Close but not quite enough in Townsville

Karl Reindler

REVIEW: Karl Reindler Racing, Sucrogen Townsville 400
V8 Supercars Rnd#14/15 (July 6-8), Townsville, QLD

Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing's Karl Reindler leaves Townsville wondering what might have been after two frustrating races over the weekend, two races where he was both the quickest Kelly Racing team entry, and a potential top ten finisher, unfortunately though in both races he was thwarted by circumstance; first contact from another competitor and a mechanical failure, then strategy on the soft tyre.

"We suffered a drama in opening practice which cost us valuable laps. It's difficult in that situation not to get caught up and write off the whole day, so we strategised and concentrated on the most critical elements of what we were trying to achieve and by the end of the day we'd caught up to where we wanted to be.

"On old tyres we were quick, in fact in qualifying two we were third fastest early behind Rick [Kelly], but whilst we gained a tenth and a half with fresh green tyres, the rest of the field gained six tenths - and it was the same for all four Kelly Racing cars, so it's an issue as a team we have to work on."


Unfortunately for Karl there were some minor issues during qualifying which dropped the Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing [FDSR] Commodore down the order, although he was still under a second off the pole, but despite the setback Karl remained focused on the job at hand, convinced he had the race pace to run in the top half of the field.


Rocketing off the line for the opening race, he was turned around in turn one by Taz Douglas, but he admitted afterwards that it was just a typical turn one incident at Townsville. "I don't think it was Taz's fault, he was probably squeezed and pushed from behind too, but it was typical. After all these years I still don't understand why people think they have to win the race in the opening corner.


"From there I had to pit to have repairs made, but what was good was that on returning to the circuit we were the fastest car on the track. I was 40 seconds down on the pack when I rejoined, and I actually caught the tail end of the field and managed to get back into the top ten, only to have the diff pump fail.. we lost 12 laps as a result, and went back onto the hard tyre to conserve our softs.


"It looks like the problem was a part failure, because it doesn't appear to have been a result of the opening lap hit. I could se the diff temperature rising, and in the end we didn't have a choice, I had to pit. The FDSR boys did a great job to fix it and get me back out there, but being 12 laps down we were just ticking over until the finish."


"The green tyre issue cost us again in qualifying for race two, the car was just lethargic when it should have been sharp, it just doesn't seem to handle the extra grip. All the KR cars are the same - it might be a chassis thing, which kind of explains whey we're always quick in the wet.


"Anyway, I got another good start and worked my way through the field. It was refreshing for me to catch, pass and drive away from Todd for the second round in a row, so we're certainly moving in the right direction wit the car, and we were looking good for a top 15, but got caught out by a late race Safety Car on the soft tyre.


"I did my best to keep the heat in the tyres before the restart, but after we were underway it was clear I only had another useful lap or so from the set, and I lost about seven spots before the flag. The drop off on the soft tyre is a bit like falling off a cliff, it's pretty dramatic..


"We would have liked a better result, but I'm really pleased that we're heading in the right direction with the car. We know where the strengths and the weaknesses are now, and we've been comfortably the quickest Kelly car over the last couple of rounds, so that's very encouraging as a driver.


"Now it's on to Queensland Raceway where I'll be looking to improve on qualifying inside the top ten like I did last year. It's a different ball-game with the Kelly car, but I'm pretty confident that we're getting closer to where we need to be and that's what it's all about."

2012 Sucrogen Townsville 400 - Qualifying Race 14

1. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
2. David Reynolds (RNR Falcon)
3. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore)
4. Steve Owen (DJR Falcon)
5. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
24. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)


2012 Sucrogen Townsville 400 - Race 14
1. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore) - 72 laps
2. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
3. Garth Tander (HRT Commodore)
4. Fabian Coulthard (BJR Holden)
5. Craig Lowndes (Triple 8 Commodore)
25. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)


2012 Sucrogen Townsville 400 - Qualifying Race 15
1. David Reynolds (RNR Falcon)
2. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
3. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
4. Steve Owen (DJR Falcon)
5. Craig Lowndes (Triple 8 Commodore)
25. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)


2012 Sucrogen Townsville 400 - Race 15
1. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore) - 72 laps
2. Craig Lowndes (Triple 8 Commodore)
3. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
4. Garth Tander (HRT Commodore)
5. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)

22. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

2012 V8 Supercar Championship
1. Jamie Whincup (Holden) - 1794 points
2. Mark Winterbottom (Ford) - 1694
3. Will Davison (Ford) - 1654
4. Craig Lowndes (Holden) - 1496
5. Shane Van Gisbergen (Ford) - 1280
6. Garth Tander (Holden) - 1239
7. Lee Holdsworth (Holden) - 1190
8. Tim Slade (Ford) - 1170
9. Fabian Coulthard (Holden) - 1030
10. David Reynolds (Ford) - 951


24. Karl Reindler (Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Holden) - 479      

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 - Eastern Creek, NSW (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 - Winton Motor Raceway, VIC (November 16-18)
Event 15 - Sydney Telstra 500 (November 30-December 2)

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

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