THE V8 joker has turned serious. Dave Reynolds last night declared he would be all business this year as he sets his sights on winning his first Supercars crown.
Sitting in second place on the championship ladder following a last start win in Melbourne, the Holden driver declared himself a genuine title chance after his surprise season start.
And there will be no funny business on the track with the flowerpot throwing, shoe sipping prankster to follow the no-nonsense championship blueprint of V8 immortal Jamie Whincup.
“To win the championship we will have to win races and also be consistent,’’ Reynolds said.
“Last year the fastest car did not win the championship. Scott McLaughlin was the fastest but Jamie Whincup won through consistency.
“He took fourth when that was all his car was good enough to do and he won when it was good enough to win. That is what I have to do this year. You have to do the best you can with what you have.’’
Reynolds has stormed his way into title contention after two rounds by outpointing big-name rivals like Red Bull recorder breaker Whincup and DJR Penske flyer McLaughlin.
But the shock start has come as no surprise to the Erebus Motorsport top gun.
“It is all going great at the moment,’’ Reynolds said. “And to be honest it is not a surprise for any of us on the inside. It certainly might be a surprise for anyone outside, but not with in our team. I think last year from Bathurst on we had a chance to win a lot more races than what we did. We just didn’t play our cards right.
“The only thing that surprised me a little was my result at Adelaide. It is a place I never thought I would go well at and it just goes to show how good the car is.’’
Having already won the Bathurst 1000 with a fairytale blast around Mount Panorama last year, Reynolds is hoping to drive his all new Commodore ZB all the way to a series title.
“Our goal is to stay in the hunt until the last couple of rounds,’’ Reynolds said.
“And then we will see what happens. As you saw last year it was a huge climax. We want to be in the hunt. To do that we will have to have minimal mistakes and no DNF’s.’’
Despite Holden’s season starting domination, Reynolds declared the Ford Falcon was still faster than the ZB over a flying lap.
“Every time you build a new car it will be slightly better than the old one,’’ Reynolds said.
“But the category is so tight that you can’t get any real advantage.
“At the grand prix McLaughlin had the fastest car over a single lap by far so we haven’t caught them yet. But we have worked really hard over the last year to get a strong base set up for every track. Every time we roll the car out we are confident of being quick straight away. We just tuned it up from there.’’
Reynolds declared he would be a contender at Symmons Plains this weekend.
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