The Northern Territory news Mon 22 Jun 2015
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+ -6 SPORT Flushed his way to flag HBEKKA WAKE PRODRIVE Racing Australia's David Reynolds held off teammate Chaz Mostert and Brad Jones Racing's Fabian Coulthard to win the second race of his career at the SKYCITY Triple Crown. Reynolds had not won a race since 2013 and made the most of his top spot on the winners' podium by drinking his celebration champagne from his race boot. The unique drinking style had some people scratching their heads given the 29-yearold was suffering crippling stpmach problems just before the race start. "I visited the toilet twice and I never take racetrack voos at all, it's unheard of," Reynolds said at the post-race press conference. .., "And the funny thing was there was a frog in the toilet, a green tree frog looking at me the whole time." The Darwin toilet experience may have been the extra spot of luck Reynolds needed to carry his green Ford Falcon ~uough the 200km race. Having qualified in pole, also his first since 2013, Reynolds was beaten to turn one oy Fabian Coulthard. But Freightliner Racing's Coulthard made an error that allowed Reynolds to slip by for the lead 12 laps into the 70-lap dash. Reynolds also veered offtrack mid-race avoiding Michael Caruso's Nissan. He redressed and rejoined behind the Altima, but it was a critical moment of the race, With race control deeming it acceptable. He ultimately crossed the line first by 0.87 seconds ahead of stablemate Chaz Mostert and Coulthard and was pleased and relieved to take his second career victory. "Probably the team deserved it more than I do. But I've put a Jot of work into it over the last couple of months, and try probably harder than anyone off the track to try and make myself think better and be better," Reynolds said. "I think if I can keep doing drives like today and if I have the car like I did today then I think I'll be up the front again." Reynolds set the pace early in the weekend at Hidden Valley, breaking the lap record twice in Friday's practice laps to become the first driver to do a 66 second lap on the Darwin track. He then eclipsed Friday's records in yesterday's qualifying race, his fastest lap time just lmin 06.253 sec. His Saturday races didn't quite go to plan, finishing 16th and 10th in race 13 and 14 respectively. With the absence of safety car interruptions in yesterday's race, meant tyre strategies really came into play. Reynolds' Ford spent just 11 of the 70 laps on the hard tyres before a puncture saw him pulling into the pits 10 laps before he had planned. Despite having soft tyres that were 10 laps older than the rest of the field, Reynolds was able to hang on for the win. "At the end there I tried to push on and I pulled a tiny little gap there by driving to the car's strengths and it was a really good race," he said. SkyCity Triple Crown VS Supercars R*Jund 5 Race 3 Results 1. David Reynolds (Ford) 1:20:42 2. Chaz Mostert (Ford) 1:20:43 3. Fabian Coulthard (Holden) 1:20:43 4. Shane Van Gisbergen (Holden) 1:20:51 5. Mark Winterbottom (Ford) 1:20:55 . . . . MONDAY JUNE 22 2015 --------------- -------------------------------------------- Coulthard repays the boys' with podium finish JORDAN McARDLE FABIAN Coulthard turned his horrid luck around to secure a podium finish in Hidden Valley's final V8 Supercars meet of the weekend yesterday. The Freightliner Racing driver's new Holden Commodore VF was left battered after a collision during Saturday's racing which resulted in a DNF against his name. But plenty of elbow grease from his team overnight helped Coulthard get back on the track for yesterday's 70-Jap race. "After Saturday I felt like this was a good way to repay the boys, they had a late night fixing all the damage and get ting the car back out there," he said. "It's been a good day for VJR with three cars in the top-10, we just need to keep that momentum rolling." The New Zealander admitted it felt like a weekend "that could've been" and any of the top three drivers in yesterday's race had their chances to come out on top. "It was pretty tough out there and the pace was pretty fast," he said. "Any three of us could've won the race ... I feel like that slip-up with Andre (Heimgartner) didn't help." When asked if he'd chat with Heimgartner about the incident, Coulthard didn't hold back in his response. "I think I'll have going and have a chat with him," he said. "It won't be a good chat either." Record pace has team just absolutely lapping it up in Darwin IT'S very exciting to leave Hidden Valley with our name. + h1 the record books. In yesterday afternoon's final race, we bolted on our set of soft tyres, and were able to set a new lap record. The only downer was that we weren't able to replicate our qualifying performance from Saturday, and from 17th we could only climb back up to 13th at the checkered flag. The change in the track characteristics between Saturday and Sunday was incredible. The surface started to rubber up, and it induced a bit of a different handling characteristic in our Jack Daniel's Nissan. We weren't quite where we needed to be in qualifying, but then again, if we were one tenth of a second quicker we would have started from eighth position, which is where I would have loved to have started that race. Ifwe had done that, then things would have unfolded completely differently. Starting down the pack, we got bumped around a little bit in the first few laps, but we managed to settle into position and cruise to the finish. Owning the new lap record shows great progression for us, and it backs up the fastest race laps we had in Perth and Winton. Three from three isn't bad, but we just need to ensure we qualify at the front to make the most of our race pace. We can take a lot from the weekend, the team did a great job, but of course like everyone we want more. Cheers Darwin, it's been a lot of fun. NTNEOl,.ZOlMA - Vl