Heading north for the winter..

Karl Reindler

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

Coming off a solid run at Phillip Island four weeks ago, Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing's Karl Reindler admits he can't wait to get to Darwin for races 12 and 13 of the season, but whilst you can't blame the West Australian for wanting to head north from his new found home in Melbourne, his motivation stretches well beyond the chance to just see the sun again.

"I'm really looking forward to Darwin. It's always a challenging event, and it's one I love - from the race, to the crowd, and the fun Darwin atmosphere - but it's the chance to get back behind the wheel and try some of the things we've been working on in the factory at Kelly Racing that really has me fired up.

"Last year in Darwin I had to run an interim car after destroying my primary car at Perth in the start line incident, so I didn't get a chance to carry the form and feel of that car through to Darwin. This time though we have a few tricks to try and keep improving the car which performed brilliantly at Phillip island, an event which could very nearly have seen us finish inside the top ten.

"The strategy in Darwin will be a bit like Perth, with the hard and soft tyre combinations. We've been toying with the idea of stopping twice in the longer race, despite the fact we can comfortably go the distance on fuel. We think that we might get better value out of fresher tyres, especially given the tyre wear on the softs in the heat, so that might se us creep up the order.

"We'll just keep chipping away and see how we go. There's some things we want to try on Friday which are bordering on experimental, but they're things that could very well provide the edge we need. I also need to focus on my driving, because we've been chasing our tail with the weather and various issues from round to round, so I haven't been able to just focus on myself, so it will be nice to go to a good track, with a set of known variables, and go out and just do the job."

Regarded as one of the fittest drivers in V8 Supercars, Karl admits that at times, he has been 'shown up' by some of his team mates, but that currently he's in good shape.

"Over the last week we've been doing some additional fitness testing, and I'm happy to say that I recorded far stronger results than I have before, and I was well up on our pre-season results. I'm a little disappointed that Rick [Kelly] didn't get involved, because he beat me in a couple of tests earlier in the year, but he said he couldn't compete because he had a sore neck. I think he was just scared..!"


2012 V8 Supercar Championship
1. Will Davison (Ford) - 1216 points
2. Jamie Whincup (Holden) - 1206
3. Mark Winterbottom (Ford) - 1187
4. Craig Lowndes (Holden) - 977
5. Shane Van Gisbergen (Ford) - 953
6. Lee Holdsworth (Holden) - 932
7. Tim Slade (Ford) - 879
8. Garth Tander (Holden) - 816
9. Fabian Coulthard (Holden) - 766
10. Rick Kelly (Holden) - 673

24. Karl Reindler (Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Holden) - 381

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 300, 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)


2012 Skycity Triple Crown - Race Schedule
The following times are Australian Central Standard time

Friday June 15, 2012
Practice 1; 10:25 - 10:55
Practice 2; 12:00 - 12:30
Practice 3; 13:35 - 14:05
Practice 4; 15:15 - 15:45

Saturday June 16, 2012
Qualifying (Race 12); 11:00 - 11:20
Top Ten Shootout; 12:55 - 13:25
Race One (V8SC Series Race 12); 15:35 - 42 laps*
(42-laps or one lap after 16:45)

Sunday June 17, 2012
Qualifying (Race 13); 12:40 - 13:00
Race Two (V8SC Series Race 13); 15:05 - 69 laps*
(69-laps or one lap after 16:45)


2012 Skycity Triple Crown - TV Schedule
The following times are Australian Central Standard time

Saturday June 16, 2012
Qualifying; 14:00 - 16:00pm [Channel 7]
Race One (V8SC Series Race 12); 16:00-17:30pm [Channel 7]

Sunday June 17, 2012
Qualifying; 14:00 - 15:30pm [Channel 7]
Race Two (V8SC Series Race 13); 15:30-17:30pm [Channel 7]

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


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 <http://Sponsorxchange.com>

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