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“I’m kinda happy but I’m not winning and I want
to win. I want podiums and wins because that’s what
pays the bills and makes you feel better.
“But I’ve been doing this for a long time and know
there are a lot more lows than highs. Unless you’re
Jamie Whincup,” he says with another laugh.
And that’s typical of Reynolds. Crazy Dave is more
like Captain Happy, or the Joker, but with a steel
streak that he keeps hidden until he straps his hard
hat in place. It’s something that goes back as far as
the 28-year-old can remember.
He began racing in the early 1990s in Albury, then
stopped for a time in favour of tennis when things
got overpowering. There was even talk of the junior
“It sounds weird but I found racing stressful,” he
says. “I got really nervous before every race. I did
pretty good in go-karts. I should have won a few
national championships but things happen, the same
“Then myself and Dad got involved with Wodonga
TAFE and their motorsport program. We went racing
And here is a giant insight to Reynolds the racer: “I
have to win, otherwise I won’t progress. Mentally, I
have to win to progress. I should probably have got a
V8 chance earlier but I said I wouldn’t go until I could
prove myself in the lower categories.”
There was a massive potential setback when he
crashed an Elfin in a road rally and his co-driver
was killed. It would have been too much for some
people but Reynolds worked through the incident
and carried on. It’s typical of a bloke that’s always
done whatever it took.
Reynolds continues to push forward, but he says
there is no frustration as Mark
Winterbottom fights for regular
wins ahead of his teammates.
“I don’t really mind; it’s good for
the team and everyone has worked
hard for it,” says Reynolds.
“If I put Mark’s setup on my
car I’d go half a second slower. He
sees the corner and the apex com-
pletely differently to any other
human. I’ve looked at his data for a long time and
that’s not how I’d do it. But he’s been doing it for a
very long time and these cars are different beasts.
“I can learn a little bit from him but not a lot. I
have to do things differently, come up with different
things. Myself and Will Davison were pretty similar.”
Regardless of the results, Racy Dave still loves
driving and competing.
“I still get a buzz,” he says. “If you have a good race
or massive moment it gets the blood going. When the
car is hooked up and you’re fast you really enjoy it.
“I’ve lived racing for 20-odd years and I don’t think
I’m doing anything wrong. It’s a combination of con-
fidence and self-belief that you need to be in the top
two. But it builds, once you start getting good results
and keep getting them.
“I take my hat off to people who can consistently
put it up the front. Jamie and Craig (Lowndes) are
both very race smart and Whincup understands every
point is vital. Generally, when his car is not working
well he races well. It’s the back people who race for
sheep stations and there is a lot of desperation.”
But there is no desperation for Racy Dave, even
though he’s out of contract at the end of 2015 and,
like all drivers, can never be totally certain about his
“When you’re at the back of the grid or not going so
good, it seems so far away,” he says. “When you’re at
the front it seems so easy. Sometimes the car feels the
same as the last track but the result is very different.
“Racing is a funny sport and all you think about is
the next race. And most of us are the same, taking it
one race at a time. That’s all that matters.
“Racing; that’s my career plan. I’ve never thought
about life after racing. I’ll do this as long as I can and
then worry about it.
“I’ve met a lot of weird and wonderful people
through racing, made a lot of good friends out of it.
I’ve met a lot of good contacts.
“You enjoy the highs, but it’s the same old story.
At the end of the day, racing is about entertainment
and having fun.
“Technically, it’s a real job but not a nine-to-five job.
You have to enjoy the time you spend racing because
you never know when it’s going to be up.”
V8 Supercars hasn’t been easy
for David Reynolds. He had a
year on the bench and a messy
split from Kelly Racing and his
mentor John Crennan.
“John gave me a job, working
at Holden Special Vehicles (in
2006) to learn the business,” he
says. “Then he got me involved
in the team. I ended up doing
the enduros with them, but then
got moved to the SuperCheap
car with Cameron McConville,
then with Paul Dumbrell, then I
got the drive in the Bundy car.
“I was pumped, but I was
overwhelmed at the time. Back
then, the cars were difficult to
drive and there were a million
setup things. I was swamped.
“Then I got the sack at the
end of the year from Craig
Wilson. I did the enduros the
following year with Will Davison
and that was heaps of fun,
because Will is one of my best
mates in the pitlane.”
And the time with Kelly
Racing and the messy ending?
“I enjoyed racing there, to
begin with,” he says. “I got
some good results and enjoyed
driving the car. It was just the
end of it. It didn’t end well.”
Reynolds says it was uncer-
tainty, and not disloyalty, that
led to the move to Rod Nash.
“I started to show a lot of
pace with the Kellys and I got
contacted by another team,”
he says. “I had a two-year
unsigned deal and an unsure
sponsor. I’d been benched
before and wasn’t prepared to
do that again.
“I qualified third at Townsville
and was leading when the
engine failed. Tim Edwards
called and that’s where it
Things got ugly with Crennan.
“It’s a shame,” he says. “I
really looked up to John, he’s a
very smart individual.”
So do the pair keep in touch?
“No,” says Reynolds simply.
reynolds has thrived
under team boss
his maiden v8
at the Gold Coast
600 in 2013.
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