co-driver is imperative in this form of racing and Youlden has been happy when he’s been in the car this year.
“I had a run at Winton and also at Queensland raceway and the car felt great,” Youlden said.
“It’s a good team and I’m pretty happy to be here and can’t wait to see how we go.”
Sunday’s race is 161 laps of the southern Melbourne circuit with teams expected to make between three and four pits stops throughout the afternoon.
Practice starts on Friday.