Back to the future for FDSR and Reindler

Karl Reindler

Back to the future for FDSR and Reindler at Bathurst

PREVIEW: Karl Reindler Racing, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
V8 Supercars Rnd#21 (October 4-7), Bathurst, NSW

"Maybe it's the fact that it's the 50th anniversary of the event that has me all fired up for the weekend ahead, but I don't know that I've ever been more excited ahead of a race than I am for this weekend," Karl Reindler admitted on the eve of the 2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

"It might be the new liveries that are appearing for the weekend - and I'm especially proud of the livery we have on our car - but there's a real buzz in the air in the leadup, it's great!"

Added to the mix of Championship Series cars that have adopted a one-off special 50th anniversary livery, Karl's car - which he's sharing with New Zealander Daniel Gaunt - reflects the livery used by the 'King of the Mountain' - Peter Brock - in his debut at Mount Panorama in 1969 in an HT Monaro GTS350 that he shared with Des West.

"I love it, I think it's one of the nicest looking liveries that has been revealed so far. With any luck we can not only replicate the livery, but also the result, with Brock and West having finished third that year behind team-mates Colin Bond and Tony Roberts (winners) and Bruce McPhee and Barry Mulholland."

After a mixed season to date, Karl is hoping the new look will re-fire his championship season, but admits that Bathurst has always been kind to the West Australian.

"I've been lucky to have finished in all four starts so far - I hope I can continue that trend this weekend. Bathurst is a track where I always seem to go well, perhaps because it's so physical and demanding mentally.

"Last year I was hanging on to a comfortable top ten finish before being caught out in the dying stages on an oil spill at the Chase which forced a lockup and a flat-spot which was difficult to manage over the closing laps, but we held on to finish 14th.

"The Kelly's too have been strong at Bathurst in the past, with all three of my team-mates (Todd Kelly, Rick Kelly and Greg Murphy) having won on the mountain.

"Strategy always plays into the equation, something I know only too well and again, like Sandown, it's an area where my engineer Mathieu Galoche has a lot of experience from his time in Europe with the Le Mans series.

"I've been doing some homework on weather too, and it looks like being reasonable up till Sunday which is expected to be cool and possibly wet at times. That's great for us, because our cars are always strong in the wet, but we need to work on our dry weather setup and that will be the focus of practice.

"Last year David Reynolds ran the car with Kelly Racing, and he openly admits it was the best car he'd ever driven, in fact he managed to qualify fourth and run inside the lead pack for much of the race.

"We have that setup, and will run a hybrid of that and what we've discovered in all our testing as a starting point. From there we'll refine it and work our way towards a top ten finish. I know it's achievable because we were on target last year.

"It will be nice too that Dan [Gaunt] will get extra miles in the Carrera Cup race, so he'll be well and truly 'dialed in' by the time Sunday comes around.

"Depending on the weather and the strategy, it's likely I'll start and finish, and we might double-stint Dan during the mid section of the race, it just depends on what the weather is like and where we are in the field.

"All I can say is bring it on, I can't wait!"

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Karl Reindler and the Bathurst 1000;

2011 - BJR Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing VE Commodore II

Co-driver: David Wall

Qualifying: P27 (2:09.4020)

Race: P14 (161-laps)

2010 - BJR Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing VE Commodore II

Co-driver: David Wall

Qualifying: P22 (2:08.8156)

Race: P15 (161-laps)

2009 - Britek Fujitsu Racing FG Falcon

Co-driver: Jason Bright

Qualifying: P12 (2:07.8048 - Bright)

Race: P11 (161-laps)

2008 - Ford Rising Stars Racing Ausdrill BF Falcon

Co-driver: Michael Patrizi

Qualifying: P19 (2:09.4965 - Patrizi)

Race: P11 (156-laps)

 

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2012 V8 Supercar Championship

1. Jamie Whincup (Holden) - 2472 points

2. Mark Winterbottom (Ford) - 2440

3. Craig Lowndes (Holden) - 2353

4. Will Davison (Ford) - 2236

5. Shane Van Gisbergen (Ford) - 1882

6. Garth Tander (Holden) - 1764

7. Tim Slade (Ford) - 1662

8. Fabian Coulthard (Holden) - 1541

9. Lee Holdsworth (Holden) - 1449

10. David Reynolds (Ford) - 1404

24. Karl Reindler (Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Holden) - 734

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2012 V8 Supercar Championship Series Calendar

Event 01 - Clipsal 500, Adelaide (March 1-4)

Non-champ. - Australian F1 Grand Prix (March 15-18)

Event 02 - Tasmania Challenge (March 30-April 1)

Event 03 - ITM 400, Hamilton, NZ (April 20-22)

Event 04 - Trading Post Perth Challenge (May 4-6)

Event 05 - Phillip Island, VIC (May 18-20)

Event 06 - Skycity Triple Crown, Darwin (June 15-17)

Event 07 - Sucrogen Townsville 400 (July 6-8)

Event 08 - Coates Hire Ipswich 300 (August 3-5)

Event 09 - Sydney Motorsport Park 360, NSW (August 24-26)

Event 10 - Dick Smith Sandown 500 (September 14-16)

Event 11 - Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, NSW (October 4-7)

Event 12 - Armor All Gold Coast 600 (October 19-21)

Event 13 - Yas Marina V8 400 (November 2-4)

Event 14 - Winton Motor Raceway, VIC (November 16-18)

Event 15 - Sydney Telstra 500 (November 30-December 2)

 

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2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 - Race Schedule

The times for Thursday, Friday and Saturday are Australian Eastern Standard time,

The times for Sunday are Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time

 

Thursday October 4, 2012

Practice 1; 10:40 - 11:30

Practice 2; 12:55 - 13:40 (co-drivers)

Practice 3; 15:05 - 15:55

 

Friday October 5, 2012

Practice 4; 9:25 - 10:10 (co-drivers)

Practice 5; 11:00 - 11:50

Qualifying; 14:45 - 15:25

 

Saturday October 6, 2012

Practice 6; 10:25 - 11:15

Top 10 Shootout; 16:30 - 17:15

 

Sunday October 7, 2012

Warm-up; 7:25 - 7:45

Race (V8SC Series Race 21); 10:30 - 1000km (161-laps)**

** or one lap after 17:15

 

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2012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 - TV Schedule

The times for Friday and Saturday are Australian Eastern Standard time,

The times for Sunday are Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time

 

Friday October 5, 2012

Qualifying & supports; 13:00 - 16:00pm [Channel 7]

Qualifying & supports; 18:30 - 20:30pm [7-Mate]

 

Saturday October 6, 2012

Top 10 Shootout & supports; 12:00 - 18:00pm [Channel 7]

 

Sunday October 7, 2012

Race (V8SC Series Race 21); 7:00 - 18:00pm [Channel 7]

 

Check schedule (www.v8supercars.com.au ) for 7-Mate, SPEED Channel (Foxtel) and other program times - including BigpondTV which will host each session live.

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Karl Reindler is proudly supported by Kelly Racing, Fair Dinkum Sheds, Wilson Security, AstronTech, EMT, Thomson Aviation, Resource Tyre Company, Nash Bros. Civil and Mining Rental, Glass Assist, Herbalife, Manheim, Fitness First, Focus Bikes, Zise and Sponsorxchange.com

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