Great final race with Kelly Racing for Reindler

Karl Reindler

REVIEW: Karl Reindler Racing, Sydney Telstra 500, Homebush
V8 Supercars Rnd#29/30 (November 30 - December 2)

Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing's Karl Reindler finished his tenure with Kelly Racing in the best way possible with two solid races at Homebush during the final race of the 2012 V8 Supercar Championship series, taking his maiden top ten finish for the year, and in the process moving up a position in the championship.


"It was a good weekend in the end, everything came together for us," Karl said. "We knew qualifying would be difficult, because that wasn't the strength of this car, but we also knew that if we got it right, we'd be able to recover positions during the race.

"Along with Clipsal the Telstra 500 is the single longest race of the year - two 250 kilometre races - and they can be hot work. It didn't help that my cool suit failed on lap 24 [of 74] in race one, so I was grateful of my training which helped me to make it through. The cabin was 55 degrees, so it was hot, but the car worked very well, the communication with the team was good, the pit stops were great and we just kept ticking the boxes.

"In the end I managed to work my way onto Rick's [Kelly] tail in the closing laps to be seventh, but a concern on fuel consumption meant I couldn't challenge him for position. In fact over the closing laps I had to drop off eight seconds a lap - I was short-shifting and rolling out of the throttle at the end of the straight, I was also on the lowest leanest fuel setting which wasn't ideal for the engine - but we made it okay.

"I looked at the time sheets of the guys ahead of me, and assuming I could have kept my pace up and managed to find a way past them, I was on track for fourth, but against a possible DNF, I'll take seventh every time!"

Unfortunately Sunday's second and final qualifying session for the year provided little joy for the Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing team, with Karl recording just one lap before an engine detonation.

"We pushed it hard during race one and I was concerned Saturday night that we should change it, but the general feeling was that it would be okay, so to change it in the two hours between qualifying and the final race of the year was a huge effort and full credit to the boys for pulling it off under pressure.

"Sunday was cooler, but the engine wasn't as good as the one we had on Saturday, it just wasn't tuned for the conditions. We also made an error with tyre pressures and started too low, so it took five to six laps for them to get up to speed, and with the number of Safety Car periods we had, I just couldn't stick with the lead pack on the restarts so it was hard going.

"One we got going though, we were fast and we actually set the fourth fastest first sector of the race, so I was pretty happy about that.

"14th wasn't ideal, but it was the best we could do under the circumstances, and a nice way to cap off the year. Now it's down to Christmas parties and catching up with my sponsors and my family, and finalise my plans for for 2013.

"I'd like to thank Kelly Racing for their support over the last 12 months, and all the great guys in the Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing crew, they really put their hearts into the team this year. I'd also like to thank my sponsors and my family for their support, and my great fans who have been right behind me during my time in the sport."


2012 V8 Supercars - Sydney Telstra 500 - Qualifying (Race 29)
1. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
2. Rick Kelly (KR Commodore)
3. Russell Ingall (WR Commodore)
4. Tim Slade (SBR Falcon)
5. Michael Caruso (GRM Commodore)
21. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

2012 V8 Supercars - Sydney Telstra 500 - Race 29
1. Craig Lowndes (Triple 8 Commodore) - 74 laps
2. Tim Slade (SBR Falcon)
3. James Courtney (HRT Commodore)
4. Jonathon Webb (Tekno Commodore)
5. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore)
7. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

2012 V8 Supercars - Sydney Telstra 500 - Qualifying (Race 30)
1. Garth Tander (HRT Commodore)
2. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
3. James Courtney (HRT Commodore)
3. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
4. Jonathon Webb (Tekno Commodore)
5. Craig Lowndes (Triple 8 Commodore)
26. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

2012 V8 Supercars - Sydney Telstra 500 - Race 30
1. Will Davison (FPR Falcon) - 74 laps
2. Craig Lowndes (Triple 8 Commodore)
3. James Courtney (HRT Commodore)
4. Tim Slade (SBR Falcon)
5. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore)
14. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)


2012 V8 Supercar Championship
1. Jamie Whincup (Holden) - 3861 points
2. Craig Lowndes (Holden) - 3522
3. Mark Winterbottom (Ford) - 3457
4. Will Davison (Ford) - 3049
5. Tim Slade (Ford) - 2790
24. Karl Reindler (Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Holden) - 1147


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 (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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