Challenging Tasmanian Weekend

Karl Reindler

REVIEW: Karl Reindler Racing, 2012 Tasmania Challenge
V8 Supercars Rnd#3/4 (March 30-April 1), Symmons Plains

Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing's Karl Reindler was fired up and ready for opening practice at Symmons Plains after a month long break since the opening round of the Championships Series in Adelaide. The Kelly Racing team had rebuilt the #11 FDSR Commodore after the race two incident at the Australian Grand Prix, and with their strong results in the series southern most event last year, Karl was expecting to be strong.

"The Kelly Racing team have traditionally been very strong in Tasmania, so we were looking for some good points, but unfortunately we were thwarted by a string of mechanical dramas that hit us almost immediately," Karl admitted.

 

 

During Friday's practice session, the team battled with an electrical issue, something which would ultimately impact Karl all weekend. "That limited the number of laps we could work on the car, and it was frustrating because qualifying position is so vital on a circuit where a tenth can be five to ten positions on the grid."

Sadly qualifying didn't provide much more joy, with a power steering failure in Saturday's first qualifier, restricting Karl to just 27th position.

Karl made a conservative start and worked his way through the pack as teams began their pitstop routines, and worked his way through to 23rd after contact late in the race with Taz Douglas.

"I'm not sure what happened there," he admitted with surprise. "I moved over at the hairpin to let him through, and was right on the edge of the track, but he moved up and hit me in the left front. I really don't quite understand it.

"We were having a few dramas. Something in the suspension has had a problem early in the race. We haven't established what it is just yet.

"It made the Fair Dinkum Sheds Commodore very uneven in the braking zones and it was wallowing a lot in the corners.

"It's just frustrating because we've had a number of issues go against us this weekend."

Sunday saw some improvement, but it was clear the laps lost in practice were taking their toll, Karl qualifying less than eight tenths off pole, but that was only good enough for 26th. Another good start allowed Karl to move forward again on strategy, and he was looking good for a finish in the top half of the field before alternator failure forced a late race pitstop.

"I could see it was going to be an issue, but I kept going because I felt we might just be able to make it," Karl admitted. "I turned off the cool suit, the helmet fan, the drink bottles and even the lambda sensors, but in the end it wasn't enough, and I had to pit for another battery.

"We had the pace to finish around P12/P13, which would have provided a good recovery from the dramas of the weekend, but it wasn't to be..

"It's a little frustrating, but it builds confidence knowing that the car did have good race pace.

We will take that from this round and head to Hamilton knowing that the Kelly Racing boys had a great result there last year.

"For me it's back to training. My fantastic sponsors Focus have provided me with one of their latest model road bikes [cycle], so I'll be doing plenty of training on that over the coming weeks, so that we can come out fighting in New Zealand."

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2012 Tasmania Challenge - Qualifying Race Three
1. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
2. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
3. Shane Van Gisbergen (SBR Falcon)
4. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore)
5. Craig Lowndes (Triple 8 Commodore)

27. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

2012 Tasmania Challenge - Race Three
1. Will Davison (FPR Falcon) - 59 laps
2. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
3. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore)
4. Shane Van Gisbergen (SBR Falcon)
5. Craig Lowndes (Triple 8 Commodore)

23. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

2012 Tasmania Challenge - Qualifying Race Four
1. Craig Lowndes (Triple 8 Commodore)
2. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
3. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
4. Shane Van Gisbergen (SBR Falcon)
5. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore)

26. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

2012 Tasmania Challenge - Race Four
1. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore) - 84 laps
2. Shane Van Gisbergen (SBR Falcon)
3. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
4. Tim Slade (SBR Falcon)
5. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
24. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

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2012 V8 Supercar Championship
1. Will Davison (Ford) - 567 points
2. Jamie Whincup (Holden) - 549
3. Mark Winterbottom (Ford) - 471
4. Shane Van Gisbergen (Ford) - 432
5. Lee Holdsworth (Holden) - 387
6. Garth Tander (Holden) - 368
7. Tim Slade (Ford) - 357
8. Craig Lowndes (Holden) - 317
9. Fabian Coulthard (Holden) - 315
10. Todd Kelly (Holden) - 282

23. Karl Reindler (Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Holden) - 159
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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 - Winton Motor Raceway, VIC (August 24-26)
Event 10 - 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 - tbc (November 9-11)
Event 15 - Sydney Telstra 500 (November 30-December 2)

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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 Engineering, Glass Assist, Herbalife, Manheim, Fitness First, Focus Bikes, Zise and Sponsorxchange.com <http://Sponsorxchange.com/>


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