Dave Reynolds tops opening day in Adelaide
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David Reynolds has topped opening practice at the Superloop Adelaide 500, in a session ended by an unusual collision.
Reynolds was quickest in his Penrite Racing Commodore ahead of fellow Red Bull’s Shane van Gisbergen in what will be an emotional Virgin Australia Supercars Championship event for Holden drivers.
Will Davison was quickest of the Mustang’s in third.
Chaz Mostert was fourth on his Holden debut, ahead of Mustang drivers Cameron Waters, two-time defending Champion Scott McLaughlin and his Shell Ford teammate Fabian Coulthard.
Nick Percat, Jamie Whincup and Anton De Pasquale completed the top 10.
"My car was pretty good straight out of the gate," said Reynolds.
"At the test day on Tuesday I was like 16th or something and that was my genuine pace, so I was looking to make all these excuses, but I was genuinely slow.
"Then different track, different day and my car was amazing, straight out of the gate I had a ball.
"It's difficult though, like it's not easy to drive, I'm battling everywhere, heaps of oversteer, but it's a lot of fun."
The red flags were shown two minutes from the scheduled end of Practice 1 with Lee Holdsworth and Garry Jacobson’s cars stranded in the Turn 4 run-off.
The front-left of Holdsworth’s Mustang made contact with the rear-right of Jacobson’s Commodore that appeared to move onto the racing line while travelling slowly on an outlap.
Holdsworth and Jacobson spoke soon after, the latter apologising. The incident will be investigated post-session.
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Another crew with a job ahead of them is Kelly Racing after Rick Kelly hit the Turn 8 wall late in the session.
Kelly’s Mustang had earlier been leaking fuel but ultimately ended up 11th in a promising first outing.
"What I did is brake a little bit too early and just released the brake a smidgen earlier than I should've, and what happens is the front pops up and you lose your steering," explained Kelly.
"I need to grow a pair on the way in there and brake deeper and keep the weight on the front, which will actually be quicker for us."
James Courtney had an eventful first outing in his Team Sydney Commodore, en route to 22nd, his day ending early after a collision with Todd Hazelwood ion the Brad Jones Racing Commodore.
Bryce Fullwood was best of the three rookies in the field, placing 13th – little more than half a second off the pace set by Reynolds. Zane Goddard was 23rd for UNIT Racing, with Brad Jones Racing’s Jack Smith rounding out the timesheets.