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Karl Reindler

REVIEW: Karl Reindler Racing, Skycity Triple Crown
V8 Supercars Rnd#12/13 (June 15-17), Hidden Valley, NT

Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing's Karl Reindler admitted prior to the Hidden Valley round of the V8 Supercar championship that his Kelly Racing crew were looking to try a couple of 'experimental' things with the #21 Commodore. "We're not 100% sure how they'll go, but we've uncovered some things in the workshop we think could work to our advantage.."

Prophetic words indeed, words which were clearly ringing in a few ears up and down Darwin's pit lane after the second practice session, with the Fair Dinkum Sheds Commodore sitting on top of the timesheets with a best of 1:11.0093.


It was clearly no accident, as Karl outpaced a number of the series top teams to maintain his position well inside the top ten through practice sessions three (sixth; 1:10.2321) and four (sixth; 1:09.8574), to become the undisputed star of day one.

Saturday qualifying saw further improvement, but overnight a number of other teams had unlocked some of Darwin's pace secrets and they too moved forward, Karl eventually grabbing 21st for the opening race, less then a second off pole.

Starting on the harder tyre compound, Karl charged through the field to be third prior to his lap 28 pit stop, before being caught in traffic on the soft tyres, forcing him to conserve and consolidate points.

"I'm happy we pitted as late as we did," he agreed afterwards. "I came on strong in the latter part of the race. I got stuck behind [Michael] Patrizi for a few laps and I was losing half a second a lap so I think we would have been good for 13th or 14th looking at the rate some of the drivers in front of me were dropping off at the end of the race.

"We will make some changes overnight for qualifying tomorrow. It wasn't a bad race car but it would have been better if it had looked after its rears a bit better, but I think that's the story up and down pit lane.  I was pretty comfortable given the heat, but tomorrows race is going to be just as hot and longer. It's tough to back it up again the next day."

Sadly Sunday's qualifier for race 13 saw a markedly different performance from the #21 Fair Dinkum Sheds Commodore, Karl qualifying a frustrating 28th..

"We made some more changes to the car for that session," he admitted, "but unfortunately they took us down the wrong path. It was a little 'lazy' so we've got a bit of work to do before the race, somehow I think we'll be going back to Saturday's setup."

Despite starting rear of field, Karl quickly moved up the order, to be 13th before disaster struck late in the race as the FDSR Commodore was lining up an almost certain top ten finishing position, an engine failure ending the day.

"Man that was disappointing," Karl shrugged afterwards, the frustration visible on his face. "We were good today for about eighth or ninth. I'm just so disappointed for the team. They worked so hard to get this car to run in the top half of the field, and this would have been one of our best finishes for the year, I feel bad for them, they deserved better than that.

"It's a disappointing end to what was a promising start to the weekend, but the reality is we have a lot of positives to take away from this round. We learnt a lot about this car, which we showed from our pace on Friday, and we legitimately passed cars on the circuit, not just in the pits, so we had great pace, the car was very strong today - I just hope it's not track specific.. To be honest I think what we've learned this weekend we'll be able to apply to other circuits, it's just really good news looking ahead to the second half of the season."

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2012 Skycity Triple Crown, Darwin - Qualifying Race 12
1. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
2. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
3. David Reynolds (RNR Falcon)
4. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore)
5. Fabian Coulthard (BJR Holden)
21. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

2012 Skycity Triple Crown - Race 12
1. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore) - 42 laps
2. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
3. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
4. Craig Lowndes (Triple 8 Commodore)
5. David Reynolds (RNR Falcon)

17. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

2012 Skycity Triple Crown, Darwin - Qualifying Race 13
1. Will Davison (FPR Falcon)
2. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
3. David Reynolds (RNR Falcon)
4. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore)
5. Michael Caruso (GRM Commodore)

28. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore)

2012 Skycity Triple Crown - Race 13
1. Craig Lowndes (Triple 8 Commodore) - 69 laps
2. Jamie Whincup (Triple 8 Commodore)
3. Mark Winterbottom (FPR Falcon)
4. Michael Caruso (GRM Commodore)
5. Fabian Coulthard (BJR Commodore)      DNF. Karl Reindler (FDSR Commodore) - 45 laps

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2012 V8 Supercar Championship
1. Jamie Whincup (Holden) - 1494 points
2. Will Davison (Ford) - 1456
3. Mark Winterbottom (Ford) - 1445
4. Craig Lowndes (Holden) - 1247
5. Shane Van Gisbergen (Ford) - 1145
6. Lee Holdsworth (Holden) - 1079
7. Tim Slade (Ford) - 1059
8. Garth Tander (Holden) - 990
9. Fabian Coulthard (Holden) - 910
10. Jason Bright (Holden) - 804

25. Karl Reindler (Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Holden) - 435
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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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