David Reynolds knows his way around the Mount Panorama racing circuit. He won the Bathurst 1000 there three months ago while driving for the Erebus Motorsport team, where ahead of the race, he would have seemed an outsider looking in, as the Erebus squad lacks the money and horsepower of some of the bigger teams.
He will be trading in his Penrite Holden for a Mercedes AMG GT3, and even non-motorsport fans realise an upgrade of major magnitude when they see it.
Reynolds will be teamed with Joh Martin, Liam Talbot and car owner Mark Griffith in the Pro-Am class of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
He has previously competed in endurance racing and has run the Bathurst 12 Hour several times, saying that he enjoys the more relaxed atmosphere, compared to the Supercars circuit.
Switching a Ford for a Mercedes obviously has an appeal all its own.
“One of the things I like as a person is that it’s got all of the most-expensive cars in the world,” Reynolds said.“You’re like ‘I could have that one, I would have that one, I’d have that one’, if you had all of the money in the world, these are the cars you’d buy.We’re lucky enough that we can drive the s*** out of them and thrash them, but we’re too poor to afford them! It’s a fine line.”
If Reynolds and his mates were to manage a victory, Reynolds would join a group of fewer than 10 drivers to win the Bathurst Liqui-Moly 12 Hour and the Bathurst 1000. More so, if he could win the 2018 edition of the 12 Hour, he would be just their third driver to win both races back-to-back.
The other two to manage that feat were Gregg Hansford, who won what was then the James Hardie 12 Hour in 1994 after winning in Supercars in 1993 (Hansford was a big bikie racer) and Jonathon Webb who won the 12 Hour in 2016, and then won the Bathurst 1000 at near the end of the year.